by Julie Besonen, 02/15/2012
Bob's Burger. Photo: Bradley Hawks
37-08 30th Ave., 718-606-8140, Astoria, Queens
Here's bait to lure you to Astoria: Bob's Burger at the Butcher Bar. The $12.99 half-pound patty is made of beef brisket that's evenly studded with bits of smoked bacon, so every bite includes a delightful crunch. Lettuce and tomato are also under the sesame-seed hood, and there's a choice of two house-made barbecue sauces of varying spice and sweetness. With so much flavor, cheese is superfluous. This is Astoria's first high-end butcher shop specializing in local, hormone-free meats, but for those who don't want to cook it up, several small tables are provided for immediate consumption. The wood-lined space is decorated with meat cleavers, black-and-white photos of butcher culture of yore and a blackboard listing the provenance of the meat for each week.