If there’s such a thing as a celebrity butcher, Pat LaFrieda, whose name is on more great menus than Benedict and his eggs, is it. From the vaunted Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern to the Shake Shack patties, the local purveyor rules the country as the undisputed king of meat. Chefs, butchers and customers alike get their red-meat fix with a mouth-watering array of premium prime cuts. At our Dumbo market, the Brooklyn native will be serving his own signature selections of meat featured in superb cheesesteaks, burgers and ‘the world’s greatest hot dog.
The battle over burgers in NYC is only slightly less contentious than the enduring argument over where to find the best pizza and bagels. There are so many fat, smashed, doubled and uniquely blended patties, they are almost resistant to comparison. But the very best steakhouse, dive bar, fancy, simple and elaborate burgers in New York City all have one thing in common: they’re so good they override our desire for any other menu item, time after time.
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