The INSIDER Summary:
- I tried NYC’s Emmy burger and Chicago’s Au Cheval burger side by side.
- Both were delicious but very different.
- My preference was the Emmy burger.
NYC’s Emmy Burger — served at Emily — and Chicago’s Au Cheval burger — served at a restaurant by the same name — have consistently been named two of the best burgers in the US.
I was lucky enough to be able to try them side by side at a dinner event hosted at Chef’s Club in New York City, which featured just the two burgers as the main course options.
The two cheeseburgers are very different — keep scrolling to see what I thought of each.
Aptly named the 'Great Meat-Up,' the dinner was held at Chef's Club in NYC's Nolita neighbourhood. I was seated at the bar with a great view of the open kitchen.
Menu options included the two burgers, of course, as well as fries and pickles from Au Cheval, a root beer float from Au Cheval, and a rice krispie ice cream sandwich from Emily.
Even at 9:30 pm, the restaurant was packed -- few people can pass up the chance to try these iconic burgers.
There were a fair amount of Au Cheval burgers passing through the kitchen, which makes sense considering they're usually only available in Chicago.
I was especially excited for the Emmy burger since it's served on my favourite kind of a bread: a pretzel bun.
Au Cheval describes itself as having a 'passion for eggs,' so I went all out and ordered the burger with bacon and a fried egg on top.
I wasn't asked how I wanted my burgers, but the Emmy burger arrived rare, dripping with caramelised onions, white cheddar cheese, and red pepper aioli.
The Au Cheval burger arrived with two thin patties, cooked what looked to be medium-rare, topped with American cheese, pickles, and dijonnaise.
Au Cheval serves a true cheeseburger in every sense of the word, down to the fluffy bun and American cheese. The extra-thick bacon and fried egg made the burger a little too rich for my taste though.
The Emmy burger nailed it. The rareness of the burger was perfectly complimented by the slight char on the outside, and I loved the sweetness that came from the caramelised onions. Plus, I'd take cheddar over American cheese any day.
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