The Experience: Years ago, Northeast Kingdom’s burger got a lot of love from the Village Voice as the best burger of 2011. This year, the burger was again touted by the Village Voice as one of the best things to eat in Brooklyn. But why is there so little other praise for this burger, which I’ve found is heralded by word-of-mouth almost exclusively in the Brooklyn food scene. Why is it that burgers old and new like Brindle Room, Minetta Tavern, Emily are touted (appropriately so) by every food publication, while some fall through the cracks of the NYC internet burger zeitgeist? I don’t have the answer, but I want to do my part to bring some attention back to the burger at Northeast Kingdom.
Burger Ordered: The Burger
The Taste: At first bite, I worried that bun might be too thick for the patty. But as I made my way through this deliciously toasted and buttered bread border, I found that each bite gave me a perfect amount of bun and meat to chew on. The care that goes into the locally-sourced patty is evident, and its toppings (cheddar cheese, mushroom duxelles, and tobacco onions) give it the most incredible savory flavor. Every moment eating this burger is a joy, and generates involuntary verbal praise.
The Verdict: Bushwick is more than holding its own in the New York City burger scene. Northeast Kingdom serves a stalwart hamburger that is as good today as it was four years ago.
Northeast Kingdom is located at 18 Wyckoff Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.