A small and neatly appointed temple to the hamburger, DuMont Burger (spin of nearby Dumont) offers a full bar, beer on tap and a high-quality, lean beef burger served on a brioche-like bun. It is de-licious and de-luxe in here. Step into a cheerful space where the brick has been meticulously cared for and accented with smooth wood and stone work, soft lighting and an interesting mix of music in the background. Friendly staff make you feel right at home as you belly up to the bar.
Notes on De-luxe: Like the “deluxe” burger many of us here in New York know so well, the DuMont burger does come with lettuce pickles, onions and tomatoes. But don’t expect the wilted and tasteless to appear on your plate. The burgers are served with two types of pickles; bread-and-butter and dill, both crisp, with that home-canned feel. The lettuce is green bib, the onions sweet purple and the tomato red beefsteak. If it is cheese you are looking for, try the blue or the gruyere (or mix them together on the same burger – it is delicious). You can choose fries or a salad, but try the fries, served with a sprinkling of fresh parsley and a crisp, fresh potato taste. They will not disappoint.
Other offerings: The menu sports a mac-n-cheese, which is made with radiatore pasta (the cork-screw type), a veggie burger, a chicken sandwich and a fish sandwich. Onion rings are also available.
Desserts: Apple crumble and Giant Chocolate Chip cookie top the list. If you can’t manage the Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie right away, get it to go. It’s a great late night treat to share.
Special notes: The full bar has several varieties of Stoli vodka, a ruby port, and some specialty liqueurs. On tap are Jever, Yeungling, and Lagunitas. Best to go alone or with a friend who is not overly concerned about personal space. The thirty-odd stools are packed around the bar and the narrow tables. The much-appreciated, trapezoidal bathroom features slate stonework and stainless steel, along with real hot water.
DuMont Burger is located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Manhattan. As Manhattan has become increasingly upscale and overwhelmingly expensive, the New York intelligentsia and creative underclassmen have increasing looked to make Brooklyn their home. The neighborhood that has—arguably—taken the brunt of the exodus from Manhattan is the northern area of Williamsburg. Now a haven for starving artists and hipsters, the neighborhood has redefined and rebranded itself into one of the hotspots of Brooklyn, with bars, live music, and restaurants spawning in direct proportion to the increase in the now well-established sense of Williamsburg community. If the weather's agreeable, you can head to McCarren Park to throw the ol' baseball around or watch the many hipsters in Williamsburg's Kickball League lounge and pose their way to victory. The park's pool is splendid, and there's a brand-new, year-round recreation center. After running around on the grass or watching other people run around, it might be time for a trip to the borough's preferred brewery, the Brooklyn Brewery, where Williamsburg's beer of choice has been make for two decades. The brewery offers staffed tastings on Friday nights, as well as tours of the brewery itself. If the weather's disagreeable, you might be in need of some new threads. No sweat in trendy Williamsburg! Seek out Beacon's Closet on 11th Street for some great thrift-store shopping or native chain Brooklyn Industries for new fashions. Fashion-forward Francophiles will burst their pocketbooks over the selections at Jumelle and Noisette. For those chasing a more urban chic, Williamsburg's own Triple Five Soul should do the trick. Maybe your wallet's heart isn't in apparel and craves music instead. Williamsburg favorites Earwax Records and Academy Annex will satiate the most eclectic of musical tastes with new and used CDs, LPs, and DVDs. Ah, but nothing has a higher fidelity than live music, so check out the Music Hall Of Williamsburg, where national indie acts like Dr. Dog and Les Savy Fav have performed. For a bit of local music and a more neighborhood-appropriate atmosphere, the swank Union Pool offers live music and a bar but no swimming whatsoever. Now, replenish your dwindling energy with breakfast or lunch at the esteemed egg restaurant, or try more filling fare at the renowned Peter Luger Steakhouse. There's also the one-two punch of sister restaurants Marlow & Sons, a Mediterranean café/restaurant/bar/store, and Diner, both created by the same folks and well-known parts of Williamsburg's hipster pedigree. Then there's Bamonte's for Italian, Falafel Chula for Middle Eastern, and Planet Thailand for Southeast Asian. Finally, enjoy a local nightcap—which generally means a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon—at one of the classic neighborhood bars. At The Levee, you can supplement your drinks with great bar food and a game of pool, but at Barcade, the gaming is digital and as well-stocked as the beer selection. The Alligator Lounge is another neighborhood favorite and serves free personal pizzas from its wood-burning oven every night until 3:30am. Or if you'd prefer a subdued atmosphere and well-mixed cocktails—included seasonal potables like hot cider (spiked, of course)—then you should give Pete's Candy Store a go.
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