465 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
NATIONAL HAMBURGER MONTH
Some of us are dreamers and some of us are doers. There are those of us that day dream all day about what we wish we were doing and there are those people who are already making it happen. I’m specifically talking about the pantless society. While you and me and damn near everyone else, gets up in the morning, puts on our pants and then goes to work, there’s a part of society that has a does the same, but with a twist. They are those without pants. The ones who do just as much work as the rest of us, sit in front of a computer all day, make phone calls, process invoices and all that same bidniz junk but at home … and with no pants.
I call these people my friends and every once in awhile, I get to join in their pantless parties (pants required). Such was the case today as I joined my friends Ben, Matt and Robert, all who are pants-less bloggers by profession and our friend George, a pants-less lawyer. These people live by their own rules, their own hours and their own dress codes yet they provide solutions and services that many people rely on. Other than they don’t wear pants at “work” they’re just like you and me and they love HAMBURGERS. They also have the added bonus of not having to ask for a lunch hour and can easily meet for a lunch on a Monday.
Prime Meats, no-reservations restaurant located in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens, has been hot on the scene for some time. The rustic looking tavern gone restaurant is always busy and as much as you would like to call ahead for a table, you can’t. Run by childhood friends turned Kings County restaurant superstars, Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, Prime Meats is a German-inspired farm to table restaurant. The idea was to create a turn of the century style restaurant into fresh and interesting tribute to the past. All dairy and produced are sourced from the Pennsylvania based Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, while the Pork comes from the West Village based Faicco’s Pork Store. The beef, all-natural Angus, is supplied by Creekstone Farms, a farm that raises it’s cattle humanely, allowing them to graze freely. Before processing, the cows are fed a corn-based feed that aids in the flavor profile of the meat.
The concept is great but unfortunately they require pants (we assumed) so we donned ours and met up for lunch. If you go on a Monday afternoon, you’ll be seated immediately, much like we were, in a room entirely by ourselves.
Ben and his girlfriend Emily have been preaching to me about this Burger forever so I have to admit, expectations were VERY high. I made it a point to arrive hungry, eating only a Zone bar all day. The menu at Prime Meats is pretty small and other than a few breakfast, lunch and craft beer selections, there really isn’t a whole lot else. As the Burger arrived my jaw unhinged itself from my skull, fell to the floor and rolled all the way across the dining room. Thankfully, this is Carroll Gardens and there were no hipsters around to pick it up and turn it into an art installation. I was able to quickly retrieve, re-hinge and say “holy shit that’s a lot of Bacon!!”
The Prime Meats Burger is a 1/2 lb. Creekstone Certified Black Angus served on a house-made Sesame Roll with Fermented Dill Pickle, Lettuce, Tomato & Onion and a side of hand-cut French Fries. Mine was ordered, of course, Medium-Rare and without Tomato or Pickle. I added on the optional Grafton Cheddar Cheese and the Faicco’s Thick Cut Bacon, which was the cause for the exclamation. George’s Burger, for some reason, had nearly twice as much Bacon as mine and upon my outburst he replied “they like me.”
Regardless of the uneven bacon placement across two plates, this is one seriously sized Hamburger. There will be no one handed handling of this Burger, which made my signature “Left Hand Grab” photo pretty difficult. The thick Burg comes hot, juicy and begging to be eaten. The all natural flavor to the freshly ground Beef is superb and really full bodied in its flavor. There’s no mistaking is taste dominance. The bacon…whoa the bacon, is worthy of being ordered on it’s own! Truthfully though, that is what makes the dance it does with the Beef so worthy of their union.
Man, I LOVED this burger and in fact, the only thing that kept me from giving it a higher rating was the Bun. On it’s own, a nice piece of Bread that has both wheat and sweet profiles but when placed around the delectable fresh Beef, it not only has too much flavor but is too big. Funny because I am used to a Bun to Beef ratio that is usually more Beef and falls apart under the effects of the juice. Not this one, the Bun, to its credit holds up damn well but it’s just slightly too much bread. But do NOT let that hold you back from Prime Meats.
Put on your pants, get yourself out to Brooklyn and eat this amazing Farm Fresh Burger and do NOT, forget to add the Bacon.
THE BURGER COUNTQUEST
May 23, 2011 – 3:19 pm
The Rev Meter for Social Community
“The Rev Meter” is a social community meter for assessing how optimized a bar or restaurant is with social networking. By taking what he considers to be the 10 most important social networks and creating a point system, The Rev can accurately asses how well the business is using social networking as a tool. His goal here is to educate and assist great business to better effectively use these tools
4 points or less You’ve missed the 5 basics and are less than optimized
5 points You’ve covered the basics, which is better than most but far from optimized.
6 to 9 points You’re doing better than most and on your way to becoming a well respected social community whiz.
10 points Congrats on a perfect score! Are you hiring