A Sandwich A Day: Beet Burger at Apartment 138

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year--so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know.—The Mgmt.


[Photograph: Christine Chung]

Brooklyn neighborhood favorite Apartment 138 has been racking up some major buzz for its trademark burger. It is indeed quite delicious: a thick beef patty, a generous melted layer of cheddar, tomato compote, and a housemade pickle to boot. So it's no surprise that there are serious lines come the weekend, when the unbeatable deal of a burger and bloody mary/mimosa can be yours for just $16 (the burger on its own is usually $14).

By comparison, the other equally delectable burger option at Apartment 138 flies under the radar. The vegetarian alternative, the Housemade Beet Burger ($12), is one of the tastiest and most creative non-meat burgers I've encountered. It forgoes the traditional meat patty in favor of a vibrantly colored and deceptively firm burger patty made of beets. The patty is sandwiched by a generous, surprisingly light and airy toasted sesame bun.

A subtle layer of lemon-whipped feta and a smattering of arugula offset the burger's beetiness. They compliment the beet nicely, but the whipped feta could have used a bit more punch. These ingredients may remind you of a salad, but the beet's firm, meaty texture deceives you into thinking you're eating something quite burger-like.

The burger comes with fries or an arugula salad. The salad was over-dressed, far too vinegary and salty, and didn't add much to the meal. But truth be told, this burger doesn't need any accompaniments—it's that good.

Apartment 138

138 Smith Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (map) 718-858-0556; www.apartment138.com/