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Zagat: Two Burger Crazes Sweeping City

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Two new burgers, Umami Burger and the Ramen burger, are currently burning up and causing quite a stir in the city. Zagat editor Maureen Giannone filed the following report for NY1.

California-based chain Umami Burger has sparked lines out the door at their first New York City location with their signature patties that appeal to the "fifth flavor," an expert technique that was developed by chef John Herndon and his team.

"Pretty much what we do here is, we take the science of Umami and we rebuild our recipes with that. Everything from scratch. We make our own ketchup, our own Diablo sauce, everything," Herndon says. "Umami loosely translates to savory or deliciousness."

The menu is largely similar to the one that made this chain a popular west coast institution. You can't go wrong with the signature offering, topped with shitake mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and a crunchy Parmesan crisp.

The lines at Umami are nothing compared to those at Smorgasburg, where hundreds of people are lining up every saturday to try NYC's newest craze: the Ramen burger.

Much like the cronut, the innovative offering mashes up two unlikely foods. A juicy beef patty is topped with scallions, argula and a bold teryiaki sauce, and then sandwiched between two buns made of fresh cut Ramen noodles. The result is delicious. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP