Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Minetta Tavern: Burger = steak


Minetta Tavern (August 2010)
113 MacDougal St
New York, NY


Sameer: - Black Label Burger (medium rare) - A special edition. And well worth the departure from tradition. The borderline psychotic care exercised in creating and preparing this burger was apparent from even the appearance of the food. The carmelized onions were an absolutely perfect pairing with the subtle tinge of roqueforte in the aged meat. The custom made bun was heavenly; it did not overpower the burger in the least, but only served to make the meal more flavorful. But the beef. Marvelously cooked, the combination of steak cuts provided such extreme flavor and juiciness, I loved this burger from start to finish. 2, not 3 cows, because of the same issue Jeff raises. Waxiness under the tongue which developed halfway through the burger for me and got stronger, which we think was the clarified butter.

Jeff: - Black Label Burger (medium rare) - The first bite was a unique experience that left me speechless. This is the finest crafted burger I have ever eaten. Every element, from the meat to the supporting bun, is well-suited and well-made. The meat was juicy, tender, flavorful with smokey aged qualities. The handling of the burger was sublime, meaning the bun-to-meat ratio was spot-on. I mentioned the first bite because bites Two to the Final bite were marked by an odd waxy texture in my mouth. I have no idea what is going on there.

Krishna: - Black Label Burger (medium rare) - I know this should be about the burger but the bone marrow cannot go unmentioned (don't worry, not in the rating). It was rich and flavorful. The burger was aged really well and almost had a bleu cheese flavor to it. The patty had a light and flaky consistency (i.e, not dense), which was quite nice.