What does celebrated chef Chris Siversen crave above all else?
Siversen, whose Maritime Parc in Jersey City has been named four years in a row to NJ Monthly‘s 25 Best Restaurants list, is obsessed with burgers. His MP Burger was named the No. 1 Best Thing to Eat in Jersey City Right Now by The Village Voice and recognized as a top burger deal in The New York Post in 2014.
This June, Siversen gets to share his obsession with the opening of BURG: Burgers & Taps in downtown Newark. “In my book, nothing beats a good burger,” says Siversen. “It’s been my longtime dream to open a casual burger place and that dream is finally coming true with BURG. My partner Marc Haskell and I are thrilled to be a part of the ongoing revitalization of downtown Newark.”
BURG will be located in six-acre Military Park, which in 2014 was revitalized by Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Corp., the operators of New York’s Bryant Park and other thriving public spaces around the country. To develop the signature beef blend for BURG, Siversen worked with DeBragga, New York’s Butcher®, fine meats specialists for generations of legendary chefs like Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges and Tom Colicchio. The process, which took place on the same type of grill which will be used in the restaurant, included several rounds of tastings to reach the desired taste and mouthfeel for the patties.
Several hand-crafted burgers on the menu will start with the signature beef patty, one being the Cowboy Burger (topped w/roast beef, BBQ sauce, onions). But there also will be creative twists on the traditional sandwich, like the Chicken Burger (kale pesto, pickled onions, sautéed mushrooms) and the Lamb Burger (olive hummus, feta, tzatziki), as well as fresh salads and house-made mini-doughnuts.
In addition to working with DeBragga, Siversen is committed to sourcing locally and plans to serve a selection of New Jersey’s top craft beer as well as items from notable NJ purveyors Radicle Farm, Zone 7, and Valley Shepherd.
The design for the restaurant is a contemporary take on an old-fashioned diner. Guests will be able to place their lunch or dinner orders at the walk-up counter and dine inside or at one of the outdoor tables overlooking the gardens.
BURG: Burgers & Taps
55 Park Place
Website Coming Soon at www.BURGNJ.com