Best Burgers in New York
New York has lots of options when it comes to finding good burgers. It’s not always appreciated, but making a good burger is a real craft. Of course, the best burgers can be found in New York. Here is a list of the top five best burgers in NYC:
1. Five Napkin Burger
Everyone has their own opinion, but this restaurant is on everyone’s top 5 list and is my #1 pick. Five Napkin Burger is a burger restaurant where you can also order sushi and other dishes, which is perfect when you are dining with someone who wants to eat healthy while the other wants the best burger in New York.
The best burger at this restaurant is called the Original Five Napkin Burger. On this burger, there is special cheese and sauce. It is a big, heavy-duty burger, which not everyone can finish. The French fries are hit-or-miss, but usually good.
Price of the burger: US$16
Location: Multiple, but the real spot is in midtown west of Manhattan, not far from Times Square.
2. Corner Bistro
This burger restaurant is really a bar. Do not expect fancy cutlery, plates, and glasses. Don’t be surprised if there is a long queue. The best burger here is the Bistro Burger. This is a burger with cheddar cheese and bacon. The burger is not too heavy, but big enough. The French fries here are always very deep fried.
Price of the burger: US$12.75
Location: Between Chelsea and the Meatpacking District
Website: Corner Bistro
3. Burger Joint
In the super deluxe Le Parker Meridien hotel, there is a hidden gem. Walk through the lobby and just left of reception, you will see a narrow corridor. You will be surprised by what you see! You will end up in a “students” burger hang-out. Burger Joint has an underground atmosphere and it will look as if you arrived in a cave, but the burgers are oh so good. The best burger is the cheeseburger with “All the Works” (which means everything on it). This is truly an experience and definitely a fun surprise to find. Burger Joint is good for lunch or a snack, but not a romantic night out.
Price of the burger: US$9.42
Location: Midtown Manhattan near Central Park and Columbus Circle
Website: Burger Joint
4. Shake Shack
Shake Shack is known for their amazing milkshakes, and their amazingly long queues. They have many locations throughout New York. My advice? Avoid the one on 8th Avenue, it’s always very busy. Head to any of the locations outside of Midtown. However, if you want the ultimate experience then go to their first location at Madison Square Park. Expect to wait. If you just want to have a milkshake then make use of their C-Line to skip the regular line. And if they ask ‘Do you want it malted?’ Say YES! Isn’t this a burger top 5? Indeed, their burgers aren’t bad either. Get the Shack Burger.
Price of the burger: US$5.50
Location: Multiple, Madison Square Park most famous
Website: Shake Shack
5. Maialino in Gramercy Park Hotel
Maialino in Gramercy Park Hotel is a wildcard. It’s not a burger restaurant, in fact the only burger they serve is only available for lunch. The burger is tasty with gorgonzola, bacon and red onion. The atmosphere in Maialino is unpretentious and cosy but busy. This is the perfect place to end an evening (after a musical) – or start one! There is a club in the Gramercy Park Hotel, and it’s hot. Ladies in high heels, arriving in limos, you get the picture. If you don’t get in, don’t worry. Neither did I.
Price of the burger: US$21
Location: Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Avenue
EXTRA! Category: Sliders. The STK Slider.
Sliders are mini burgers. You often find these on the menu at sports bars and other places that serve finger food. The restaurant called STK in New York has absolutely the best sliders in all the land. In this upscale, fancy, and hip restaurant where the celebrities go, there are the sliders, called “Little Big Macs” on the appetizer menu. They are out of this world delicious. STK is an expensive steak house in the Meatpacking District. The Little Big Macs cost US$20 for two sliders, but there is enough for you to share them. The rest of the menu is certainly not cheap, but the chance that a famous rapper or model is sitting next to you is also possible.
Price of the slider: US$10 each, but are sold per two.
Location: Meatpacking District