You may already know that I am a huge burger aficionado. I know exactly how I like my burgers done, and I have found quite a few spots that do them just right. No longer relegated to fast food chains, burgers have been appearing on the menus of some of New York’s most famous restaurants, often with a creative twist. Now that there are so many great options, every New Yorker has a different opinion on where to find the best burger in town. I’ve put together a list of my favorite New York City burger spots and although I prefer my burgers medium rare with American cheese, I’ve included the most popular burgers on their menu. Let me know what you think and tell me if there is another NYC burger I need to check out.
406 E 9th St
b/t East 9th St & Avenue A
My favorite of all, Whitmans is one of the few places in NYC where you can get a “Juicy Lucy,” a Midwestern specialty consisting of two thin beef patties pinched together surrounding a scoop of pimento cheddar cheese. The result is a molten core of cheese oozing with every bite – the burger even comes with a warning that the center may be very hot. This $12 burger, made from a short rib blend and locally sourced ingredients, is topped with caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, spicy pickles, and a special sauce.
667 5th Ave
b/t 19th St & 20th St
South Slope, Brooklyn
The Korzo “Fried” burger doesn’t come in a bun – instead, it’s wrapped in “a fine bread made according to an old Slovak family recipe” and then deep fried. The “Original” is made from a 10-ounce patty and topped with apple-smoked bacon, Emmentaller cheese, and house-made mustard. Variations include beets, gouda, and an assortment of other ingredients, but the Original, at $16, is the most popular burger on the menu.
277 E 10th St
b/t Avenue A & 1st Ave
East Village, Alphabet City
This East Village spot serves a burger made from prime aged beef trimmings and deckle, the second, fattier cut of brisket. The cheese options are cheddar, Gruyère, and blue cheese, but the chef recommends cheddar. This $15 burger is served on a simple white bun, allowing the flavorful patty to be the focus. Topped with caramelized onions and served with a side of fries, Brindle Room’s burger is best cooked medium for maximum juiciness.
b/t Driggs Ave & 6th St
Peter Luger may be a popular spot for dinner, but I highly recommend stopping in for lunch to try their burger. The dry-aged patty is topped with raw onion, melted American cheese, and a ¾-inch-thick slice of bacon. This burger is served daily until 3:45pm and is best enjoyed with minimal toppings.
113 Macdougal St
Minetta Tavern’s Black Label Burger is often cited as the best burger in New York. The patty is made from a selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts, and comes with a price tag of $28. While the recipe remains a guarded secret, New Yorkers have been singing the praises of this burger, served on a brioche bun and topped with caramelized onions, since Minetta Tavern opened in 2009.