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The Spotted Pig
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Fritzl’s Lunch Box
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The Happiest Hour
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1. The Spotted Pig314 W 11th St, New York
2. Brindle Room277 E 10th St, New York
3. Shake Shack11 Madison Ave, New York
4. Emily919 Fulton St, Brooklyn
5. J.G. Melon1291 3rd Ave, New York
6. Wilma Jean345 Smith St, Brooklyn
7. Fanelli Cafe94 Prince St, New York
8. Fritzl's Lunch Box173 Irving Ave, Brooklyn
9. Petey's Burger30-17 30th Ave, Astoria
10. Ear Inn326 Spring St, New York
11. Whitmans406 E 9th St, New York
12. Upland345 Park Ave S, New York
13. Sidecar560 5th Ave, Brooklyn
14. The Happiest Hour121 W 10th St, New York
15. Whit's End97-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens
16. P.J. Clarke's915 3rd Ave, New York
17. Bareburger3321 31st Ave, Astoria
18. Navy137 Sullivan St, New York
19. Corner Bistro331 West 4th Street, New York
20. RippersBeach 86th St Boardwalk, New York
21. Peter Luger178 Broadway, Brooklyn
22. Minetta Tavern113 Macdougal St, New York
23. Superiority Burger430 E 9th St, New York
24. 5 Napkin Burger150 E 14th St, New York
25. Grindhaus275 Van Brunt St, Red Hook
26. The Dram Shop339 9th St, Brooklyn
27. Joe Junior167 3rd Ave, New York
28. Ruby's Café219 Mulberry St, New York
29. Pop's Burger167 N 8th St, Brooklyn
30. Prime Meats465 Court St, Brooklyn
31. Juniper112 Berry St, New York
32. Mayfield688 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn
The Spotted Pig's kitschy interior is filled with pig statues and figurines, but don't let those little guys guilt you out of indulging in Prosciutto & Ricotta Tarts, Pork Rillette, or Crispy Pig's Ear Salad.
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.
It may have started as a hot dog stand in Madison Square Park, but the Shack's now a purveyor of the seriously delicious burgers, shakes, custard & dogs everyone's come to love.
This cozy Clinton Hill spot was founded by two foodies who sparked a relationship in college over a shared pizza. Today, they're serving up an overwhelming selection of creative pies in their intimate, gourmet restaurant. In addition to pizza and the very popular s'mores calzone, make sure to order an award-winning Emmy burger. They only serve 25 per night!
With kitschy melon decor and an old-school vibe, Melon's a bustling, good ol' American pub on the UES with the bar eats, like their seriously good burgers, menu painted on wooden boards.
With a charming Southern vibe, Wilma Jean in Gowanus is ready to stuff you full of double cheeseburgers, fried bologna sandwiches, fried pickles, and of course, fried chicken with buttermilk dressing.
This bar/resto is basically a SoHo institution it's been around so long, and it reflects that in its old-school style with red and white checkered table cloths and tasty classic pub food.
From the ravenous mind of owner Dan Ross-Leutwyler, whose bonafides include time at Roberta's, Fatty 'Cue, and The Breslin, FLB is a hidden gem off the Dekalb L stop. This tiny, slender spot seats guests side by side along one wall and in the warmer months has a great little back patio illuminated by Christmas lights at night. This place is best known for its $10 burger with chopped pickles, onions, and special sauce (it's charred miso aioli, shhh) on a toasted sesame bun. The pillowy, beer-battered broccoli is equally delicious, as is the palace fried chicken on a roll. Stop by for brunch to savor unique menu items like the Spicy Crab Cake Omelet and the Morning Beer, which is house-made kombucha with Founders IPA.
This Astoria burger joint draws customers from all five burroughs. It's just that good.
Don't let the bizarre name throw you, it's one of the oldest and most celebrated bars/restos in the city, and it was even designated as an official landmark of New York City.
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.
This Justin Smillie and Stephen Starr-hemled spot in Murray Hill is named after the California town where Smilie was born, and offers decadent fare like ricotta gnudi and Block Island swordfish with walnut cream & puntarelle.
Headed up by a former Blue Ribbon chef, Sidecar's narrow, dimmed space is designed to look like an old railroad dining car, with a room-long bar for relentless imbibing, and leather padded booths for intimate gluttony.
This West Village bar pairs Florida and California resort vibes with burgers, grilled cheese, root beer floats, and cocktails of all shapes and sizes, from the Sugar Shack with salted maple syrup, vermouth, soda, and Jamaican rum to classics like the Sazerac. The kicker here is that you can pick the booze that your cocktail is made with.
This Rockaway Beach pizzeria serves pies (no slices) piled with toppings, like prosciutto or classic tomatoes and mozzarella. Also, Whit's serves incredible burgers baked in the pizza oven and topped with cheese and jalapeno jam.
They opened their doors in 1884 and have survived huge landscape changes over the years. But one thing is for sure, they have been serving up inventive food and drinks for over a 100 years and are still going strong.
This NYC chain has an impressive lot of exotic burgers (bison, elk, duck, ostrich, wild boar, black bean, and classic beef). Even better? You get to make the burger yourself!
This SoHo resto and bar has a fantastic raw bar, but that's just the tasty tip of the this culinary iceberg that doles out a whole slew of seafood favorites.
This retro bar has something on all the other West Village dives you've been too: great burgers. The Bistro Burger is no frills, served with American cheese and crispy bacon-- perfect to wash down with a few McSorleys.
The sole option at the 86th St pavilion, Rippers is from the folks at Roberta's and the Meat Hook (who're supplying the proteins), and backs up its slogan of "Titties & Beer" with Summery cans of Sweet Action and…burgers (?) like the double-decker Hardbody (cheese, 'kraut, jalapeno...), a juice/smoothie bar pumping out the avo/coconut water/cuke/agave Dreamcatcher, and live music.
This New York institution (opened in 1887) is specifically known for its old-school, impeccable waitstaff and its sizzling, perfectly cooked, buttery porterhouse. The wine list sticks to a strict but to-the-point number of options that pair perfectly with the dishes, and the lunchtime hamburger -- a mix of ground chuck and trimmings from the aged steaks -- is simply something you can't get anywhere else.
Situated in Greenwich Village, the Minetta Tavern boasts a classic oak bar, vintage photos on the walls, and a supremely delicious burger (amongst other menu items).
Veggie burgers that will go head-to-head with their meat-based counterparts.
Did the last burger chain you dined at have tuna tataki wontons drizzled with eel sauce? Or anything drizzled with eel sauce, for that matter? Didn't think so. You could do a lot worse than 5 Napkin's Original, a 10oz patty topped with gruyere, caramelized onions, and rosemary aioli or the Avocado Ranch with pepperjack cheese and guac. But you won't have to.
Grindhaus is slinging some above-average, meat-inspired dishes, like their Piccole Borsa ("little pockets") filled with lamb neck and ragu.
Dram Shop serves up super-solid burgers -- large, tasty, grass-fed behemoths with melted American, chopped onions, lettuce, and tomato on a nicely toasted sesame bun.
A classic NYC diner serving up delicious burgers.
This tiny spot with an Aussie inspired menu is worth squeezing into. Avo-toast, awesome burgers topped with beets & pineapple, and even vegemite are included on the menu -- but you might want to skip the vegemite.
Pop’s isn’t the place you go to get a high-concept burger, or even the place to request how you want your meat cooked. You’re just getting a Pop’s Burger, and you’re going to like it, because there’s really not much to dislike. It’s cheesy and greasy, with grilled onions, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato, and house-made pickles. The Pop’s Burger is basically the comfort blanket of NYC burgers -- cheap, reliable, and good
This rustic resto's dishing farm-to-table eats so you know you're getting fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Additionally, the bar's mixologists are whipping up pre-prohibition-themed 'tails using house-made bitters and fresh fruit.
Lauded by many as the best burger in Williamsburg, the grilled burger on brioche at this tiny Northside spot is super juicy, perfectly cooked, and just the right size. It comes with pickles and lettuce, and it's really in your best interest to round the whole thing out with added Gouda and crispy bacon.