The Best Burgers in NYC
1. PETER LUGER (WILLIAMSBURG)
THE quintessential burger, only available at lunchtime. Close your eyes; picture a no frills burger from heaven with the most savory meat imaginable; open your eyes; you're at Peter Luger and it's around 1pm; you'll spend of the rest of your day in a blissful digestive state. Peter Luger opened in 1887 - they know what they're doing. Bonus: the fries are fried in lard.
2. VIRGINIA'S (EAST VILLAGE)
Welcome to savory heaven. Pre-2018, you'd have to sit at the bar to enjoy this delicacy. But management clearly woke up and now offers it to all patrons. It doesn't hurt that the fries are crispy and delicious.
3. RAOUL'S (SOHO)
Peppery goodness will wow you in one of New York City's classic French bistros.
4. THE SPOTTED PIG (WEST VILLAGE)
No comment on anything but the burg, which is fantastic and paired well with dynamic string fries. If you don't like blue cheese, this burger won't be for you :( .
5. DINER (WILLIAMSBURG)
You can draw on the paper tablecloth, #enoughsaid, except really this burger is fantastic, fries are nice and crispy plus they give you mayo with them.
6. EMILY (CLINTON HILL)
They'll always say they need to check if the burger is "available" - which is a little pretentious but you better hope it is in stock. It's a refined, delicious burg. The sauce and pretzel bun will take you straight to burger nirvana. They also serve wonderful pizza - so at least there's an ok plan b.
7. LONG ISLAND BAR (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Savory, greasy as hell and the double patty will blow ur mind. +1 for the meaty, sour side pickle. +1 for the crispy fries. +1 for being at one of the best bars in Brooklyn.
8. RED HOOK TAVERN (RED HOOK)
A thick, high quality patty is truly impressive. The huge fries will leave you a bit disappointed there aren't more. If you like thicker patties, go here instead of Long Island Bar.
9. MINETTA TAVERN (GREENWICH VILLAGE)
Really good, but also overrated by the Infatuation et al. Take a friend, get both burgs and split lol.
10. THE SPANIARD (WEST VILLAGE)
Classy establishment with upscale bar food and a kickass burger. Trust us.
11. BOILERMAKER (EAST VILLAGE)
No frills burg plus their unique sauce - one of the least expensive burgs on this list (starting at $8).
12. SHAKE SHACK (GLOBAL CHAIN)
Sure, it's a "chain", but they also know how to serve a good burg. Known to us as the “gateway burg” (e.g. blue moon : beer :: shake shack :: burgs) (PS: smoke shack is rlly good) (PPS: we’ve tried In&Out and it’s not as good #shotsfired).
13. BLACK IRON BURGER (NY CHAIN)
Small chain, decent options, fully satisfies a burger fix.
14. RUBY'S (SOHO)
Australian spot w/ a bunch of burg options. Meh!
15. BAREBURGER (LOCAL CHAIN)
Chain with organic bent and a lot of options.
16. WHITMAN'S (EAST VILLAGE)
Lot of selection, but selection don’t make a burg taste any better; would rather be at Shake Shack. We didn't go for the exploding cheese feature.
Our Proprietary Seven Patty Rating System
We rate each burger on a scale from one (1) to seven (7) patties. This seven point rating system allows us flexibility that the big boys, based on a primitive 5-point scale (see: Yelp), cannot match. We also allow half patty ratings, so technically this is a 14 point scale. We then stack rank the burgers we consume from there. This system is backed by science and based on years of research (pronounced “risurch”).
OUR RATINGS, DESCRIBED
7 patties: our highest award (for now). Clear your schedule and eat this burg.
6 patties: if this restaurant hands you a cute postcard with your check, you'll immediately ask for more so you can mail everyone you know about this burg.
5 patties: you'd bring someone you're not interested in anymore on a date here just so you could eat this burg again.
4 patties: a very good burger. Your friend from a small city (e.g. Lancaster, PA) would rate this "the best thing they've ever eaten."
3 patties: "I coulda made this at home!" - you.
2 patties: eat if you must, it's not dangerous but it's also not too tasy.
1 patty: run for the damn hills.