Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer
529 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
Why did we dine here? – The Best Milk shakes of course! Black Tap has rocked the social media world with huge shakes covered with all sorts of crazy candies, cookies. It was definitely on our must hit NYC list. This restaurant is notorious for waits up to 3 hours, something we did not look forward to.
We lined up 1 hour before they opened and were seated in the first round of guests. Dining her later in the day is an iffy move, resulting in very long waits. The Meatpacking location is far bigger than the Soho one, so go there. We have dined at both locations and found the food consistent.
In 2017 they added 2 more locations. We dined at the 2 week old Lower East Side location in the Summer and found it had no line.
Insider Tip – Line up 60 minutes before they open. Order a burger and shake.
Cuisine – Burgers
Location – New York Soho and Meatpacking District
Opened – 2015
Service – Black Tap had decent service with fun waiters who helped everyone get in the mood. They offered helpful advice.
Verdict – Yes, Black Tap serves up outrageous shakes, but their burgers are equally fantastic. Hard to belive that even the Turkey Salad was good. We liked it enough to go back again and wait another hour! That says it all.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Yes.
Black Tap Signature Dishes – Crazy Milk Shakes, Burgers
Black Tap’s Menu includes a variety of burgers and salad, in addition to the crazy shakes. They change their shake creation every couple days.
Black Tap Food Picks:
The All-American Burger ($14) lettuce, tomato, pickles, american cheese & special sauce – Wow this is a good burger. Everyone comes here for the shakes, but the burger is pretty darn good. Black Tap uses Pat LaFrieda Meats. They even won New York City Wine & Food Festival‘s much-beloved Burger Bash contest in 2015. Do not just order a shake, get a burger too. The fries hit the mark also.
Texan Burger ($17) has BBQ Sauce, Aged Cheddar, Bacon, and an onion ring. Nice assortment of flavors. We skipped the special sauce.
Spicy Mexican ($14) Chorizo burger with jack cheese, pico de gallo & chipotle mayo. Was a nice twist, with same high meat quality.
Lamb Burger ($17) Grass fed lamb burger with Swiss cheese, house-made pickles & buttermilk dill was an interesting move away from beef. Still good, but we’d stick with the All American.
Onion Rings ($5) here are fantastic. Massive rings battered up the wazoo. $2 upcharge from Fries on a burger.
The Kobe Burger Salad ($18) wagyu beef burger, bacon, blue cheese, tomato & scallion is another wow, mainly for the fantastic thick patty. Salad greens were fine, but the meat stood out.
Turkey Burger Salad ($15) apple, blue cheese, avocado, dried cranberries, house buttermilk-dill dressing was also ridiculously good. How could a turkey patty taste like this?
On to the main event:
Cotton Candy Strawberry Milkshake ($15) Vanilla Frosted rim with blue, pink & pearl chocolates, topped with a pink lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream & cotton Candy. Man the candy alone probably cost $10! The shake itself was actually pretty decent.
Sour Power Black Cherry Milkshake ($15) Vanilla Frosted rim with sour gummi poppers topped with a pixy stix, rainbow pop, sour skewer, whipped cream & nerds. Not as good as Cotton Candy, but still pretty crazy.
Brooklyn Blackout ($15) Chocolate Shake with Chocolate frosted rim, Chocolate Brownies, Whipped cream and chocolate syrup was a special shake being offered. It was not as impressive as Cotton Candy, but the shake itself hit the mark.
Cookies N Cream Supreme ($15) has oreo’s and a big ice cream sandwich latched onto it. Another fun shake although we’d reorder the Cotton Candy instead.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Ice Tea ($5) was a pass.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?