Once upon a time, a group of four best friends (and one guy) set forth on a quest to find their one true love, in burger form. If you really are what you eat, we couldn’t help but wonder... if the characters from Sex and the City had a Shanghai burger soul mate, which ones would they be?
1. Carrie Bradshaw: Polux by Paul Pairet
Images via Bellatory and courtesy of Polux by Paul Pairet.
“I’d like a cheeseburger, please, large fries and a Cosmopolitan”
Fabulous girl-about-town, Carrie perfectly balanced high- and lowbrow, both sartorially and gastronomically. She even once tried to order a Cosmo at a McDonald’s drive-through window. An avowed Francophile, we think she’d fall hard for one of the city’s newest burgers at Polux by Paul Pairet. It comes with a choice of either beef or pork topped with crisp bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheese and special sauce (RMB110, add egg for RMB10).
See listing for Polux by Paul Pairet
2. Charlotte York Goldenblatt: BMS Organics
Images via Refinery29 and courtesy of BMS Organics.
“I suggested he have a tomato salad, then I suggested we get married”
Upper East side princess, Charlotte planned every detail of her life with painstaking perfection, including her meals. Whether brunching with the girls or on a first date with a potential Mr. Right, she ordered something healthy. That makes the kale beetroot burger (RMB68) at BMS Organics an ideal post-workout choice for the woman who cares about everything.
See listings for BMS Organics
3. Miranda Hobbs: Shake Shack
Images via Bustle and courtesy of Shake Shack.
“I have low self-esteem, but I express it the healthy way～ by eating a box of Double Stuf Oreos”
High-powered attorney Miranda was never afraid to stress eat herself out of a bad mood. Remember the time when Dr. Robert Leeds professed his love for her on a giant cookie, and she eats it all in a panic? We worry that as a die-hard New Yorker she might dislike Shanghai as much as she does Los Angeles, so thankfully Shake Shack offers a taste of home. We think she’d keep it simple with a double Shackburger (RMB68).
See listing for Shake Shack.
4. Samantha Jones: Monkey
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“I will not be judged by you or society”
A sophisticated public relations maven with a penchant for being seen, Samantha was never afraid to get down and dirty. We can see this hedonist indulging in a double chili cheeseburger (RMB88) and downing a few cocktails at Monkey, before refreshing her lipstick and shimmying to some old-school hip-hop jams until she finds a pretty boy to take home.
See listing for Monkey
5. Mr. Big: CHAR Bar & Grill
Images via Jezebel and courtesy of CHAR Bar & Grill.
“I guess old habits die hard”
As a traditional, super-rich guy with a taste for the finer things in life, John James Preston will surely appreciate a good quality beef patty. We see Big’s limo driver dropping him off at Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, where he’ll head up to CHAR Bar & Grill and take in Shanghai’s gorgeous skyline while enjoying a Blackmore Wagyu M9+ and M5 patty topped with gherkins, bacon, onion compote, foie gras, steak chips, smoked cheese and barbecue sauce (RMB328). Carrie, of course, will order herself a Cosmo and steal a bite of that.
See listing for CHAR Bar & Grill
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[Cover photo via Fan Forum]