In the magazine this week, Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite hit Steve Hansons Bills Bar and Burger to see if it can compete with the gorilla in Madison Square Park. While decidedly a great burger, and already one of New Yorks best, its not as juicy and cohesive as its Shake Shack rival, and its construction can err, depending on the night and the cook, on the wrong side of floppy, they conclude. Despite the loss of her famous married name, Katie Lee tells Beth Landman this week that she plans a successful food career including a burger joint in New York.
Cabbage is now in season, and Hecho en Dumbo combines it in a recipe for piquant salad with queso fresco, lime, and hibiscus flowers. At Henry Public, Rob and Robin find a new breed of spherical Danish pancakes, made in a cast-iron stove-top pan called Wilkinsons a tribute to consulting chef (and former Top Chef culinary producer) Shannon Wilkinson. See our openings report for previews of Tipsy Parson, Little Giant's Chelsea sequel, and London import Le Caprice in the Pierre Hotel. Finally, theres no such thing as a free lunch, but La Grenouille serves a $29 Market Menu Tuesday through Friday afternoons that delivers such civilized repasts as (on one recent day) celeriac rémoulade, wild salmon with braised endive, and figs in red wine.