Gotham Burger Social Club Picks for National Cheeseburger Day
The Burger KING of dinner clubs, Mike Puma started Gotham Burger Social Club in 2013 after reading an article on the 12 best burgers. Thinking it would be a fun idea to taste each burger once a month until the list was complete, the concept of GBSC took off. Looping in his friends to have an excuse to MEAT and enjoy burgers and booze (that’s actually the Instagram name of one of the members), a small intimate club grew to 18 guys! Leaving no bun unturned or uneaten, the club convened at various spots throughout the city from high-end restaurants and taverns to burger joints and burger trucks seeking the most exceptional patties. The only caveat was the location needed to accommodate 15-18 hangry guys! Luckily, restaurants started to come around and welcomed their monthly ”meating” by providing enough space for the guys to grub and share some quality burger-eating time together. Good news for the rest of us because now (thanks to their burger scouring) we’re able to find out the best burgers to enjoy for National Cheeseburger Day! Now with 30k followers on Instagram and a continuously growing fan base, the influencers will continue eating their way through New York City and anywhere that fits the bill (burgers, booze and room for 15-18 dudes).
Since today is dedicated to guys and gals who enjoy cheeseburgers as much as the GBSC dudes, I was curious to know a little more about their club and more importantly.. where to grab a burger tonight?! Anyone care to celebrate the ‘holiday?’
First place you had your first burger?
Our first burger meating was at the Brindle Room and we took over the whole place. When I decided to post our reviews on Instagram I realized we had something by the great responses we received right away.
Most memorable burger experience together as a group?
To pick one memorable “meating” is tough because we’ve had some great ones where restaurants have opened up there places and made us feel like home. But if I had had to choose one it would be our one year anniversary party we held at Burger and Barrel. We feasted on Chef Capon’s White Truffle Burger! It was amazing and if you’ve ever met Chef Josh Capon then you know we had fun!
What type of recognition have you received since you started GBSC?
Since starting the club we now have 30k followers on Instagram and we’ve been featured in The New York Post, Fox 5 news, CNBC, Fox Business News and we were guest bartenders on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen… which was probably our most memorable moment. My favorite recognition is when someone thanks us for introducing them to a great new burger or stops us on the street to say they love what we are doing.
Name a classic burger:
Peter Lugars Steakhouse
Name Your Top 5 Burgers to Try Right Now:
The Beatrice Inn Pizza Loves Emily Bowery Meat Co Black Tap Hard Times Sundaes
All photos are courtesy of the GBSC’s (instagram/gothamburgersocialclub), which means they’ve been consumed and approved. Also, Puma wanted to note he appreciates everyone who has welcomed the club and although he selected 5 burgers, he likes ALL of them. The man doesn’t discriminate..