[Pigging by Wilfrid: August 4, 2014]
It's that time again. Time Out New York--TONY to its friends--has announced the finalists in the 2014 Battle of the Burger. I don't know how long TONY has been running its annual best burger contest, but the nature of the contest has certainly changed over the years.
There was a time--ten to fifteen years ago?--when honors were disputed among the few independent makers of credible, bar-style burgers: Corner Bistro, Molly's Shebeen, J.G. Melon. No longer: in fact, the excitement is generated by two opposed and contrary categories which are steadily putting the squeeze on an old-fashioned thick beef patty, with melted cheese in a bun.