Forage for the perfect NYC burger elements
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.