bunz1Bunz, located at 185 St. Nicholas, celebrated its grand opening just after Labor Day. The restaurant occupies the former home of Cedric Bistro, on the quaint residential corner of 119th Street. The owner remains the same, but the establishment has most certainly changed.

In response to increasing competition on the Boulevard, owner Cedric Lecendre decided to exchange his beloved French menu for burgers and cocktails. These are not your average burgers, however. With Lecendre’s fabulous background in hospitality, this is a gourmet burger done with elegance and flair.

Sumptuous favorites include The Louisiana beef burger with Cajun Shrimp and Tarragon Ratatouille, The Mac & Cheese burger with Aurora Sauce and plum tomatoes, and the Fresh Alaskan Salmon Burger served with Chipotle Mayonnaise. The menu also boasts designer lamb, tuna, chicken and vegetarian burgers, along with several other beef varieties. Sliders, Butterfly Shrimp, Buffalo Wings and Meatballs comprise the bar menu. All are to be washed down with artisan cocktails, such as the V.I.C. (Very Important Cocktail) – a surprisingly smokey and smooth concoction that reigned supreme on opening night.

From outside looking in, the face of the restaurant hasn’t been altered much: A new awning and a fresh coat of black paint stand out most. But once inside, it’s the nuances that really switch up the mood: High communal tables invite camaraderie, and playful Bunz logos accentuate rugged exposed brick walls. Mostly though, it’s the constant flow of mouthwatering burgers that let you know you’re not where you used to be.

Make no mistake – this is the remix!

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The Louisiana as served at Bunz Harlem

Additional Bunz highlights include Boozy Brunch on weekends, Late Night Happy Hour weeknights from 10:30pm-12:30am, sports du jour and occasional live entertainment. Hours are 4:30pm-12:30am daily, with weekend brunch starting at 11am. Bunz Harlem, 185 St. Nicholas Ave., New York, NY 10026 | 212. 866.7766