The Cheeseburger at Minetta Tavern

To kick off my birthday weekend Mr. T and I stopped into my favorite burger place in the city Minetta Tavern. To be honest calling this just a "burger place" would be a complete injustice. This spot is absolutely gorgeous; classic old school New York City atmosphere with black and white tiled floors, a long oak bar decked out with wood paneling and dark red leather booths dotting the main dining room.  

We took two seats at the bar and ordered a round of cocktails and the wonderful Minetta Burger.  I've talked about their famous Black Label Burger before, but it's the Minetta Burger that keeps me coming back time and time again.  A blend of short rib and brisket, doused with a liberal dusting of salt then layered with thick cheddar cheese and caramelized onions.

It has a tender buttery interior with a slight sweetness from the onions and then the salty charred top. This burger is everything I could ever want in a cheeseburger and more.  Of course the long, crispy fries are also some of the best in the city.  Minetta has been open for almost eight years now but still one of the hardest tables to get in NYC.  Reserve well in advance or head there early in hopes of a last minute table or open bar stool.  

113 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012