The burger: Gotham Burger
The situation: Plymouth cheddar, braised short rib, Niman Ranch bacon, and pasilla pepper aioli on a browned sesame seed bun.
Execution score: A perfect 10, thanks to immaculate ingredients and cooking technique. Perfectly melted cheddar and aioli added creaminess to this burger, which was cooked to the ideal level of doneness (medium rare). The whole thing was juicy, tender, and full of achingly deep flavor, thanks to the addition of short rib. And we loved that puffed fingerling potato accompaniment, too.
Photo: Anna Monette Roberts