Whitmans Restaurant is located in the heart of the East Village, serving burgers and seasonal fare with a focus on fresh, local ingredients.
The concept was born by native New Yorkers Alex Wilmot and James Cruickshank, along with Larry Kramer and Craig Koenig, whose vision was to provide the neighborhood with delicious comfort food in a cozy, intimate setting. The main attraction, modeled after the Minneapolis phenomenon, the "Juicy Lucy," features two thin beef patties pinched together surrounding a scoop of pimento cheddar cheese. The result is a molten core of cheese oozing with every bite. Whitmans offers upstairs counter service and seating, as well as a downstairs dining room serving up locally sourced gourmet sandwiches and small plates. A selection of burgers made with a special beef short rib blend, grilled to perfection are just one feature of the New American cuisine using locally sourced ingredients for a "locavore" appeal. The interior evokes a downtown mix of country home meets Manhattan nostalgia with a collection of vintage maps, antique wallpaper and checkered tiles that meet stark wood and metal finish. Each component is a reflection of the owners' personal style – chairs collected from Southampton yard sales, wallpaper from the Brooklyn flea market. The vibe resembles downtown New York crossed with a country home--a place to enjoy good food with good friends.
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May 31, 2012
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Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Chris Santos's Lower East Side
April 18, 2012
Whitmans Juicy Lucy is a pretty ridiculous thing to behold. It's crazy good. Technically it's in the East Village, but I don't think anything on the LES compares for a good cheap burger. Link
Top 12 Hangover Spots in the City
April 17, 2012
Whitmans serves a version of the burger made famous at Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club in South Minneapolis. The ground beef is packed with a ball of cheddar cheese so that it gets a nice molten center of yellow goo when cooked. The only downside to ordering this is that hot cheese will squirt out all over your hands, clothes, and face if you eat it right away. This will make you feel like a real hungover idiot, so just count to 60 or something before you take that first bite. Link
7 Burgers Go Up Against Shake Shack
April 17, 2012
Whitmans isn’t really a burger joint per se, but it does have a very good $8 burger made from grass-fed beef grown in upstate New York. The meat really has that grass-fed depth and resonance, which makes up for a slight dryness. However, the bun is nowhere near as good as Shake Shack’s, so I’d rate the overall ensemble slightly lower than Shake Shack. Link
April 03, 2012
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