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Prime Burgers replaces Deli on Rye in Albertson


The "A.M." burger at Prime Burgers in Albertson Credit: Justin Gaines

Burgers rule at the Albertson space that once housed the kosher Deli on Rye. Co-owners George Kerrane and Ed Shapiro have transformed both the concept and look of their former place and reopened it as Prime Burgers. The new restaurant is not kosher.

In the kitchen is chef Justin Gaines, who worked for the renowned chef Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bakery in Manhattan. Much of what Gaines cooks is made from scratch, including the hand-cut fries, at $5, as well as salad dressings and ketchup.

Ground short rib, brisket and hanger steak combine to make the restaurant's beef burger. The “A.M.” version, at $11, is topped with a sunny-side-up egg, bacon, hollandaise and chives.  The restaurant also serves turkey, vegetable and crab burgers, as well as an assortment of salads and sandwiches. Mac-and-cheese, $12, is laced with goat cheese, Cheddar, Parmesan and mascarpone, as well as chives and truffle oil.

And if that doesn’t sound artery-clogging enough, think about this finale: fried brownie a la mode.

Prime Burgers is at 1008 Willis Ave., Albertson; 516-621-2471.

Above, the “A.M.“ burger at Prime Burgers in Albertson