Last night, some of the country's best burgers—from heavyweights like Shake Shack, Minetta Tavern, The Spotted Pig, Dumont, and more—went head-to-head in one of the premiere events of the New York Food and Wine Festival, The Burger Bash. Attendees gorged on burgers and their accompaniments, the cover band did their best to imitate Journey and the Cure, and, no surprise, the crowds mobbed Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray. On to the winners, the losers, the highlights.
1) Spike Mendelsohn, who served up a slim burger on a potato bun with bacon and blue cheese—really one of the strongest contenders of the night—won the vote from the judges. This is his second win this year, since he swept the awards in SoBe in February.