The Upstate Burger
Whitmans (address and info)
New York, NY
This East Village underground joint made a name off its Juicy Lucy, but the Upstate Burger, tucked away at the bottom of the menu, is the classic burger that shows off why Whitmans is so damn good to begin with. The sirloin patty takes seared onions for a just-sweet bite, house-made bread and butter pickles for crunch, and a tiny bed of crisp bibb lettuce. Lose the tomato, add American, and watch as the melty white cheese mixes with the special sauce. And then eat it, and remember what a classic burger is meant to be. Then maybe order fried pickles and blue cheese fries for good measure.
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