We have the Au Cheval burger, and they don’t
All I’ll say is, I have food-savvy coworkers from NYC who thoroughly enjoy trying new Chicago joints when they come to visit. Once they tried Au Cheval, however, it has been a mandatory stop for every visit. That should tell you something.
It’s less crowded here
I’ll admit it seems odd to bring up crowds right after pumping up a burger joint that routinely draws 2.5-hour waits. But that’s for a life-changing burger. New Yorkers are STILL lining up for a Dr. Moreau nightmare pastry that hasn’t been cool since June 2013. By and large, there is less of a wait time separating you from delicious food here.
Vienna Beef. Just… Vienna Beef.
A hot dog is not a hot dog without it. Accept no substitutes.
If you find yourself encountering a particularly warm, friendly server in NYC, he’s probably a Chicago transplant. And he’s probably going to move back here within a year.