BurgerFi - Oceanside, NY

In the seemingly never-ending stream of new, hip burger joints, BurgerFi is the latest to land on Long Island. A franchise that got its start in Florida, there are currently three BurgerFi locations in New York: Manhattan, Oceanside and Woodbury, and one is coming soon to Commack. Before you roll your eyes at BurgerFi's all-natural, free-range burgers, Kobe beef hot-dogs, gourmet toppings, craft beer and wine offerings served at communal recycled-wood tables in their "environmentally sustainable" restaurants, you should make a visit and try the food for yourself. It is really, really good and the concept actually works. 

Each burger is branded with the BurgerFi logo
   
BurgerFi serves all the classic burger stand favorites such as burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings and custard, but uses very fresh, all-natural ingredients and gives everything a modern twist. For example, you can get your french fries plain, or you can dress them up and order the Urban Fries, which are coated in parmesan and herbs and topped with garlic aioli. You can also get your fries with salt and vinegar or cajun spices. For the burgers, BurgerFi uses natural Angus beef from free-range cows that have not been given any hormones or antibiotics. The burgers are never frozen, and BurgerFi uses locally grown produce (I'm assuming when available). The interior is rustic but very modern, with large wood communal tables and industrial lighting. The chairs are actually made out of recycled Coke bottles!  The staff was very friendly and took the time to explain the menu to us since it was our first visit there. You place your order at the counter and then have a seat and wait for your buzzer to go off, alerting you that your food is ready to pick up. They have a great selection of craft beers on tap, and a few wine offerings, which is a nice twist. Good alternative music was playing in the restaurant as well. BurgerFi reminds me a lot of Shake Shack, but a lot less crowded and with a more natural, indie, eco-friendly theme. 

Recycled wood tables and chairs
made from recycled Coke bottles

We ordered the BurgerFi Cheeseburger with cheddar, grilled onions and pickles, a Single Burger with lettuce, tomato and pickle, and a Chicago Style Hot Dog. For our side, we tried the "Cry & Fries," onion rings and french fries together. 

The BurgerFi Cheeseburger was awesome. The beef was good quality and very tasty, the lettuce was fresh and crunchy, and I loved the grilled onions and the BurgerFi sauce, a play on thousand island with a smokier kick. 

My husband enjoyed his Single Burger, and he said the Chicago Style Hot Dog was just ok. He liked the toppings but wasn't a fan of the hot dog itself and the bun was a little hard in one spot, as if it wasn't fresh. 

My favorite thing were the Onion Rings in the Cry & Fries. They were huge onions and the batter was super crunchy and did not just fall off when you take a bite like a lot of onion-ring batters. I definitely recommend the onion rings at BurgerFi!

We were too full to try the custard or concretes, but one of these days I will give it a try. The menu sounded awesome, especially the Key Lime Pie concrete and the O.M.C. "Oh My Chocolate" concrete. 

The BurgerFi Cheeseburger

Cry & Fries and the Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Cool lighting fixtures

Bottled Coke on the left and
a touch-screen soda fountain on the right with
a ton of options! 



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