Big Bang Burger is the creation of Gabriel Feldman MD and Jane Potter. Neither Jane or Gabriel is a professional chef. Instead they are friends who met years ago through JDate. Both Upper West Siders were upset at the lack of mom-and-pop shops remaining in their neighborhood. Given the high rents there, the challenges of opening a new business couldn’t have been more daunting. But they decided to take a chance the neighborhood would respond to a new idea and they came up with affordable Glatt Kosher fast-food, served with a fun science and sci-fi theme.
Big Bang Burger is operating on the UWS in a small space under strict OK kosher supervision. The tiny space accommodates a limited menu of burgers (free toppings), hotdogs and fries but they’re working on expanding the menu into other items. Next are vegan hotdogs and chicken burgers. In order to ensure fast service, affordable prices and consistent quality, BBB cooks all burgers medium-well and doesn’t provide toppings or sauces “on the side”. Sorry - no special orders!
Then there is dessert. BBB is the only place on the UWS that serves Chloe’s™ Frozen Fruit. Chloe’s™ is a delicious, vegan dessert with only 70 calories a cup. In addition to Chloe’s™ they carry items from Susan Sez “Say it With Cake”. All a good way to satisfy any sweet tooth.
At Big Bang Burger they believe that a restaurant should be fun and welcoming to everyone. They want adults with their families and friends to all enjoy having a snack or a meal. A philosophy that the customer is always right, makes their guests feel this a real mom-and-pop shop that has opened on the UWS where empty storefronts abound.
Big Bang Burger was inspired by Jane and Gabriel’s parents. Jane’s father was geneticist who worked on diseases such as Tay-Sachs and Cystic Fibrosis. Jane’s sister was diagnosed with breast cancer while carrying her 2nd child. Her father identified BRCA in both Jane and her sister, ultimately saving their lives. Gabriel’s father was a pulpit rabbi with a passion for classic science fiction. The theme of the place melds together their character with their love of science and humor found in comic books and the sci-fi genre. The two friends wanted to work together to start up a unique, fun, friendly, affordable, Kosher place where folks could come eat, talk and relax on the UWS. And they did. It's located at 426 Amsterdam between 80th and 81st Streets.
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