Originally developed to replace pie charts, hamburgers quickly gained popularity when overworked businessmen began licking presentation boards out of delirium. Reap the benefits of human exhaustion with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get one of three gourmet-burger options with fries and soda at Butterfields Restaurant in Hauppauge (up to a $10.95 value).
Lauded by the New York Times, Butterfields Restaurant deftly pairs an upscale menu of New American cuisine with an opulent, chandeliered ambience. Let personal taste or a divining rod guide the choice among three lettuce, tomato, and onion-laden gourmet burgers, each flanked by a 12-ounce soda (a $2 value) and a retinue of adoring fries. The Parkside ($7.95) Burger presents a magnificent 10 ounces of Angus sirloin nestled in a toasted brioche, while The Butterfield Burger (an $8.95 value) adds to that embrace a guard of smoked bacon, cheddar, and frizzled onions. The Butterfield Bull Burger’s (an $8.95 value) tiers of smoked bacon and cheddar support a fried egg ripe for incisor yolk-goring.
Clad in golden art-strewn walls, nattily striped wainscoting, and rich red table linens, Butterfields’ dining room gives burgers their much-deserved moment in the spotlight. Sidle up to the 40-foot-long mahogany bar for a postprandial tipple accompanied with live music on Thursdays, or ribbon-dance away Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights to DJ-mixed beats.
661 Old Willets Path
Hauppauge, New York 11788Get Directions