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Nov 10, 2013 12:34 PM

Best Patty Melt in New York?

My BF and I are trying to find a great Patty Melt in New York City.. any suggestions? also please describe it...

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  1. I've been waiting with baited breath for someone to answer this, since occasionally I am hit with a nearly unbearable urge for a patty melt. I haven't actually acted upon this urge yet, but here's a couple of secondhand reports...

    Time Out called out the Butterfly's as one of the best sandwiches in the city, full stop:

    Serious Eats likes the versions at Telepan and Burger Heaven:

    I hope some CHers have real hands-on ("mouth-on"? yuck) experience with these, or others.

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    1. re: sappidus

      Inspired by the OP, I finally tried a patty melt in the city, the one at Burger Heaven (49th St branch). Expensive overall, terrible fries, only passable coleslaw, but you know what? A tasty patty melt. Bread properly griddled, cheese appropriately melty, patty a solid medium rare (as ordered). Won't blow your socks off, but when I want a patty melt, I'm looking for comfort, so I was satisfied.

      1. re: Sneakeater

        OK. Help me to understand this. A few months back I had a "patty melt" on Union Tpk in Queens. It was very good. However, to me it was a Cheese burger. Can you explain to me what the difference is between a patty melt and a cheeseburger.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          In very broad terms (and stress "broad"), a patty melt is like a cheeseburger served instead with rye bread (as opposed to a hamburger bun of some sort) and then grilled.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            hmmmm, thanks for the explanation. I wonder what they call the burgers I get on pita bread, and the ones on English muffins. I think I'll call them all Cheeseburgers. I hope no one gets upset.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              I think there are a number of variations, but a patty melt is generally different enough from a cheeseburger to warrant its own name.

              In a patty melt, the bread (usually rye) is grilled, so it's like having a grilled cheese sandwich with a burger in the middle.

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                A patty melt is a subset of cheeseburgers.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Yeah, that's really broadly defined. While I understand there are variations (mostly substituting the type of bread and cheese), a patty melt is grilled on rye (NOT pumpernickel) bread with cheese and fried onions. But all those components really need to be put together meticulously to reach its optimal gestalt. I've tried them wherever I find them on menus at diners in NY/NJ but I haven't come across one I thought was as exceptional as some I've had in LA.

                Some further discussion here:

                And for the meticulous...

            2. re: Sneakeater

              Thanks!! seems like everyone loves that place