In the golden age of the New York burger, there’s simply no excuse for an inedible bun. But at this West Village tavern, the bread is brittle and crumbly. The grass-fed meat patties inside are tender and flavorful enough, but are often subsumed by their condiments. The signature Havoc is a sort of Slavic-Latin concoction featuring clashing toppings like chimichurri, house-made kraut and spicy cheese spread. Composed dishes depart from the typical burger-joint playbook, but those attempts—bland beet salad, mealy shrimp cocktail—don’t fare much better. Only the cold beer and flat-screen TV are reliable draws.
Patty & Bun American Tavern
|Venue name:||Patty & Bun American Tavern||Contact:|
61 W 8th St
|Cross street:||between Sixth Ave and MacDougal St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 5pm–1am; Fri, Sat 5pm–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, V to W 4th St.|
|Price:||Average main course: $14. AmEx, MC, V|