I just had the best burger of my life. The Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern is comprised of several different (and amazing) cuts of beef: dry-aged rib eye, short ribs, skirt steak, and brisket. Chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr fry it on a flat top in clarified butter to create a really nice crust on the outside. Yum. I wanted to keep it pure and make the beef the star, so I ordered my burger medium rare with no caramelized onions, no cheese, no condiments, nothing. Just the beautiful burger and the brioche bun. ABSOLUTE MEATY PERFECTION. I had the Black Label as an appetizer, followed by a healthy (err, artery-clogging) serving of the Cote de Bouef — medium rare and sinfully rich. They say it’s meant for two people, but I think it can feed a family of four (or more). The bone marrow was scrumptious (although Blue Ribbon still has my favorite bone marrow of all time), and the Pommes Aligot was an ooey gooey, cheesy pot of potato deliciousness. Overall, it was a truly unforgettable meal. If you love beef and have not yet had the Black Label burger, RUN, don’t walk to Minetta — right now. I’ll probably see you there!
Minetta Tavern: 113 MacDougal Street (between Bleeker and West 3rd)
Black Label Burger (selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts: dry-aged rib eye, skirt steak, brisket, and short ribs)
Cross-section of the Black Label Burger
Dry-Aged Côte de Boeuf with roasted marrow bones