What better food to eat while considering the country's future during the presidential debate Wednesday than that most American food, the cheeseburger?
Chef Stephen Yen and Schweid & Sons Burgers are teaming up to roll out a menu of candidate-themed burgers for a debate party at the Ainsworth Wednesday, where the final face-to-face between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be aired on the televisions normally reserved for sports.
"Now more than ever, we’re getting people just cold-calling us, saying, 'Hey are you playing the debates?' 'Are you playing sound?' " Yen said in a telephone interview. "It’s just organically growing. People like a show, and this election has become quite a reality show."
If lack of policy discussion has you wondering, as Walter Mondale once did, "Where's the beef?" the answer at this Ainsworth watch party will be: on your plate.
There will be three special burgers named for each candidate, listed on a menu that will take on the shape of a ballot, Yen said. The most popular burger for each candidate will remain on the menu until Election Day -- at which point the restaurant will tally up the sales to see which candidate proved most popular.
The debate starts at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and the Ainsworth is at 45 East 33rd St. in midtown.
Here's a sneak peak at the burgers you can try there on debate night:
The Heirloom Hillary: This Italian-flavored burger features burrata cheese, heirloom tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and sea salt.
Little Rock Shrimp Burger: Named for Clinton's former home in Arkansas, this burger features bang bang shrimp, bibb lettuce, pickled jalapenos, and spicy mayo.
The Chillary- A "liberal scoop" (get it?) of Arkansas slaw on top of a bacon BBQ cheeseburger.
The Trump Tower: Bologna and beef sliders, stacked up tall.
The Wall: Chili-lime-rubbed angus beef, avocado, salsa, cotijá cheese, créma.
The Comb Over: Cotton candy “hair" on top of a classic bacon cheeseburger.