Lunch, Burgers, American
The crowd that arrives at this busy, hip, burger-focused restaurant can end up waiting on the sidewalk. However, not all are in line for the patties, as such dishes as salads, appetizers and a Kobe beef hot dog are also options. (Take-out, too). But, for those seeking the item mentioned on the marquee, all burgers served are made of 7 ounces of grilled Angus beef, and can be dressed in bacon and a selection of cheeses and sauces. For those who'd rather pass on beef, chicken, turkey, veggie and tuna are also available. (Another favorite: the Ms. Pac-Man video game open for play.)
Daily: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
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It seems a no-brainer that high-profile chef-restaurateur Laurent Tourondel (until recently, the "LT" of BLT Steak, BLT Burger, BLT Market and BLT Fish in Manhattan) would score with a casual-chic new burger spot in downtown Sag Harbor.
I arrive at 11:55 a.m., while the breakfast crowd still lingers over bagels and omelets in the cafe area; the dining room opens promptly at noon. I bide my time on a metal glider swing admiring the handsome horseshoe-shaped bar.
Lunch kicks off with a bowl of neatly fried Horman's dill pickles, from which burst hot piquant juices. A salad of local heirloom tomatoes and arugula gets a salty edge from crisp bacon.
A classic burger topped with Jack cheese is deliciously juicy. Is the pricier Snake River Farm American Kobe better? A bit richer, more velvety, but no more satisfying. I'm less taken with an organic turkey burger, which, while herbal, is a bit dry. A real surprise is how good the spiced tuna burger (actually a tuna steak) turns out.
Major letdown: Fries (sweet potato, waffle and skinny) are the previously frozen sort. This from a native-born Frenchman? Quel dommage.
The "gone bananas" shake (with fresh bananas and dulce de leche ice cream) succeeds in temporarily shaking my world. So, too, does a deeply fudgy brownie a la mode with bourbon sauce.
LT Burger in the Harbor: 62 Main St., Sag Harbor, 631-899-4646, ltburger.com