Carnegie John’s

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84 Very Good

John Antoniou’s food cart specializes in grilled chicken breasts, Italian-sausage sandwiches, and the pièce de résistance, a big fat-streaked cheeseburger.

56th St. nr. Seventh Ave., New York, NY, 10106

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John Antoniou starts things off on the griddle, moves them over to the charcoal grill, and then back to the griddle. “It seals in the juice and gives everything a nice flavor,” says John. Although the lines at John’s aren’t nearly as long as the lines at similar spots, in a blind taste test, you’d be hard-pressed to tell John’s chicken platter apart. He also grills a mean hot dog (Sabrett), which you’ll want to top with his terrific homemade onions. His pièce de résistance, though, is his $4 cheeseburger—a big fat-streaked patty of unknown provenance (“Maybe sirloin?”). Dare we say it’s better than the one you can get at the perpetually mobbed Parker Meridien Burger Joint right down the block? We do. And you won’t have to wait in line for a half hour either.

Rob Patronite and Robin Rainsfeld

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