Where better to start a hamburger road trip than New York City? DuMont Burger, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, puts a fancy face on America’s favorite sandwich by serving it on a tasty (but not too bready) brioche bun and giving you the option of adding upscale toppings like avocado salad and gruyere cheese. (dumontburger.com). The restaurant is cozy and most of the seating is at counters, though there’s some outdoors too. Crowds can form if you don’t go early.
Work off the calories: Very little in New York City is cheap, which makes the free kayaking on the East River, offered at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, that much better.