160 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All major
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-10pm
Subway: J,M,Z to Marcy Ave., L to Lorimer Street
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This burger-obsessed town got another meaty addition last week when Blue Collar, a small burger-and-dog shop, opened on Havemeyer Street. The restaurant comes from Gavin Compton and Jeff Slagg, the fellas behind Miller’s Tavern, but you won’t find any Duck Rillettes or artisanal cheeses plates here. Their new venture harkens back to the roadside burger shacks of yore, with a kind of “keep it simple, stupid” menu of well-prepared comfort foods.Burgers ($4) get a nice sear on the flat top before being topped with the requisite raw veggies and a special sauce, with the option to add to cheese or an additional patty if you’re into that kind of thing. And while it’s difficult to talk about bargain burgers in this town without thinking of that little empire starter over in Madison Square Park, the comparison here is well-deserved, as Blue Collar griddles up tender, juicy burgers to rival any available around town. The menu rounds out with an all-beef hot dog served up with tangy kraut ($2.75) and fries that ($2.25/$3/25) come generously salt and peppered, with cheese and/or chili additions available for a few pennies more. The classic milkshake gets a turn in the blender with flavor options spanning from vanilla and chocolate to peanut butter and cookies & cream. And rest easy, boozehounds: a beer and wine list is currently in the works.
When all’s said and done, nothing on the menu costs more than $6.25, and for that, our wallets and bellies are eternally grateful.
The Village Voice says:
TAGS: American (Traditional), Burgers, Fairly Cheap, Restaurants, South Williamsburg, ★★★★ Great
Though I can’t say I’m crazy about the name, I stopped in for a cheeseburger at Blue Collar, the new burger joint in Williamsburg from the Miller’s Tavern team.
It may not look it, but this was a very fine fast food-style cheeseburger ($4.75). You know the kind: squishy and satisfying. With its thin, tender patty, browned on the edges, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, and special sauce, it’s reminiscent of an In-N-Out, right down to the way it’s packed up to go in a paper box. I also tried a side of skinny, pale fries ($2.25), which were not so impressive, though I do know French fry-lovers who dig them exactly like this.
Which brings me to this question: does anyone love the burger *and* the fries at the same spot? Gchatting about burgers and fries late into the night, it seems like a lot of people have one favorite spot for burgers and then a different one for fries…