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The Hamburger

How did a sandwich once reviled as something unsanitary and purchased outside factories and at carnivals come so far? The answer can be found in this little book, The Hamburger: A History. "What do Americans think of when they think of the hamburger?" asks the author, Josh Ozersky. "Is it a sizzling disc of goodness, served in a roadside restaurant dense with local lore, or the grim end product of a secret, sinister empire of tormented animals and unspeakable slaughtering practices? Is it cooking or commodity? An icon of freedom or the quintessence of conformity?"

"Burger Triumphant. Or, requiem for the hot dog." By Victorino Matus, The Weekly Standard, September 29, 2008


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Posted September 26, 2008 02:47 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Hamburgers   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Peter Luger Steak House

Peter Luger's Steak House in Dumbo, Brooklyn, was established about a century ago in the style of a Bavarian beer hall with grumpy male waiters. You will eat very good juicy, medium-rare, greasy and tasty porterhouse steaks, creamy spinach (an acquired taste), fresh tomatoes and fried potatoes. I would drink a bottle of red wine to lower my cholesterols! A shrimp cocktail with horse-radish sauce is optional. No other choices are necessary.

The bad thing is that you will have to wait at least an hour or more for a table. Beware cash only for the very big tab. Steak-lovers go there very religiously.

Inside tip: I prefer to eat there for lunch ... no wait for tables and they offer a delicious juicy hamburger, French fries and a tall glass of beer. A bargain, too.

Afterwards, you can walk across the East River via the Williamsburg Bridge to Manhattan. What a sight.

Peter Luger Steak House, web site, 178 Broadway Street, between 6th Street and Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-387-7400 [Yelp | openlist | NY Mag | MenuPages | Gayot]

Posted June 25, 2007 05:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Brooklyn , Hamburgers , Notes to a Friend , Steaks   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Best hamburgers in America?

Slashfood looked at the GQ list of the 20 best hamburgers in America ... and suggests that they need to add another ...

the best fast-food hamburger there is: a double-double from In-N-Out Burger, the popular California chain. Actually, with its two juicy, 100% pure beef patties, hand-leafed lettuce, tomatoes, secret spread and two slices of American cheese (not processed cheese) on a freshly baked and toasted bun, the double-double is better than a lot of non-fast food burgers, too.

"D is for Double Double and the Top 20 Burgers?" Slashfood, January 18, 2006

We think they need to add another burger from NYC ... Tony Dragonas ... also see "Make Your Own Belly Bombs, a simple instructional course" on eGullet with many pics that will make you go Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, sliders ...

It may come big and ungarnished, the East Coast ideal, tender and untroubled by bones or gristle, everything you look for in a filet mignon but seldom find. It may be the West Coast model, swelling with vegetation, brimming with health and well-being, piled high with all that a seed catalog can provide. A great burger, regardless of regional differences, instills a sense of optimism and fulfillment, that all is right at the table or the counter or the woodgrain, screwed-to-the-floor, fast-food booth.

"The 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die," by Alan Richman, GQ, July, 2005

The list included these NY-area burgers:

Here's CitySearch's list, Best NY Hamburger 2005 ...

Lots of other regional comments ... Texas ... our own NY ... all over ... all over, too ...

Posted January 25, 2006 06:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Hamburgers   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (3)

Burke Bar Cafe and Burke in the Box at Bloomingdales

Burke Bar Cafe and Burke in the Box at Bloomingdales ... serves a variety of dishes ... including the excellent sliders and incredible fries ... the margherita pizza was excellent ... as were the braised spare ribs ...

Burke Bar Cafe pretzels

The bread basket contains excellent pretzels

Burke Bar Cafe sliders with fries
Burke Bar Cafe sliders with fries

Burke Bar Cafe sliders with fries
Burke Bar Cafe sliders with incredible fries - the fries are crispy, not soggy

Burke Bar Cafe fries are excellent
Burke Bar Cafe fries are excellent - this is the bottom of the container

David Burke bacon Flavor Spray
David Burke bacon flavor spray for use on the sliders
- an interesting way to add bacon flavor with 0 calories

Burke Bar Cafe margherita pizza
Burke Bar Cafe margherita pizza - Excellent! - Adam, come review this!

Burke Bar Cafe braised spareribs
Burke Bar Cafe braised spareribs - very good

David Burke (r) stopped by - a very gracious host
David Burke (r) stopped by - a very gracious host

(previous reviews Previous reviews in This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR): Slashfood and A Hamburger Today (TWIR, December 16, 2005))

general web site, Burke in the Box web site, 1000 Third Avenue, 59th Street entrance, between Lexington and Third Avenues, 212-705-3800 [NY | The Strong Buzz | Daily News]

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Posted January 17, 2006 01:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  American , Hamburgers , Mid-Town   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Tony Dragonas - best grilled hamburger in NYC?

Tony Dragonas, street vendor who has been serving great hambburgers and souvlaki at the southwest corner of East 62nd Street and Madison Avenue for many years ... just one block from Central Park/5th Avenue ... weekdays only ...

Tony Dragonas grilling
Tony Dragonas grilling ...

Tony Dragonas may have the best grilled hamburger in NYC
may have the best grilled hamburger in NYC ...

Tony Dragonas outstanding chicken pita with lettuce and tomatoes
try the outstanding chicken pita with lettuce and tomatoes - it is a large meal with a very generous portion of bite-sized grilled chicken ...

Tony Dragonas gyros plate with rice and salad
and if you like lamb get the gryos pita ... and make sure to get the secret tzatziki sauce (a yogurt sauce with cucumber and herbs) and on the pita offerings ... you can also get the pitas as plates (pictured above), with salad and rice, for an additonal $1 ...

Tony Dragonas was a finalist in the 2005 Vendy Awards

previous post: Tony and John Dragonas - street vendors

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Posted January 10, 2006 06:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Central Park , Hamburgers , Street Vendors , The Best , Upper East Side   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (1)