Stand's Classic Burger.
(Cell phone photo!)
You can learn a lot about a destination by sampling its very best hamburgers -- is the patty thin or thick? How's the bun? What toppings are de rigeur? These are all delicious questions to answer, but it's always challenging to figure out who makes the very best burger in town, as foodies (locals and visitors) can debate this question for endless hours. (N.B.: Boston's best burgers. )
I'm going to wade into the fray here, since I'm beginning to compile a list of the best burgers in cities all around the United States. (UPDATED: And here it is!) One early piece of research was at New York City's Stand burger, a slick modern burger joint in the heart of the student-central Village. My burger was thick and juicy -- for toppings, I liked the onion marmalade and the porcini sauce, and I really enjoyed the sweet potato fries with dijon dipping sauce. Stand also serves a huge variety of milkshakes, housemade sodas, and a nice selection of regional beers.
Have a favorite burger -- in New York City or elsewhere -- that I should consider for my list? Share in the comments!
UPDATED: Shake Shack was mentioned a couple of times in the comments. Here's some more info on the Madison Square Park fave.
UPDATED STILL MORE: Read about The Little Owl's celebrated cheeseburger.
UPDATED YET AGAIN! Here's a city-by-city guide to the best burgers in the United States.
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Photo: by Alison Stein Wellner, who forgot her camera.