Hungry for a Burger? New York’s Best.

October 29, 2009 § 2 Comments

In July 2009 New York Magazine published “The Burger Register: New York’s 82 Most Notable Burgers.” Which got me thinking.  Only in New York could there be 82 restaurants/bistros/burger stands with notable burgers, thereby implying that there are hundreds of other spots with very decent burgers.  The bottom line: even the short list is long.

Here are 5 of my favorites.  Maybe they’ll help narrow the field when you have a craving for a big, juicy all-beef patty.

The Spotted Pig Serves a thick, chargrilled burger with roquefort cheese and roasted onion, and shoestring french fries.  Cut it in half and savor every bite.  $17

Shake Shack This is the city’s version of the “roadside” burger stand.  My pick is the cheeseburger with krinkle fries.  Although, their chocolate shake is hard to resist.  $4.25 (single), $6.75 (double)

Rare Bar & Grill You won’t be disappointed by Rare’s 100% American “Grade A” chuck beef  burgers, ground and freshly prepared daily.  I tend to stick to their standard cheeseburger served with Murray’s cheese, preferably Swiss.  P/A, burgers start at $15.

Pastis I happen to like most things at Pastis, and their burgers are no exception.  I order mine with cheese and mushrooms.  And, being a bistro, the fries are a must.  $15 (burger), $16 (cheeseburger)

BLT Burger From the Bistro Laurent Tourondel restaurant empire comes a Greenwich Village burger joint.  The setting is casual and the burgers, well, that’s their game.  They serve 100% Certified Black Angus Beef.  My choice is the Great Hills Blue, a 7-oz burger served with Great Hills blue cheese, balsamic caramelized onion and mushrooms, $12.  Classic burger, 5-oz, $9,  Turkey burger, $8.

** A New York Burger Update: Time Out New York just published its “Essential New York” lists, “The city’s must-haves, as determined by us and essential NYC celebs.”  TONY went to a serious group of local foodies (Tom Colicchio, Frank Bruni, Pat LaFrieda, etc.) to come up with their votes for “The essential New York burger.” Check it out.

Oh, yes, and eat well.


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