Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer easily became my first priority on our bucket list because cheeseburgers, milkshakes, and beer are my favorite things in life. Black Tap has two locations in NYC: SoHo and Meatpacking District. I ventured to the Meatpacking location last Friday. Upon arriving around 4, the line was no joke. We waited for about 45 minutes but it was totally worth it, and you’ll see why. If you plan to visit this spot definitely go at an off-peak time (between lunch and dinner). You may also want to pack a Tall Boy (there is a liquor store located next door for your convenience). The specialty milkshakes they have become famous for include the Sweet N’ Salty, Cotton Candy, Cookie Shake, and Sour Power. The Sweet N’ Salty is a peanut butter shake adorned with pretzel rods, a chocolate covered pretzel, M&M’s, peanut butter cups, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, topped off with a Sugar Daddy candy. The Cotton Candy is a strawberry shake decorated with pastel pearl chocolates, rock candy, a lollipop, whipped cream, and cotton candy of course. The Cookie Shake is vanilla cookie flavored topped with an ENTIRE chipwich, cookie crumbles, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle. The new menu item, the Sour Power, is a black cherry shake that comes with sour gummies, a pixy stick, rainbow pop, sour skewer, whipped cream, and nerds. I took the Sweet N’ Salty for a spin and for it costing more than my actual meal, it was entirely worth it.
The shake itself was creamy and not overwhelmingly sweet, with the candy to compensate. The combination of the saltiness of the pretzels with the sweetness of the chocolate and peanut butter was perfection. These shakes are definitely shareable, but for a max of 2 people. For the main course I ordered The Californian organic turkey burger with avocado, Swiss cheese, and truffle mayo. Our Fatboi friend Krystie (shoutout to Krystie, hey girl) ordered The All-American beef burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, American cheese, and special sauce.I hate to say this, but I’ve never met a burger I didn’t like, until this day. I spent my time consuming this burger, trying to figure out the flavor of the meat. I scarfed it down anyways because, food. For good measure I also sampled the All-American burger as well and it was lackluster. Overall I was disappointed with our main courses. It may have been an off day at Black Tap, I certainly wouldn’t advise you against trying them out. But if you’re coming here for the burgers, you’ll definitely stay for the milkshakes. For the milkshakes alone, I give a rating of Guy Fieri.