Manhattn’s Burgers, American-style burgers created by Belgians in Montorgueil

By Manon C. Photos by Manon C. Posted January 10, 2023, 9:09 PM

Direction Manhattn’s Burgers, rue Montorgueil, to taste the burgers of the two Belgian brothers Jérôme and Philippe Vandermeulen who have already won over street-food addicts on the other side of the border.

Belgians who start making American burgers in Paris. You might think the beginning of a joke not necessarily in very good taste, and yet, that’s what happens at Manhattan’s Burgers, installed for a year in rue Montorgueil. At the origin of this sign which has already proven itself on the other side of the border, Jerome and Philippe Vandermeulentwo brothers passionate about New York street-food – one of the two even went to settle there for two years as a waffle iron – who wanted to make the French bite into a piece of the Big Apple.

Not easy, however, to differentiate yourself from the many burger restaurants in the capital. At the house of Manhattan’s Burgers, the decision was made to rely on well-sourced products – PDO cheeses, minute flame-grilled steaks of grass-fed Irish Angus beef; brioche buns, soft but not too sweet, prepared according to the recipe of a bakery in Little Italy, the famous New York district.

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On the menu, no less than 9 burger recipes all more naughty than the other, starting with the Paname Cheeseburger (€13.80) that we just tested, consisting of a carefully grilled Irish Angus beef steak (here, we don’t choose the cooking, we let ourselves be carried away by the good taste of the team who successfully cook parfait), AOC reblochon cheese, caramelized onions, crispy bacon, chives and a mustard and honey mayonnaise in the purest American tradition.

But some will fall for the gatsby burger (€13.80), the other big hit on the menu with beef, Swiss Emmental, sautéed mushrooms, crispy bacon, salad and truffle mayonnaise; or for the Brooklyn Falafel (€12.40), the vegetarian guarantee on the menu, with its falafels replacing meat, its fresh tzatziki, its tomato tartare and its spicy sauce.

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To accompany these little beauties dripping with melted cheese, nothing like a good dose of Belgian fries (which we would have preferred more belgians Again ; €4.5) or sweet potato fries (5€) accompanied by a sauce kept secret, and a pint of draft beer, Belgian of course – Estaminet, Steenbrugge, Cornet. And to finish, the bravest will opt for a milkshake (€7.5) vanilla, Oreo or speculoos version, Belgian origin requires; these being reputed to be ultra-greedy.

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