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The Burger Bistro Expands to Astoria with New Location

The Burger Bistro empire continues to thrive with the addition of a NEW location in Astoria. The brainchild of longtime friends and co-owners John Agnello and Vincent Dardanello, the upscale customizable burger boutique concept now boasts four different locations in three boroughs.


The duo began in Brooklyn when the first location opened in Bay Ridge in June 2009 followed by a second location in Park Slope in March 2012.  The Upper East Side location hit the dining scene in October 2012 and now their newest Astoria location.  The burger menu boasts two million different combinations of burgers and has garnered the title of second best burger in New York City from Zagat.


Artwork Beyond the Bun
All four locations harbor unique attributes, but each has a narrow interior lined with dark wooden-topped tables. Colorful hand-painted murals that, when viewed through mirrors hung on parallel walls, reveal hidden messages throughout. Co-owner John Agnello has also left his mark on each location with his vintage window art, actual windows featuring his designs, also line the walls.


Over Two Million Ways to Serve
Co-owner and executive chef Vincent Dardanello, along with John Agnello, have created a build-your-own-burger menu that includes over 20 different cheeses and toppings, six specialty sauces and five freshly baked breads resulting in over two million possible combinations of custom burgers.  When guests are seated they are given a laminated menu and red wax pencil to mark their choices and build their burger.  Appetizers are $8.25 and include Buffalo tater tots with celery and blue cheese; fried artichoke hearts with horseradish cream; and deep-fried corn on the cob with chipotle mayo.  Burgers start at $8.25 and may be built with beef, kobe beef, organic lamb, turkey, chicken, tuna and veggie patties. Cheeses may be added for $1.25 and feature ten choices from the traditional American to smoke gouda.  There are ten different types of toppings that may be added for $1.25 each including popular favorites like Portobello mushroom or frizzled onions to more unique offerings such as Buffalo shrimp or pickled jalapenos. Lettuce, tomato and raw onion are available upon request for no additional charge.  All burgers are served on freshly baked bread and guests may choose between brioche, whole wheat, potato roll, garlic bread (add $1), sliders (2 per order) or lettuce wrap.  Six specialty sauces are served on the side for an additional $1.25 and offer a choice of blue cheese, chipotle mayo, honey BBQ, horseradish cream, jalapeno mayo, wasabi mayo and zesty smokehouse.  Ice cream sandwiches are served for dessert for $6.25 with specialties including oatmeal cookie with buttercream ice cream and chocolate crackle cookie with peppermint ice cream.


Make Everyday Special
In addition to the regular burger building choices, an array of creative artisan burgers are available as specials throughout the year.  The infamous Donut Burger, a beef patty nestled between two halves of a glazed donut with bacon, egg and cheese is an example of what guests have come to expect.  A $10 lunch special is available Monday through Friday until 4 p.m. and offers beef, turkey, chicken or veggie burger with one cheese, one topping and one side order.  Other daily specials include half-priced appetizers on Monday, free toppings on Tuesday, free cheese on Wednesday, half-priced beer on Thursday, half-priced wine Friday and Saturday and half-priced sangria on Sunday.


Customize Everything – Except the Hours
All four locations are open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday from 12 to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 10 p.m.