Hamburgers are modeled after Victorian-era architecture, a style known for its sesame-seed-dusted roofs, flowing lettuce curtains, and meat everywhere. Feast ornately upon a well-formed feeding frenzy with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of customizable burgers, sandwiches, ice cream, and more at The Burger Bistro, in Brooklyn. Established by two veterans of the fine-dining world, The Burger Bistro brings the pedestrian American staple to gourmet heights with fresh, carefully seasoned meat and first-rate toppings. Each highborn hamburger ($6), also available in a veggie variety, comes with five artisan-bread choices, an assortment of 20 different cheeses and toppings ($1 each), and six sauce selections ($1 each). Ice-cream sandwiches ($4) get a similar tailor-made treatment, and the menu also offers an array of gourmet appetizers ($5) and side dishes ($3), which, although smaller and less powerful than the main course, get their own colorful cape and come through in the crunch.
The Burger Bistro
Diners take the reins at The Burger Bistro, which encourages them to customize their own burgers with six different patties and more than 20 different toppings. On traditional beef, organic lamb, or even Kobe beef patties, visitors cobble together a topping spread that might include pickled jalapeños, horseradish cream sauce, fried mozzarella, or bacon. Each location also keeps diners on their toes with regular specials, which have included a turducken burger and sliders with waffles for buns. The donut burger—an occasional special that replaces buns with glazed donuts—earned the bistro a mention on CBS. For dessert, the eatery invites you to try a homemade ice-cream sandwich.