The grilling armies in the city’s burger wars usually hail from Manhattan, but every competition needs new contenders. The Burger Battle of the Boroughs will be on May 20 in Astoria as part of the Cuisine of Queens & Beyond tasting event. Staten Island could not field a team, but representatives from Brooklyn (The Farm on Adderley, 67 Burger), Queens (Harry’s at Water Taxi Beach, Joe’s Bestburger), and the Bronx (Coals) will battle Brgr and Resto — the latter being Rob and Robin’s favorite burger in New York last year.
George Motz, the director of Hamburger America and the forthcoming Hamburger America book is hosting the cook-off. The illustrious judging panel includes us, chef Terrance Brennan, CBS 2’s Tony Tantillo, “Food Maven” Arthur Schwartz, and Eat Out New York host Kelly Choi. A smattering of Top Chef veterans, including the formidable Lee Ann Wong and the lachrymose Dave Martin, will also be there. Tickets are $55 per person in advance and $65 at the door. Call 718-777-7918 for tickets and more information.