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 this Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of inventive burgers and American fare at Westchester Burger Co. in White Plains and Rye Brook.
The grills at Westchester Burger Co. sear beef, seafood, and other inventive patties into artful creations hailed as the Best Burgers of 2011 by Hudson Valley's Metromix. The restaurant displays innovative and upscale spirit through starters, such as truffled deviled eggs ($6), and a wide range of burger creations, each speared with an elaborately decorated skewer to keep ingredients aligned and allow them to act out the end of King Lear. In addition to the Original, which stacks smoked mozzarella and frisée atop a 10-ounce prime patty ($13), chefs pile guacamole and pickled red onions atop the Tex-Mex burger ($12). Alternatively, diners branch away from beef with an Asian-inspired, sesame-seed tuna burger dressed in wasabi-avocado mousse ($16), or an 8-ounce lamb burger sporting caramelized onions and rosemary aioli ($15). While dining atop glazed wooden tables in a space marked by sleek, black lines, exposed brick, and toasty, brown hues, patrons glance at mounted TVs or test engineering chops in burger-stacking contests.
Westchester Burger Co.
At Westchester Burger Co., the eponymous burger comprises a 10-ounce patty topped with smoked mozzarella, tomato, pickles, frisée, and a secret sauce that has helped it receive local accolades. But it was quite a journey to get the burger to where it is today: the chef and owner, who has no formal training, spent many long hours in the kitchen using trial and error and complex algorithms to uncover the delicious combination.
That burger and the rest of the menu have proved to be so successful that three Westchester Burger Co. locations have opened in three years. They serve burgers nestled between grilled cheese sandwiches made with texas toast, Kobe beef burgers on a brioche bun, and italian-sausage burgers topped with a balsamic-vinegar glaze and broccoli raab. They also serve smoked Saint Louis–style ribs, vegetable lasagna, and root beer–braised short ribs.