New York Burgers
Must-Have Mid-Day Meals

New York City is a place that is as celebrated for its street vendors as it is for its five-star restaurants. So when it comes to America's most celebrated sandwich––the hamburger––you can bet there's no shortage of options to suit any budget or taste. From dive-bars in Greenwich Village that stack their toppings sky-high to French bistros that swap out ketchup and mustard for black truffle and foie gras, burgers are holding their own in The Big Apple.
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Multiple Locations: Roll Up Your Sleeves

It’s rare that a single dish ascends from the menu to the marquee. But the 5 napkin burger at Nice Martin was so popular, the owners gave it its own address. These 10-ounce fresh ground chuck patties keep the napkin industry afloat with help from Gruyere, caramelized onions, and rosemary aioli.

Clinton: Lunch with Friends

Tucked away inside the distinguished Le Parker Meridien hotel, Burger Joint's 1970's-rec-room-esque décor makes it feel much more like a comfy dive than a posh destination. The menu makes ordering simple, offering little more than milkshakes, tap beers, and the burgers, voted "best in New York" by Zagat.

West Village: Sliders

As a child, Joey Campanaro spent hours in his grandmother’s kitchen, hand rolling meatballs and simmering them in homemade sauce. The practice paid off––today, he serves nearly 1,000 of his gravy meatball sliders a week. Made from a blend of beef, veal, and pork, they even made Food and Wine’s list of best sliders in the U.S.

West Village: A New York Original

Billed as "the last of the bohemian bars in West Greenwich Village", this iconic eatery's minimal menu remains almost as unchanged as its décor. “If you call yourself a New Yorker,” warns, “consider it your civic duty to have a beer and a burger here at least once.”

Flatiron: Sustainable Sustenance

Beneath a canopy of trees, Shake Shack’s Madison Square Park kiosk offers serenity with a side of fries. The beef comes from 100% vegetarian-fed, humanely-raised cattle, while the shack itself is made from recycled and sustainable materials and offsets 100% of its electric usage through wind power and renewable energy certificates.

East Village: Rustic Charm, Refined Burgers

With an atmosphere that seems to blend a dive bar with an olde-world blacksmith shop, it's no wonder the burgers manage to mix both style and substance. Hunker down with a tap beer and bite into the French Canadian, crowned with foie gras, maple glazed bacon, and Vermont cheddar.

Multiple Locations: Veggie-Friendly

At 67 Burger, vegetarians can choose between a soy-based veggie burger made with whole vegetables or a flame-grilled marinated tofu patty. But the choices don’t end there. A laundry list of toppings ranging from shaved parmesan to crispy artichokes helps ensure the meatless eats are anything but cookie-cutter.

Williamsburg: Post-Midnight Meal

Considering DuMont Burger dishes out their New York Times-lauded burgers until 2 a.m. daily, it goes without saying that this casual Williamsburg spot is a logical after-bar choice. But the beer and cocktail menu––which gives equal attention to craft cocktails and spiked milkshakes––begs the question: why not just start here?

Midtown Center: An Elevated Classic

Renowned chef Daniel Boulud fuses French and American cuisine in this reinterpreted European bistro. Though soft lighting highlights the dining rooms’ 20th century European décor, the DB burger steals the spotlight—it’s filled with braised short ribs, foie gras, and black truffle and served with a side of pommes frites.