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Best Burger

  • Via Carota

    51 Grove St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-255-1962

    Is a burger a burger without a bun? Technically, yes, at least according to Webster’s. But no one in their right mind really believes that. Still, there is historical precedent: Before burgers were bunned, they were sold as “hamburg steaks,” precursors to the chopped steaks you still find at old-school restaurants like Gallagher’s and Peter Luger. Which brings us to Via Carota’s ­svizzerina, an abundantly juicy, hand-chopped strip steak of such pure and profound flavor it could spark a naked-burger trend. The Via Carota ­svizzerina reminds us that burgers, first and foremost, are about the beef.

From the 2015 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine