The NYC Instagram phenomenon, Black Tap Burgers, has made its way to Singapore and opened on the ground floor of Marina Bay Sands in September.
Black Tap opened in New York back in 2016 to relatively little fanfare until they started getting noticed on Instagram for their “crazy shakes.” In addition to an expansive menu of enormous beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, and fries, Black Tap offered insanely over-the-top milkshakes that were not only gigantic but overflowing with everything from cookie ice cream sandwiches to slices of funfetti birthday cake.
Black Tap was so popular in NYC that they installed a velvet rope and red carpet that stretched down the sidewalk for hungry patrons to wait to get inside.
The velvet rope and waiting carpet is also intact at MBS but the only time I’ve seen a line was when they first opened back in September. When TT and I checked it out we were seated right away.
Like everything in Marina Bay Sands (and like the hotel itself), Black Tap is MASSIVE. It is stationed right at the entrance so you are greeted by the wafting smell of cheeseburgers and blaring 80s rap music right when you walk into the hotel.
The kitchen and milkshake assembly area are open so viewers can watch the milkshake connoisseurs at work fashioning their designs and throwing heaps of candy onto frosted rims.
There is an indoor restaurant and then a gazebo type seating area out on the main floor of MBS. We were seated in the gazebo and immediately started perusing the extensive menu, eyes ogling at the different combinations of meat, cheese, and sauce that could be slabbed together on a hamburger bun.
The menu is pretty much identical to the NYC menu with the addition of the more regional burger – the Cantonese BBQ Burger topped with swiss cheese, bacon, Cantonese mayo with black bean and garlic, sambal bbq sauce, and spicy pickles.
The Mexico City burger with pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapeños, chipotle mayo, and crispy onion rings – a classic deliciously spicy burger.
The Fried Mozzarella with a smoky tomato sauce was my absolute favorite dish. The mozzarella oozed out of the flaky encasing and was topped with a mound of shaved parmesan. The “smoky tomato sauce” was basically just a bowl of tomato soup which we dunked with the mozz but then also just spooned up with a fork!
After packaging up half of the burger and most of the fries, we took a look at the crazy shakes.
Am I the only one that is completely grossed out by the Sour Power Shake? The Black Cherry Shake with sour gummi poppers, pixy stix, rainbow pop, sour skewer, whipped cream & nerds? BLEH.
We ordered the Cookie Shake – a vanilla milkshake with a vanilla frosted rim dunked in cookie crumbles topped with a chocolate chip ice cream sandwich, crumbled cookies, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and a chocolate drizzle.
The milkshakes are great for pics but I find that the actual content isn’t anything that special. I much preferred eating the ice cream sandwich than drinking the shake – it was so sweet and whipped cream-y tasting. But just look how PRETTY it is!
Black Tap is delicious. I’m so happy we have a great place we can go for REAL cheeseburgers now as most burgers offered just don’t hold up to the standards that we have. Burgers were ~$22 and milkshakes were ~$20 – not necessarily a “cheap” meal but to be honest I expected them to be much more expensive. Singapore is affordable in many ways but western food is not one of them. Most burgers will run you around $20 and half of them aren’t even good so Black Tap is a welcome competitor!
Find them on the ground floor of Marina Bay Sands. They do not take reservations but you can call them at +65 6688 9957 and see what the line is like before heading over!
How does that saying go again? You can take the American out of America…?