Minetta Tavern's Black Label Burger
I am trying to decide how to order the black label burger. I know I should order it medium rare and I have ordered burgers from other places medium rare however they usually over cook them. I always order my steak medium rare. From the pictures I have seen it looks like Minetta's medium rare is a true medium rare. I am okay with a burger being pink throughout with a touch of red as long as it does not taste raw and the center is not cool. I also don't want the center to have what I would describe as a raw texture.
I have ordered plenty of burgers medium and have been disappointed because they are overcooked however I don't want a raw tasting burger. I just want the rarest, juiciest burger possible without it tasting undercooked. How should I order it?
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
I ordered the Black Label medium rare several times, and have not had any problems with it being overcooked or undercooked. It is my favorite burger that I have had in recent memory, so if you are willing to pay the price for it, you will get a great burger. Mind you, it will not taste like a normal ground beef burger. It will be more like eating high quality dried aged meat in a bun, which I enjoy very much.
If you are averse to a raw texture, you should be concerned about the Black Label burger. I have had it medium rare, and correctly cooked to medium rare. But the patty has a very strange texture in any case - smooth, almost mousse-like - and I think it would maintain that texture unless you charred it all the way through.
You might want to think twice.
To my personal taste - if you want to really get any meat flavor, hold the caramelized onions.
At my brother's request, we ordered it medium, and it came out pretty much at what I normally consider medium-rare, which I didn't think compromised either the flavor or texture at all. At medium, the texture felt more finely chopped than ground, and luxuriously silky throughout (from an enormous amount of fat, I'm sure). I wonder if the smooth, mousse-like perception was a result of more unrendered fat at the medium-rare stage?
I will admit that while I internally cringed when my brother ordered the burger medium, I enjoyed the result so much I will probably order it medium in the future.