Burgers, by definition, are delicious (ed note: please don't look up the definition of "burger"), and there are literally hundreds in NY worth putting on your bucket list that will eventually make you kick one. But some stand out. After getting lots of grease on our Bugle Boys, we landed on the five that you need to eat right now: the best burgers in New York.
No. 5: The Juicy Lucy
406 E 9th St; East Village;212.228.8011
Although you may be mistrustful of anything that the Midwest claims to do better (except Eric Crouches), Whitmans has a super legit Juicy Lucy (Minnesota's state cheeseburger) made with a short-rib blend, caramelized onion, spicy pickles, and an ooze-happy stuffing of pimento cheese. And for those of you that don't know, that's basically cheese mixed with mayo. Go Midwest!
No. 4: Korzo Original Burger
178 E 7th St; East Village; 212.780.0181
The only reason this guy's not higher is the fact that, if you keep going back to eat it, you will probably die. The glorious patty is wrapped not in a bun but "a fine bread made according to an old Slovak family recipe", and then effing deep fried. It's also got applewood-smoked bacon, and Emmental cheese. It's awesome.
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No. 3: Lure Style Burger
142 Mercer St; Soho; 212.431.7676
Multiple-time Burger Bash Champion, this is basically what you think of when you think of just a straight-up great cheeseburger with the works: lettuce, pickles, and special sauce on a brioche bun. An gigantic onion ring garnish never hurt anything either.
No. 2: Steak House Burger
The Brindle Room
277 E 10th St; East Village; 212.529.9702
It's made from a mixture of ground beef, steak trimmings, and deckle (read up here on that
), then it's heated to medium rare perfection in a cast iron skillet, all of which kinda makes it taste like you're eating a tiny pseudo-steak covered in American and caramelized onions.
1. Black Label Burger
113 Macdougal St; Greenwich Village; 212.475.3850
Sure, it's a little predictable, but so are SyFy movies, and those are still awesome. The gold standard of funky, pungent, caramelized onion-topped, dry-aged, more-a-steak-than-a-burger burgers, it's somehow worth every one of those 26 dollars. If you have any respect for yourself as a burger eater, you've gotta try it at least once.
406 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009
With its vintage vibe, downstairs dining area and upstairs counter service, Whitmans delivers seriously delicious burgers like their famous Juicy Lucy, in addition to other American eats.
4. Lure Fishbar
142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
With its maritime decor, Lure may be the next best thing to cruising around in an actual yacht. Sip creative cocktails alongside sushi, New England clam chowder, lobster ravioli, and seared branzino.
5. Brindle Room
277 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009
Brindle Room is the pride of the East Village's American-style resto sect. It has an extensive menu, but it's possible that no one has ever not ordered the burger. Seriously. Get the burger.