Fatty Johnson's Puts the Ham Back in Hamburger
Fatty Johnson's is a six-week pop-up that replaced Cabrito on Carmine Street in the West Village (the iconic hanging goat has been haphazardly painted with the initials "FJ"). From a seriously twisted menu that features American comfort foods sometimes goosed up with Asian flavors (and virtually no vegetables) comes a cheeseburger that manages to distinguish itself in the crowded burger field by topping itself, not with bacon, but with ham.
The cheese is bebis, a sheep's milk cheese from the Pyrenees, and the ham is wildly smoky. The optional egg is a necessary addition to increase the lushness, and between the runny yolk, melted cheese, and general moistness of the meat, this is the real "five-napkin burger."
Grandly termed "fried confit potatoes" ($6), the fries are creamy and taste like they've been fried not once, but a few times, and come with aioli for dipping. Cheeseburger $14, with ham $16, with ham and fried egg $17.
50 Carmine Street