Walt Street Pub
180 Monmouth St
Red Bank, NJ
I recently went on a quest to find the best burger in New York City. For the rest of this week, you’ll have my breakdown of what I discovered. This is post #4 of 5 related to trying out some of the best that New York has to offer. The last review, Peter Luger, is available here . Hope you enjoy the series.
I remember one of the first food bloggers i ever read. This was really before blogging was all that popular. In one of his posts, he discussed the Walt Street Pub – a small pub in Red Bank, that served up some amazing burgers.
I’ve had images of that burger burning in my head ever since, and had to include the Walt Street Pub when exploring New York’s best burger.
Located on the idyllic south shore, Red Bank looks nothing like a foodie haven. More like a speed bump on the commuter highway to NYC. The drive out from the city took quite a while – and upon exiting the car, I knew the experience would be completely different from the any of the establishments in the city.
The pub itself has a homey sports bar feel. There was a friendly bartender, and a friendly server. The place was near empty.
The Walt Street Pub is famous for their wings – mild, hot or “killer death”. These wings were voted the “best in town” – by whom, I have no idea. And in terms of Red Bank, maybe not the biggest town. They were, however, quite tasty. Basted in very hot sauce, the wings were amply sized, and fried to a crispy exterior. I’m definitely in the wing camp that prefers a drier wing to a soaked, wet wing. The wings themselves were very juicy, with a nice crunch to them. The heat was a bottled hot sauce type of vibe, but I enjoyed these a lot.
But the whole purpose of the trip was to try the burger – a 10oz, freshly ground, burger broiled and served on a toasted roll, for $5.50. Additional toppings cost extra. Hamburgers came with some cole slaw, and a side of the pre-frozen, crinkle-cut McCain type fries. Fries, you can pass on.
As for the burger, I have to say, I was surprised. While the grind was a bit finer then i usually prefer, this was a juicy, flavourful burger. Cooked a little past the requested medium, it tasted like ground chuck, but had been ground fresh and formed to be of appropriate size and thickness. There was a nice beef flavour as well, lacking the richness of dry aged or premium cuts, but it stood out, especially in a burger with mushrooms, onions, and cheese. The bun was a tad firm, but it did keep the juices from sogging up the whole contraption.
All in all, this was not the best burger I had – but it was definitely the most affordable – especially for the size. It was well cooked, and very affordable. The wings were a big plus too. I wouldn’t make the trip exclusively out to Red Bank for this burger again, but if I was ever in the area, I would happily eat at the Walt Street Pub.
Next Up: Minetta Tavern