Ox Cart Tavern
1301 Newkirk Ave
City: Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 284-0005
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Cuisine: Bar Food
2nd Cuisine: Gastro-Pub
Area: Ditmas Park
This Burger Adventure has a lot of history. It began in the summer of 2011, shortly after Burger Weekly began. I crashed a friend’s date after running into her in Madison Square Park. The gentleman courting her was a delightful young music producer who excitedly pointed me in the direction of the Ox Cart Tavern, a joint with a great burger near his home. At the time, I felt that Flatbush, specifically Ditmas Park in this case, was too far away to go for a burger when there were so many Manhattan burgers I still needed to try. Well all these years later I’ve long since shed my aversion toward travel for a great burger, so I trekked out to try it.
Unfortunately for me, the Q train wasn’t running in Manhattan that day, and it took me two hours to get there. C’est la vie, so I parked my rear in the adorable restaurant and told myself that as long as the burger was stellar, the trip would have been worth it.
I was so hungry by the time I got to the restaurant that it would have been hard for me to be disappointed in my first few bites. The Alamo comes topped with a fried egg, a huge onion ring, swiss cheese, and barbecue sauce. The hearty bun held up to the heavy elements of this burger, and once I cut it in half I was able to compress the thing enough to take a bite (a feat I thought might prove more difficult). The burger was stellar. The patty was cooked to a lovely pink color and wonderful texture. It was seasoned just right. The egg was flavorful, and the onion ring added a fantastic taste as well as a fun crunch. The barbecue sauce, poured within the onion ring, was far from lost in this sea of flavor.
Manhattanites should definitely brave the nefarious downtown Q train to eat this burger, and anyone living even remotely near Flatbush is doing themselves a disservice if they aren’t making frequent visits to Ox Cart Tavern.
Review By: Brad Garoon