R5 Smashburger Proves Thin Is In When It Comes to Char-Grilled Patties

Everyone in the stand burger business has to have a gimmick, right? Smashburger takes a sphere of beef, and then smashes it flat (get it?) onto a griddle, a process that you can watch from the counter via live video feed. The result is a wide, flat, nearly crisp burger that is almost entirely char. Look for myriad toppings—plus three types of buns. And, like Shake Shack, Smashburger offers beer along with sodas and shakes.
448 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck (914) 777-3370; 847 Pelham Pkwy, Pelham Manor (347) 913-4169; smashburger.com