Think of it as a mini meatloaf on a bun. Like the name says, hamburgers originated in the port city of Hamburg, Germany, where ground meat has been a popular viand at least since the late Middle Ages. According to one cockamamie story, Genghis Khan invented it when his invading hordes put meat under their saddles to tenderize it. The Russians got it from him, and then the Germans got it from them. Then German sailors took it to New York, where, supposedly in the 19th Century, there were stands along the Lower West Side waterfront selling “Hamburg-Style Steaks.”
None of it really matters—America has clasped hamburgers to its bosom, and we eat incalculable numbers of them every year, for both taste and convenience. Here are Fork in the Road’s Ten Best. We find it particularly satisfying that Number One is still being sold near where the hamburger originated in America—Greenwich Village.
Here is Fork in the Road’s #1 burger. (Click on the image to reheat.) Make the jump to see where to get it.
1. Bar Six, 502 Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, 212-691-1363 2. DuMont Burger, 314 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-384-6128 3. DB Bistro Moderne, 55 West 44th Street, Midtown, Manhattan, 212-391-2400 4. Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 718-852-8490 5. Shake Shack, 366 Columbus Ave, Upper West Side, Manhattan, 646-747-8770 6. Donovan’s Pub, 57-24 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside, Queens, 718-429-9339 7. Bosna Express, 791 Fairview Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens, 718-497-7577 8. Peter Luger, 178 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-387-7400 9. Rhythm and Booze, 1674 Tenth Ave, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, 718-788-9699 10. Back Forty, 190 Avenue B, East Village, Manhattan, 212-388-1990
You burger not included on this list? Please tell us where, so we can try it.
Next Friday: pizza
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 12, 2009