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Fatty Johnson's Puts the Ham Back in Hamburger

Fatty Johnson's Puts the Ham Back in Hamburger

The fried egg on top of Fatty Johnson's burger says, "Good morning!"

Fatty Johnson's is a six-week pop-up that replaced Cabrito on Carmine Street in the West Village (the iconic hanging goat has been haphazardly painted with the initials "FJ"). From a seriously twisted menu that features American comfort foods sometimes goosed up with Asian flavors (and virtually no vegetables) comes a cheeseburger that manages to distinguish itself in the crowded burger field by topping itself, not with bacon, but with ham.

Fatty Johnson's Puts the Ham Back in Hamburger

Seen in cross-section by candlelight, the burger oozes onto the plate.

The cheese is bebis, a sheep's milk cheese from the Pyrenees, and the ham is wildly smoky. The optional egg is a necessary addition to increase the lushness, and between the runny yolk, melted cheese, and general moistness of the meat, this is the real "five-napkin burger."

Grandly termed "fried confit potatoes" ($6), the fries are creamy and taste like they've been fried not once, but a few times, and come with aioli for dipping. Cheeseburger $14, with ham $16, with ham and fried egg $17.

Fatty Johnson's 50 Carmine Street 212-929-5050

Fatty Johnson's Puts the Ham Back in Hamburger

Fatty's fries.


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