“Eater NY” Offers Up a Comprehensive Guide to New York City Hamburgers

Traveling to New York City anytime soon? If you are, I must recommend that you peruse this very comprehensive guide to the city’s burger joints. Not content to merely breeze through the city’s most popular restaurants, author Nick Solares breaks the city’s burger world down into styles. And that’s precisely where Fatburger gets a nice mention. Nick’s description of the California Style burger couldn’t have been more on target. Please head over and read the full piece, but here’s a small excerpt for you to get started with:

The California burger aesthetic is about the synergy of the ingredients. The thin beef patties don’t work if served plain, the way a big, bawdy burger might at an NYC tavern. But suitably dressed with vibrantly colored vegetables and dripping with special sauce, the burger becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Arguably the most quintessential example of the form is In-N-Out Burger, the California based chain that has a cult like following. Blue 9 Burger, which opened well over a decade ago in the East Village, sells a burger inspired by In-N-Out, although a change in ownership has lessened the association as the menu has become diluted. Petey’s in Astoria is a more faithful representation these days and both the The Counter and Fatburger, two California chains, operate outposts in NYC. McDonald’s Big Mac, arguably the most iconic of all hamburgers, also originated in California. In actuality, the Big Mac is a copy of the Big Boy sandwich from Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank, CA. The original Big Boy sandwich dates back to 1937 (the Big Mac was added to the McDonald’s menu nationally in 1968). You can of course find Big Macs at any of the city’s 240 McDonald’s.”

[Photo Credit: Nick Solares / NYC Eater]