by Julie Besonen, 02/15/2012
Photo: Kate Glicksberg
18 Bedford Ave., 718-383-5345, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
The Five Leaves burger is insane. A fat patty is gilded with a slice of pickled beet, a ring of grilled pineapple, harissa mayonnaise and an organic sunny-side-up egg whose yolk drips into the spongy, floured bun, adding an extra layer of lusciousness. Surprisingly, the charred, grass-fed beef flavor doesn't get lost. And beets and pineapple make the burger good for you, right? The recipe is an Australian tradition, fitting since this snug bistro was partially funded by the estate of actor Heath Ledger, an original investor who, alas, didn't live to see it open in 2008. No doubt he would have loved hanging out here, surrounded by archetypal Brooklynites—silver-tongued, disheveled—many of whom are such regulars they hug the staff upon leaving. Try to come during off-hours since it's always packed. The burger is $15, big enough to split and comes with a heap of truffle fries.