Best Sliders in the U.S.
Patrons line up at Shopsin’s lunch counter in the Essex Street Market for the experience; eccentric proprietor Kenny Shopsin is a legendary grump. (His house rules prevent diners at one table from ordering the same dish on his 900-item menu.) Among the most desirable options are the "Tiger Paws" (at left), three tiny buttery egg sandwiches that come with melted American cheese. shopsins.com
For other unique riffs, The Dutch’s Andrew Carmellini (Food & Wine Best New Chef 2000) pairs cornmeal-crusted fried oysters with pickled okra tartar sauce on brioche rolls. Joey Campanaro sells nearly 1,000 meatball sliders a week on fresh garlic buns at the Little Owl. thedutchnyc.com; thelittleowlnyc.com