Five Napkin Burger (35-01 36th St., Astoria)
Been wanting to baptize yourself in the recent burger craze that seems to have hit Astoria like a tsunami? Perturbed debating which topping combinations to explore, and wishing you had an extra stomach to sample multiples? Not feeling uber-ravenous, or simply just not quite ready to drop $22.50 for the Burger for Two, or even $14.95 for the signature Five Napkin Burger? Exclusively at the Astoria location, Five Napkin Burger has recently announced their daily slider happy hour, featuring slider portions of three of their most popular versions for just $2 each from 4 - 7pm.
Two George Washingtons buys you a mini-me of the signature Five Napkin Burger (actual slider pictured above), fresh ground chuck mini-patty grilled and sassed up with caramelized onions, melted gruyere cheese, and a blanket of rosemary aioli...
Or maybe you'd rather try the herbed deliciousness that is the Italian Turkey Burger, with melted mozzarella cheese, spicy tomato sauce, and vinegar peppers on a sesame roll. Just $2.
Not to exclude the herbivores, $2 will even get you the sundried-tomato-packed 5N Veggie Burger, drizzled with 5N sauce, crowned with bread & butter pickle slices.
Wanting to spice it up with something outside of a bun, a tray of four pork taquitos garnished with queso fresco, pico de gallo, and sour cream is also just $2.
Hell's Kitchen Wings are just 50-cents a piece (minimum of 4), and all beers on draft cost only $4. I'm not sure how long this rediculicious special will be running, so be sure to take advantage of it while it lasts. Again, Slider Happy Hour is only at the Astoria location, yet another great reason to call this side of the island home.
And yes, I tried each snack just a nano-second after I snapped a photograph... Burgers like these make it hard to show restraint and wait to capture an image first. I'm a huge fan of the actual Five Napkin Burger, soft bun, buttery burger, velvety gruyere, and the rosemary aioli is a refreshing garden-kissed cream sauce. For something different, I recommend the Italian turkey burger, literally exploding with wonderfully tangy and robust flavors. But at $2 a piece, you could have two of each slider, and get six mini-burgers for a total bill that is still $2.95 cheaper than one full-priced Five Napkin Burger with a side of fries. Now that's what I call an awesome deal.
Tip: Since they don't come with the sliders, skip the fries, and order the tater tots instead ($4.75) which are a small bowl of outrageously tasty mini potato croquettes, crispy golden breading with herbed mashed potatoes inside... yum!