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  Lunch/Takeout New American East Village Moderate Great

I like hamburgers. I mean, who doesn’t, right? Now, I’m not gonna write a blog about ‘em (that’s been done; see, but I think they’re swell. First, they taste good. But more than that, there’s something very comforting about them that makes you feel young and silly and happy. I like that they are a food you have to eat with your hands. I like that they get you messy. And I like that they are a food that most probably will cause you to smile at some point during the course your meal. So, yes, I like hamburgers. And with the rate that burger joints have sprouted from the sidewalks of this city—like wiry stubborn weeds in a summer garden—apparently I am not alone in my love of this culinary genre. Apparently, a lot of people like hamburgers. In fact, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a carnivore who doesn’t love them. Really, what’s not to love? Even a bad burger is kinda good. And these days when you get it right, you’re treated to a hot freshly seasoned mound of juicy meat snuggled into a top notch bun, most probably topped with some local farmhouse cheese, house-caramelized onions, artisan smoked bacon and homemade ketchup made from hand-picked tomatoes from the chef’s personal garden. What’s better than that? I mean add a plate of fries and I have no idea why you’d want to eat anything else. Like most people in the city, when I want to get my burger fix, I have my favorite places. For a simplest of burger pleasures, I go to Shake Shack (with a friend or enough reading material for a two hour wait.) You get four ounces of meaty goodness on a potato bun, and you’re set. When I get the hankering for a big beefy bad boy, I can’t say that I want anything other than April’s burger at The Spotted Pig. My second choice would be the one at Five Points, and you know what, they make a damn good one at Farm on Adderley and at Jane.

But wait, I’m getting carried away here. I don’t want this to be a piece on the best burgers in the city. (That story has been done to death.) So let me reel it in a bit and focus, because I want to talk specifically about one breed of burger. And that would be the mighty fine breed served at Stand, a place I’ve been spending a good number of my eating hours lately.

From Jonathan Morr, the man who made sushi sexy at Bond Street and noodles hip at Republic, Stand is th ... [more, click below]

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