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The 4 best new burgers we tried in January

Published On 02/03/2014 Published On 02/03/2014
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1. M. Wells Steakhouse 43-15 Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11101 (Queens)

From wallpapered ceiling to a visible kitchen, M. Wells offers a vintage-chic take on the traditional steakhouse. The restaurant is doling out some deliciously juicy burgers, flavorful salads, stiff drinks and—prepare yourself—seriously impressive steaks. Plus, theres an outdoor raw bar if you’re feeling seafood. What more could you need?

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2. Empire Diner 210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Empire Diner in Chelsea brings in all walks of life, at all hours. Check out the burger or more innovative apps to start.

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3. Melt Shop 135 W 50th St, New York, NY 10020 (Midtown West)

Melt Shop reinvents the grilled cheese sandwich in combinations you didn't know you craved. Cheeseheads should stick with the gruyere, havarti, and goat cheese sandwich that gets an extra kick from roasted tomatoes and sourdough bread, while those who like their melted cheese with fried meat should try the fried chicken and pepper jack combo. Every sandwich has a golden brown finish that you could never achieve in your own kitchen, suggesting that sometimes, the classics are best left to the pros.

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4. Umami Burger 432 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

The burgers at this LA-based chain are different than the typical American hamburger because they're built around umami, the savory fifth taste that defines most Japanese food. The menu features a range of burgers, but the eponymous one, stacked with umami-amping ingredients like parmesan crisps, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions and ketchup, is a must-try. All burgers are served on a shiny brown bun and taste best when paired with an order of the signature thin-cut fries.

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