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 the top five best burgers in NYC:
Five Napkin Burger
Everyone has their own opinion, but this restaurant is on everyone’s top 5 list and is my #1 pick. Five Napkin Burger is a burger restaurant where you can also order sushi and other dishes, which is perfect when you are 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 called 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.
Location: Multiple, but the real spot is in midtown west of Manhattan, not far from Times Square.Eric’s Tip: “Between 18:15 and 21:00, there is usually a waiting time of one hour or more. Additionally, if you go between noon and 13:00, you’ll probably have to wait, so take this into account. At this restaurant, you will find delicious food in a nice atmosphere, but it is always crowded.”
This burger restaurant is really a bar. Do not expect fancy cutlery, plates, and glasses. Don’t be surprised if there is a long queue. The best burger here is the Bistro Burger. This is a burger with cheddar cheese and bacon. The burger is not too heavy, but big enough. The French fries here are always very deep-fried.
Location: Between Chelsea and the 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 only cash and no credit cards.”
Peak NYC is a restaurant located on the 101st floor of 30 Hudson Yards. This is one floor above Edge Observation Deck. In addition to a beautiful view, you can enjoy a delicious burger here. The American Wagyu Burger has smoked bacon, dijonaise, and cheddar on it. The burger is only served at lunchtime and can be a little on the pricey side, but along with the breathtaking view, it’s totally worth it.
Location: Hudson Yards
Shake Shack is known for its amazing milkshakes and their amazingly long queues. They have many locations throughout New York. My advice? Avoid the one on 8th Avenue, and it’s always very busy. Head to any of the locations outside of Midtown. However, if you want the ultimate experience then go to their first location at Madison Square Park. Expect to wait. If you just want to have a milkshake then make use of their C-Line to skip the regular line. And 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.
Location: Multiple, Madison Square Park most famous
Website: Shake ShackEric’s Tip: “Although you think it’s crazy for people to wait so long for a shake or burger, it’s worth it! If you see a queue of around 15 to 30 minutes, it’s a good time to go. In the summertime, it is always busy, but not really before noon. When the weather is colder, it is not as busy in the evening. A small shake is more than enough because the shakes are quite rich. Personally, I always share my shake.”
In the super deluxe Thompson Central Park hotel, there is a hidden gem. Walk through the lobby and just left of the reception, you will see a narrow corridor. You will be surprised by what you see! You will end up in a burger hang-out for “students”. Burger Joint has an underground atmosphere and it will look as if you’re in a cave, but the burgers are oh-so-good. The best burger is the cheeseburger with “All the Works” (which means everything on it). This is truly an experience and definitely a fun surprise to find. Burger Joint is good for lunch or a snack, but not a romantic night out.
Location: Midtown Manhattan, near Central Park, Moynihan Train Hall and BrooklynEric’s Tip: “Don’t ask too much here. If you do not know what you want to order, then wait before getting in line. Don’t ask them if they have anything. Their motto is, “If you don’t see it [on the menu], then we don’t have it.” There are always long waits throughout the day to eat here. I have had the most success between 15:00 and 17:00.”
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