The secret burger at Alder


157 Second Avenue

New York, NY  10003

(212) 593-1900

Alder is now Wylie Dufresne’s only restaurant since the closing of his former highly acclaimed WD-50.

In this post, I’m here to share my insight on the mysterious burger, that some of you may or may not know about.

First off, the burger is only available at the bar, Sunday through Wednesday.  Only 20 of these burgers are made per night, so get there early or you will miss out!  Bar seating is first come first served, no reservations.  The burger is $13 or you can go “all-in” and also get the French Onion soup rings and a Greenport Harbor Ale for $21.  Management says that for now, the burger will be available indefinitely.

The burger is a high quality Pat LaFrieda brisket and chuck combination, topped with the house signature “beer cheese” consisting of American and Cheddar and Greenpoint Harbor Ale.   What makes this burger moist and taste so incredibly good is that Shio Kombu, a Japanese kelp, is grounded, cooked in Sake and Tamari then blended into the meat.  All burgers come with crunchy pickles, are served medium rare and sandwiched between a classic Martin’s potato bun that’s been toasted and brushed with… beef fat!

I wasn’t drinking that night and am not a fan of onion rings, but my neighbor kindly let me photograph his onion rings.  For me, it was all about the burger.

Enough said, right?  What are you waiting for?  Run, don’t walk!

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