Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

BAR SARDINE, 183 West 10th Street (between Seventh Avenue South and West 4th Street), West Village

When Gabe Stulman’s little restaurant on West 10th Street was called Chez Sardine and focused on Japanese pub food, I tasted the Miso-Maple Salmon Head and had an experience I’ll never forget.

Now that he’s changed the concept to more American bar food and changed the name to Bar Sardine, I found another dish that will forver live in my memory. And it’s just a burger.

But it’s not just any burger. The Fedora burger was created for a one-night event at their neighboring restaurant (called Fedora), but is exclusive to Bar Sardine.┬áIt also just happens to be the best new burger in New York by a landslide. I’ve read lots of articles proclaiming this statement about other places and I’ve tried many of them (Cherche Midi, Alder, The Little Beet Table) and none of them hold a candle to this masterpiece.

Fedora Burger at BAR SARDINE

A potato roll is flattened and grilled for easy handling and allows you to get a true bite. That bite is wonderful – a chuck and brisket patty, smoked cheddar cheese, frizzled potato strings, and a sweet and smoky barbecue mayo. It gives out just the right amount of jucie without becoming a total mess. Crisp, crunchy textures shine alongside the complex flavors.

We also had a lovely dinner including some interesting deviled eggs (loaded with black garlic) and a very nice hanger steak slicked with pomegranate molasses and herb butter. But it is the burger I will be dreaming about for a long time. Even if Stulman changes the concept of the restaurant once again, the memory will live on.

BAR SARDINE
183 West 10th Street (between Seventh Avenue South and West 4th Street),
West Village
(646) 360-3705
barsardinenyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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