Where to Have the Very Best Burgers in NYC

New York City is one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People visit the city from all corners of the globe to sample the decadent food, whether it’s fresh seafood, the perfect NY strip steak, delicious cheesecake, pizza or a trendy new kind of vegetarian dish. You can find it all here at any time of day or night. But some of the best food in NYC is also the simplest. The hamburger is not just a boring menu staple anymore — it has become the highlight dish at many old-school pubs and fancy cocktail bars alike. While it’s hard to select the very BEST burgers in all of New York City, here are a few that really stand out for a variety of reasons.

Shake Shack

Both locals and tourists flock to the various Shake Shack locations in the city to stand in long lines waiting for the notoriously delicious burger. For one, it’s only $5 for a single patty — super cheap by New York standards. It is also simple and superb. Cooked exactly right every time, the quality of meat is much higher than regular fast food standards, but it still has that wonderfully sinful combo of grease and gooey cheese that make fast food taste so delicious. Go on a sunny day to enjoy your meal outside at one of the outdoor dining tables!
Multiple locations

Corner Bistro

The Bistro Burger is the quintessential New York dive bar burger. It’s perfect for an after-work stopover, and you’ll love sitting in the famous bar and sipping on an ice-cold McSorley’s beer while you wait for the kitchen staff to grill it up in back. It’s a simple 8 oz. of beef cooked medium-well with American cheese and crispy bacon stacked on top. Served with pickles on a paper plate, it is the best way to end a long work day.
331 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014

Five Leaves

This elegant Greenpoint restaurant is a hipster enclave with a perfect location on the edge of McCarren Park. Slide into one of the booths and order a cocktail and the amazing Five Leaves Burger, which is a grass-fed beef patty topped with fried pineapple, house pickled beets, harissa mayo and sunny-side-up egg — just the way that Australians love to do it. With a choice of salad or fries, there’s nothing this burger plate lacks!
• 18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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JG Melon

JG Melon is one of the city’s oldest and most famous pubs. Located on the Upper East Side, the restaurant is a city classic that has weathered reviews from the best burger critics in the world. It consists of a griddled, hearty beef blend topped with American cheese on a slightly toasted, soft potato bun and a side of cottage fries. Slap on some pickles, lettuce and tomato, and you have the near-perfect bar burger.
• 89 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

Bar Sardine

Bar Sardine is a tiny West Village spot that is perfect for a first date. They serve up the Fedora Burger, named after owner Gabe Stulman’s other restaurant a few doors down. It is definitely one of the city’s most delicious and interesting burgers, comprised of a juicy Pat LaFrieda patty topped with smoked Cheddar cheese and BBQ mayo. It creates a flavor that is both savory and sweet and comes with crispy shoestring fries to add a little crunch to the plate. Be sure to wander into this location on W. 10th Street next time you’re in the city.
183 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

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