Au Cheval

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65 Not Terrible

The New York outpost of the Chicago restaurant known for its extravagant cheeseburgers lacks the magic of the original.

33 Cortlandt Alley, New York, NY, 10013


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The lowdown

The wait for tables at the Manhattan outlet of this fabled Chicago burger destination was reputed to be three hours, or even more, when the joint opened in early 2019, but after the initial frantic bull rush, the crowds seem to have tapered off. The famous double burger still has its charms, as do two-fisted after-hours chef’s favorites like duck-heart hash, marrow bones, and scrambled eggs with foie gras. But this is a more brusque, impersonal franchise operation than the original restaurant in Chicago, and as one familiar gut-busting dish succeeds another, even the heartiest carnivores may find themselves longing for a salad, or a furtive helping of garden vegetables.


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What you need to know

Insider Tips Reservations aren’t accepted, and waits at prime times can get long.

Recommended DishesCheeseburger; fried house-made bologna sandwich; foie gras, scrambled eggs and toast.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!