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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 Jr. Restaurant167 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
April Bloomfield's West Village restaurant and bar is a fan-favorite among celebrities and neighborhood residents alike, known for its delicious 1/2lb roquefort burgers and pillowy ricotta gnocchi. The Spotted Pig also offers unique brunch and bar snack menus that feature anything from new twists on classic dishes to seasonal items. Make sure to get here early, because it fills up fast and will stay crowded until closing.
This East Village gastropub specializes in some of New York's favorite things: American comfort food, small plates, and weekend brunch. While regulars love it for its insanely delicious steakhouse burger (topped with cheese and caramelized onions), the specials menu is not to be overlooked.
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!
One of New York's best and most classic burgers can be found at this old-school American pub that's been an Upper East Side institution since 1972. The kitschy melon decor pairs perfectly with any item displayed on the wooden menu board, but again, you'd be remiss not to order the beautifully simplistic burger. Around dinner time you can expect a line, but don't fret, J.G. Melon stays open late into the night.
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.
Dim with dingy charm and the occasional dog panting in the window, you’d never know you were in Soho while in Fanelli's, when in fact you’re just a few paces off Broadway. of the city’s greatest old-school burgers (the spot's been around since 1847!). You've got a choice between beef and bison, but you should opt for the rich and thick char-grilled bison on an onion roll. Add cheese or bacon if you please, but there’s nothing wrong with just a regular burger here (alongside a pint, of course).
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.
More than a century ago, this SoHo watering hole was a hotspot for sailors waiting for their ships to dock. The Ear Inn is a designated landmark of the City of New York, and the cheeseburger is a designated bar burger of the City of New York (designated by Thrillist, of course). This prime sirloin number topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion is something you absolutely have to check off your NYC burger bucket list, whether you're from here or not. It’s big, it’s juicy, and it goes perfectly with a pint.
Famous for its rendition on the Juicy Lucy -- a burger with a cheese-stuffed meat patty, for you amateur gluttons -- Whitmans delivers on the American Dream with seriously indulgent burgers and rich sides like deep-fried crack kale, fried pickles, and sweet potato fries. The ground-floor counter service is grab-and-go, but the downstairs dining area offers a more intimate and leisurely setting in which to court your peanut butter-bacon burger.
Consistently one of the city's best and most reliable fine-dining destinations, Stephen Starr's California-inspired restaurant hits a lot of boxes: a huge, comfy booth-filled dining room with lots of West Coast vibes; a menu that offers great pizza, excellent pasta, and a perfect burger; a fairly affordable, and varied wine list; and the right to boast that even Obama has dined there.
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.
Brace yourself: there is no actual happy hour at The Happiest Hour. But don’t fret, the Happiest Burger more than makes up for it (really). The double-patty, double-cheese, California-style burger is better than an In-N-Out Double Double, with a similar Russian dressing to the West Coast fast-food fave. 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, half the fun is picking the booze that your cocktail is made with. But if you don't feel like making decisions, try the staple Frozen Painkiller: in a twist on the Tiki classic, rum is paired with crème de Pêche de Vigne liqueur, coconut, lime, and orange juices. One will not be enough. But two might be.
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.
A New York institution, P.J. Clarke's has delivered on the fancy cheeseburger promise since 1884. And while Midtown in the new millennia no longer projects late-20th century old money glam, the venue continues to maintain a setting of demure class. Come for the bacon cheeseburgers, stay for the exemplary cocktails.
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!
Every part of Top Chef Camille Becerra's '40s-themed fish bar is highly considered, from the beautifully plated small eats, like tuna crudo and crispy yams, to the 51-seater's military-themed decor, which features various odds and ends inspired by Maritime World War II.
From the outside, Corner Bistro seems like an unassuming dive, but step inside this iconic NYC establishment, which touts itself as one of "the last of the bohemian bars" in West Village, and you'll find plenty of local charm. A timeless NYC tavern and dive, Corner Bistro is renowned for its burgers; piled high with juicy beef, crispy bacon and melted American cheese, they're tasty, satisfying, and affordable.
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, Minetta Tavern boasts a classic oak bar, vintage photos on the walls, and supremely delicious burgers (amongst other menu items). Its Black Label Burger has quite the reputation -- it's an 8oz blend of Pat LaFrieda prime dry-aged beef, cooked until there's a nice, light crust on top, then dressed with caramelized onions on a custom brioche bun.
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.
Well worth the trek to Red Hook, Grindhaus is slinging some above-average, meat-inspired dishes, like their Piccole Borsa ("little pockets") filled with lamb neck and ragu. The place is small and warmly lit and offers a frequently changing menu, but one of the mainstays is their dark, crusty homemade bread. Don't be shy when ordering, for the portions are fairly small and sharing is encouraged. We don't see this as a bad thing, because it means you get to taste more of Grindhaus' awesome offerings.
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.
The epitome of a greasy spoon establishment, this corner diner in Gramercy serves typical American eats and all-day breakfast dishes. The kitchen lives up to its storefront's promise of all-beef burgers, steaks, chops, and seafood because Joe Junior serves a classic, diner-style cheeseburger that ranks among the city's best. The place feels just right with worn formica countertops, retro diner stools, and well-used bottles of ketchup.
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.
This bare-bones Williamsburg restaurant is celebrated for its sandwiches (the steak & cheese is excellent), but its claim to fame is the burgers, which are made from a blend of beef and chorizo, cooked to juicy perfection, and served on brioche buns. It's a small cash-only spot, so plan ahead.
This casual restaurant in Crown Heights is an everyday staple for upscale but unpretentious American food. It's the type of place you go when you're craving a burger, a solid cocktail, or just the company of your neighbors. The seasonal menu is always changing but expect trendy and satisfying plates like fried oysters, kale salad, and a loaded gem of a burger. Mayfield's brunch is a hit for its egg dishes, sweet bites (brioche French toast, how you doin'?), and that aforementioned burger.