Enjoy a Big Feed in the Big Apple!
New York City! The Big Apple! Gateway to the World! The City That Never Sleeps! There really is no city in the world quite like NYC. It has seen the best and worst of human civilization. From the countless millions who came through Ellis Island seeking a new and better life to the glitz and glamor of Broadway, from the spectacular highs of its cultural dominance in the American psyche as a can-do place of aspirations and dreams to the heartbreaking, horrific lows of the “day of fire” that was 9/11.
If you’re looking for something, whatever your tastes, you’ll find it in NYC. And for someone visiting, the whole ‘bright lights, big city’ feel of the place is quite something to behold, not to mention utterly unforgettable. Sure, some other holiday locations have better natural beauty, but nothing beats the New York atmosphere!
But all that sightseeing is sure to give you an appetite, and what better meal to have in NYC than a burger, the staple of the American diet! In the city that never sleeps, you’ll find countless burger joints all over, catering to every taste and price tag, from greasy street vendor burgers to high-end burgers served in beautiful and elegant surroundings, there’s literally something for every and all tastes.
So, to that effect, in this article we’ll list some of the most recommended burger eateries in the Big Apple for you to consider on your next trip.
Grab the ketchup and mayo and let’s go…
One of the most popular and esteemed burger bars in NYC, Emily’s is actually primarily known for its delicious pizzas but also serves probably the best burgers you’ll find in the Five Boroughs.
Situated in two locations – with slightly different menus – Emily’s has a cozy vibe that is both intimate and buzzing, with dark wood and brick decor. Small though it may be, this place packs a punch far above its weight and you may have to get in line when ordering, such is its popularity.
Its most-requested burger, by far, is the Emmy. Dry-aged beef topped with caramelized onions and cheese in a pretzel bun. The Brooklyn location has Grafton cheese on its
Emmy and served with a side order of fries while the West Village location features the famed Double Stack burger with American cheese and side order of waffle fries.
2. Peter Luger Steak House
An iconic presence in the New York restaurant scene for many years, this Michelin Star-awarded eaterie is one of the very best burger bars in the city, although diners should note that burgers are only a part of the daily lunchtime menu, so plan accordingly.
The decor of Peter Luger is that of an elegant, upscale premises which also features a German alehouse for authenticity.
Their signature burger is the Luger burger, featuring dry-aged beef served only with a slice of raw onion. Sounds simple enough but has to be tasted to be experienced. One bite of this bad boy will make you a believer for sure!
3. Corner Bistro
Sometimes you don’t want upmarket elegance but rather just a good ol’ classic greasy burger to clog your arteries with! And at Corner Bistro, you’ll not only get that but also one of the finest tasting burgers you’ll get anywhere!
Its no-frills, wooden bench and bar interior decor is functional but cozy, remaining unchanged since opening.
But its simplicity and familiarity that its loyal customers enjoy. That and its famed Bistro burger, an 8 oz beef patty topped with bacon, cheese, and every condiment you can imagine. Its reputation as the best burger in town precedes it and we think you’ll agree.
4. 7th Street Burger
With so much to see in NYC, sometimes you may not have time to sit in a restaurant, you might prefer to eat on the go. And in such a scenario, you’ll get no better takeaway burger than at the 7th Street Burger joint.
Available only as a takeaway or delivery, the burgers are absolutely worth waiting in line for. Chief among them is the Impossible Burger, Beef patty smashed flat with a spatula, topped with sweet onions, melted American cheese, and their own patented house sauce.
For a burger on the go, you’ll not find better than these guys!
5. P.J. Clarke’s
No summation of the best burgers in the Big Apple would be complete without the legendary P.J. Clarke’s, a restaurant frequented by public and celebrities alike.
Mixing an old-school dive bar vibe with upscale decor, P.J.’s offers a refreshing new take on traditional American food that is hard to beat and impossible to resist.
The Cadillac burger is the royale of all burgers served in the entire state, with juicy, mouth watering beef patties served with cheese, pickles, double-smoked bacon, and secret sauce. You’ll never want another burger but this one, take our word for it!
And that’s that! We hope we’ve given you some food for thought (literally!) for your next trip to NYC. Bon appetit!