NYC - Greenwich Village: Minetta Tavern - Black Label Burger
Minetta Tavern, at 113 MacDougal Street, first opened in 1937, named after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River. Over the course of its long history, the Tavern was frequented by various layabouts and hangers-on including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould. In 1997, restaurateur Keith McNalley and chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr took over the dusty old 70-seat, two-room West Village relic filled with framed celebrity etchings and murals and instantly turned it into a scene.
Minetta Tavern instantly became known for its Black Label Burger, made from a blend from Pat La Frieda which includes prime dry aged ribeye, skirt steak and brisket, all sourced from Creekstone Farms, Kentucky. The eight-ounce salt-and-peppered burger, drizzled with clarified butter and grilled over a grapeseed-oiled griddle is topped with caramelized onions and set in a sesame seed brioche bun.