Thursday, 10 January 2013

EAT burgers

Correct me if I'm wrong, America has to be the burger capital of the world. And damn they do it well. New York is littered with quality burger joints serving up juicy, brioche-enclosed slabs of meat, pickles, cheese and sauce. No doubt, this will not be my last post on burgers as I'm yet to try a few famed institutions in NYC where the burger is hailed as the pièce de résistance.

My burger pick, so far, is from the cosy, dimly-lit DuMont in Williamsburg (432 Union Ave, Williamsburg), a diner-style joint serving up classic American fare with calorie-laden finesse. The burger has a serious rep around town, and it's not for nothing DuMont is awash with burger-loving hipsters every day and night. A fat round of perfectly seasoned beef mince is nestled between a humble gathering of lettuce, tomato, onion and house-made pickles. There are a swathe of additional toppings on offer (caramelised onion, cheeses etc), but personally, I don't think you need it. This burger will literally have your table sitting in silence for a good 15 minutes, hands dripping in satisfaction with the burgers smug pan juices. 15 minutes of silence will be followed up with a solid 5 minutes of McCain ad-worthy crunching through the golden mound of perfectly crisp fries that spill generously over the plate.

This post would not be complete without mentioning one other must-try item on the menu. DuMac & Cheese - a huge piping hot combo of al dente pasta lavishly smothered in a moreish and silky béchamel of cheddar, Gruyere, Parmesan and thick batons of smokey bacon. I may have had this for breakfast once. With a side of the aforementioned fries.

If you don't have time to hit up the restaurant and you're doing a day trip to Williamsburg, DuMont burger (314 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg) is the sister restaurant churning out the same excellent burger (plus a mini version for an afternoon snack attack) and sandwiches and salads in a hole-in-the-wall cavern.

Yes, it's a $14 burger, which by New York standards is pretty pricey. Yes, you'll definitely roll out of here. Yes, you'll have had your recommended daily calorie intake in one meal. But you're going to leave here seriously satisfied and you'll probably think and dream about that burger. A lot. Until you come back and have it again.

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