Best Burgers in New York
New York has lots of options when it comes to finding good burgers. It’s not always appreciated, but making a good burger is a real craft. Of course, the best burgers can be found in New York. Here is a list of my top five best burgers in NYC:
Five Napkin Burger
Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to burgers but this one pops up on every top 5 and is my #1 pick. Five Napkin Burger is a burger restaurant where you can also order sushi and other dishes. Perfect when you’re dining with someone who wants to eat healthy, while the other wants the best burger in New York.
The best burger at this restaurant is the Original Five Napkin Burger. On this burger, there is special cheese and sauce. It is a big, heavy-duty burger, which not everyone can finish. The French fries are hit-or-miss, but usually good.
Price of the burger: $16
Location: Multiple, but the real spot is in midtown west, not far from Times Square.Eric’s Tip: Between 18:15 and 21:00, there is usually a waiting time of an hour or more. in addition, if you go between noon and 13:00, you’ll probably be in a long queue, so take this into account. At this restaurant, you will find delicious food in a nice atmosphere, but it’s always crowded.
This burger restaurant is really a bar. Don’t expect fancy cutlery, plates, and glasses and don’t be surprised if there is a long queue. The best burger here is the Bistro Burger which has cheddar cheese and bacon. The burger is not too heavy, but big enough. The French fries here are always very deep fried.
Price of the burger: $12.75
Location: Between Chelsea and Meatpacking District
Website: Corner BistroEric’s Tip: This is definitely something that you must try, at least once. It’s a fun place for lunch but not really for dinner. The wait for lunch can sometimes take up to 30 minutes. This is also a nice spot to drink a beer at the bar. This bar accepts cash only and no credit cards.
In the super-deluxe Le Parker Meridien hotel, there is a hidden gem. Walk through the lobby and just to the left of reception, you will see a narrow corridor. You’ll be surprised by what you see! What looks like a burger hang-out for “students”. Burger Joint has an underground atmosphere and looks as if you’re in a cave, but the burgers are oh-so-good. The best is the cheeseburger with “All the Works”. This is truly an experience and definitely a fun location. Burger Joint is good for lunch or a snack but don’t go there for a romantic night out.
Price of the burger: $9.42
Location: Midtown Manhattan, near Central Park and Columbus Circle.
Website: Burger JointEric’s Tip: Don’t ask too much here. If you do not know what you want to order, then wait before getting in line. Their motto is, “If you don’t see it [on the menu], then we don’t have it.” There are always long waiting times, throughout the day here. I have had the most success between 15:00 and 17:00.
Shake Shack is known for their amazing milkshakes, as well as their amazingly long queues. They have many locations throughout New York. My advice? Avoid the one on 8th Avenue, it’s always packed. Instead, head to any of the locations outside Midtown. However, if you want the ultimate experience, go to their original restaurant at Madison Square Park. Expect to wait. If you’re just going for a milkshake, make use of the ‘C-Line’ where you can skip the regular queue. In addition, if they ask ‘Do you want it malted?’ Say YES! Isn’t this a burger top 5? Indeed, their burgers aren’t bad either. Get the Shack Burger.
Price of the burger: $5.50
Location: Multiple, Madison Square Park is the most famous
Website: Shake ShackEric’s Tip: Although you may think it’s crazy that people queue up so long for a shake or burger, believe me, it’s worth it! A wait of 15 to 30 minutes is really good. In the summertime, it’s always busy, the best time to go then is before noon. When the weather is colder, it’s not as busy in the evenings. A small shake is more than enough as they are quite rich. Personally, I always share mine.
Maialino in Gramercy Park Hotel
Maialino in the Gramercy Park Hotel is my wildcard. It’s not officially a burger restaurant. In-fact, the one burger they do serve is only available on the lunch menu! The burger is tasty; with gorgonzola, bacon and red onion. The atmosphere in Maialino is unpretentious and cosy but can get busy. It is also the perfect place to end an evening, ( go after a musical) – or even to start one! There’s a prestigious club in the Gramercy Park Hotel and it’s hot. Ladies in designer heels, arriving in limos, you get the picture. If you don’t get in, don’t worry. Neither did I.
Price of the burger: $21
Location: Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Avenue
EXTRA! Category: Sliders. The STK Slider.
Sliders are mini burgers. You often find them on the menu at sports, or other places that serve finger food. However STK restaurant in New York has absolutely the best sliders in the whole country. This fancy, trendy restaurant, where many celebrities dine, serves starter sliders called “Little Big Macs” on the appetizer menu. They are out-of-this-world delicious! STK is an expensive steak house, located in Meatpacking District. The Little Big Macs cost $20 for two, however, they are big enough to share. The rest of the menu is certainly not cheap, but if you are looking for a place to celebrity spot, it’s worth a visit.
Price of the slider: $10 each, but two are served per portion.
Location: Meatpacking District