1. Barbuto775 Washington St., at W. 12th St.; 212-924-9700An old burger pro, Jonathan Waxman used to make the best in town at his short-lived Washington Park. Recently, he’s come out of retirement. Brunch only.
2. Telepan 72 W. 69th St., nr. Columbus Ave.; 212-580-4300Not only does Bill “Greenmarket Man” Telepan have a burger on his new lunch and brunch menus—he also makes his own pickles.
3. Upstairs at Bouley 130 W. Broadway, at Duane St.; 212-608-5829If you time it right, you’ll see the obsessive and brilliant chef himself take charge of the grill like a seasoned tailgater.