Meat Up at Burg in Newark with Chef Chris Siversen

Newark's Military Park has a burger place worth raving about.

WAHOO! We have found another burger place to rave about. The hand-crafted burger made with a signature blend of chuck, short rib, brisket and a bit of dry-aged beef was enough to impel the Safersteins to take a ride to Newark. Burg, the newly opened restaurant from Chris Siversen (who is also the chef/owner of Maritime Parc in Jersey City, one of our favorite restaurants) uses meat from DeBragga & Spitler, a top quality meat purveyor.

Chicken, lamb and seafood burgers, as well as salads and mini-doughnuts are offered. Options include a Cowboy burger topped with roast beef, BBQ sauce, and onions; chicken burger with kale pesto, pickled onions and sautéed mushrooms; or a lamb burger with olive hummus, feta, and tzatziki. Non-meat items include a double decker grilled cheese, tuna burger, disco fries, kale Caesar and arugula salad with blue cheese, poached pears, spiced walnuts and shallot vinaigrette.

We were here for the meat, and opted for the Classic with cheese, lettuce, tomato, a special sauce, and the Korean with kimchee relish, gochujang mayo, fried egg and a cucumber-scallion slaw. Both were delicious, juicy and served medium rare as ordered. We especially liked the spicy flavors on the Korean burger mixed with the oozing egg yolk. And of course, we ordered fries. Here, they are hand cut and served piping hot. Two other sides were tried: crispy broccoli florets that we were obsessing over and sweet/half sour fried pickles that were addictive.

Both wine and beer are on tap and very reasonably priced at $8. At Happy Hour, 4 to 7 PM, wines are $6 and beers $4. Maple-bourbon soft serve ice cream topped with birthday cake topping was a refreshing dessert, although next time we will try the Bag O Doughnuts sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, vanilla powder and mocha dust.

This 40-seat, casual restaurant, similar to a diner, is located in the recently revitalized six-acre Military Park. Outdoor seating overlooking the gardens will be available in the spring. Burg is open Monday through Saturday, 11 AM to 8 PM. Plans to open on Sundays TBD.

55 Park Place

Classic burger




Korean burger

Photos courtesy of Lowell Saferstein

Congratulations to chef Robert Ubhaus, owner of Redux: Modern American Cuisine, 3 Central Avenue, Madison (973-845-6263), and his wife Danielle on the birth of Kayleigh Anne (7lbs 1 oz; 19 inches) on November 18, 2015.

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  1. sewsewsoso

    We must have had totally different experiences there. It was like you were describing a totally different burger. Gentrified burger prices too.