The je ne sais quoi in the alluring hamburger at Cocotte is a dash of cognac, which is drizzled over a fistful of top-notch beef at this Park Slope bistro and bar. Swiss cheese, portobello mushroom, and great French fries complete the plate. Best burger in Brooklyn, declares EJC.
Elsewhere in the Slope, hounds love Helios’ half-pound Black Angus burger, which comes juicy and nicely charred on a house-made brioche roll. Sharp cheddar and freshly sauteed mushrooms put it over the top, says redgirl. For a few bucks more, add standout herb fries or a better-than-you’d-expect side salad of greens, very good crumbled feta, onion, and a tasty vinaigrette. Few reports so far from the Greek side of the menu, except that lamb souvlaki and eggy, lemony avgolemono soup are worth a try.
In Williamsburg, dive bar-turned-bistro Sweetwater makes an excellent, slightly fancy burger with Gruyere and caramelized onions on an English muffin–“which may sound twee to you but I assure you isn’t,” promises benghoil.
Carroll Gardens’ Crave rolls out a 10-ouncer–nicely seasoned meat “with a bit of a kick to it,” says David B–with pickled onions on onion brioche.
And in Brooklyn Heights, the Heights Cafe serves excellent char-broiled burgers with freshly made fries or onion rings, says Fleur.
Cocotte [Park Slope]
337 5th Ave., at 4th St., Brooklyn
Helios [Park Slope]
82 6th Ave., between St. Marks and Prospect Pl., Brooklyn
105 N 6th St., between Berry St and Wythe Ave., Brooklyn
Heights Cafe [Brooklyn Heights]
84 Montague St., at Henry St., Brooklyn