Dining

Must-Try Burgers

by Julie Besonen, 02/15/2012

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  • Fatty 'Cue
    50 Carmine St., 212-929-5050, West Village, Manhattan
    The Smoky Johnson presents a pickle: this monster burger from Zak Pelaccio's Fatty 'Cue is only available at brunch and after midnight from Thursday to Saturday. The thick, smoky patty is a house-ground Brandt beef blend, draped with aged Gouda and spiked with mustard aioli and bread-and-butter pickles. Brandt is an eco-friendly, family-owned ranch in California, the only beef producer in the country to have received the Master Chefs' Institute Seal of Excellence, making the burger's $12 price tag incredibly reasonable. You don't really need the house-smoked bacon (an extra $3), but, then again, isn't everything better with bacon? It's fun going after midnight, when the dark den feels clandestine and you can match your burger with a well-crafted cocktail.

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