On average, I eat a burger once a week. Except two weeks ago when I ate three in one weekend, all in Brooklyn. While I could usually say, "I'm eating them to review for AHT...yeeaaaah," that excuse doesn't hold this time since the places I went to have already been reviewed.
But there's nothing wrong with revisiting places to see if they're still up to par or have improved. Here's my little update on Dumont, 67 Burger, and Diner.
Actually, I sort of lied in my introduction: We've never reviewed the burger from DuMont on this site, only the one from their sister restaurant, DuMont Burger, but they both serve a "DuMont Burger" that I would assume doesn't differ much between the two restaurants. Adam reviewed it in 2005 and Kenji tried it last year during his burger binge. I also went there last year and was sort of underwhelmed—the patty of my mini-burger was alright, but didn't go with the ciabatta bun. During brunch at Dumont, my friend and I split the DuMont Burger ($14.00 with cheese and fries) topped with blue cheese on a toasted brioche bun.
Although ordered medium rare, it came out more like rare. Not that I was complaining. The meat was juicy, well seasoned, and had an incredibly thick, crunchy crust that I love but rarely find in burgers. The only thing I don't like is that the patty is super thick—in Adam's words, like "barely flattened meatballs." This was better than my burger at DuMont Burger though, with the additional plus of DuMont being a much more accommodating space. My friend and I sat in the huge covered patio in the back—surely a more fun place to eat in the summer, but it's comfortable even in the winter due to there being plenty of heaters. 432 Union Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (map); 718-486-7717; dumontrestaurant.com
Before heading to a show at BAM with some friends, I suggested eating dinner at nearby 67 Burger. Nick reviewed it last year rather favorably, but I should've read his review more closely before heading over. All I remembered was that Nick said their burgers were juicy. What I didn't pick up was the part of his review where he said, "on one occasion I received two burgers that, despite being ordered rare and medium-rare, came out closer to medium-well and were quite dry." Apparently, this hasn't changed much since 2008.
My friend who got there before me lamented that her burger was disappointingly overcooked for being ordered medium rare. With her warning in mind, I ordered my cheeseburger ($7.25, +$1.50 for a side of avocado) rare—it ended up being closer to medium rare (they cut it in half since I was sharing it with another friend). This was the juiciness that Nick was talking about. Your best chance of getting it is by ordering a rare burger. Overall, I thought the burger was fine, although not one I'd feel compelled to eat again. Maybe it just couldn't compare to the DuMont burger I had eaten that morning. 67 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 (map); 718-797-7150; 67burger.com
Their grassfed cheeseburger ($13 with fries) topped with lettuce, tomato, and pickled red onion (I love pickled onions) wasn't as fat-soaked as last time, but it still oozed juice and was more flavorful in a steak-y way, reminding me of the burger I had at Primehouse in Chicago. I have no complaints; it's still one of my favorite burgers in the city, with excellent fries to boot. 85 Broadway, Brooklyn NY 11211 (at Berry Street; map); 718-486-307; dinernyc.com