By Terry Trucco
If Louis Lassen, the Connecticut sandwich shop owner often credited with inventing the hamburger, had been French, the world’s most iconic sandwich might look something like a clever new creation making its debut this week at Gaby, the French brasserie at the Sofitel New York.
Meet the Franburger, a slender ground-beef patty nestled in a crisp sour dough baguette and topped with melted Brie, lettuce and sliced tomato. Lest there be any doubt about the sandwich’s allegiances, it’s served with French fries.
The Gallic take on the American classic is the real deal. It was dreamed up by Gaby Executive Chef Sylvain Harribey, a soft-spoken product of Bordeaux and Talence, Bordeaux’s culinary school. But after nearly 15 years in the U.S., including a nine-year-stint at Sofitel Philadelphia, Harribey knows a thing or two about American tastes (he cooks a mean Black Angus burger on a brioche bun). (more…)