Address134 Ludlow St. (at Rivington St.) 
Website: ordermikeys.com
Best Bet: BLT burger ($6.50)

Mikey is doing creative things between the bun on the LES. His quality, subtly inventive spins on the classics have inspired late night, crosstown quests and we know why. His burgers and dogs have a sought-after breed of tender, quality beef that comes so cheap you don't mind tacking on the extra $2.50 for the subway trip.

Mikey's self-named burger ($5.50) is a good place to start: a heavenly mound of corned beef and hash elevated by a perky Chinese mustard and a mess of sautéed onions on a Martin's potato roll. But the real scene stealer is the BLT burger ($6.50), a juicy burger with crispy Chinese bacon and a sizeable splat of kewpie mayo that takes the entire thing to another level.

Thinly cut, skin-on fries ($3) can be topped with unreasonable amount of cheese or some spicy chili if you're in the mood to get messy. But the burgers here meet their true match with the thickly churned shakes ($5.50) that offer the ideal end to your full-on beef indulgence. The avocado shake puts a slighty sweet spin on our favorite superfood, and the Asian-inspired sesame shake, a blend of vanilla ice cream perfected by a flurry of crushed bits of pistachio, will have you begging for more.