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Forage for the perfect NYC burger elements 

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We'll do practically anything for a good burger--including bopping all over the city for ingredients. So follow our ground-meat lead and begin an urban quest to acquire the perfect burger components:

Bun: If you're not going the route of deliciously down-market Martin's Potato Rolls, shoot for luxury. The bread masters at Bien Cuit in Carroll Gardens and the West Village make soft milk- and honey-rich pain au lait buns ($1.75 each; $7 for a 4-pack; $10 for a 6-pack). Find them at the West Village and Carroll Gardens stores, and at The Brooklyn Kitchen.

Meat: We're greedy, we'll admit it. We want the tang of a steak and pork's slick of fat, all in one bite. If you're not keen to make your own blend, Dickson's Farmstand Meats does a bang-up job with an 80 percent beef/20 percent bacon patty ($6 each).

Topping: Take your cheeseburger on a Southern detour with a thick slick of the new Hannah's Homemade pimento cheese ($8 for 8 ounces). Pick from Original, Jalapeño & Cilantro, and Hand-Grated Horseradish. Place an order here (free delivery!), or find it at Smorgasburg.

Special Sauce: The folks at Sir Kensington's recently launched two new all-natural mayos ($7 for 10 ounces)--a zippy lemony classic, and a chipotle-spiked version. Find it at Eataly.

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Bien Cuit 310 Smith St. Brooklyn NY 11231 718-852-0200 Bien Cuit 35 Christopher St. New York NY 10014 646-590-3341 Dickson's Farmstand Meats 75 Ninth Ave. New York NY 10011 212-242-2630 Dickson's Farmstand Meats 102 Franklin St. New York NY 10013 212-226-0120 Smorgasburg 90 Kent Ave. New York NY 11211 Eataly 200 Fifth Ave. New York NY 10010 212-229-2560
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