Friday, September 30, 2005
Best Burgers in NYC
"Not that good hamburgers can't be found in NYC, but it's just not a hamburger town."
The K-man is wrong (hey, it happens occasionally).
Not only are there great burgers in NYC, this is a burger town. While Chicago is a hot dog town, and Cleveland/Detroit/Milwuakee are bratwurst/sausage towns, this is definitely a burger type of burgh. (That's the dichotomy: Burgers or Dogs).
Because there are so many great restaurants in this city, you don't think of it as a burger town -- but it is. Its also a great steak town, as well as a great Italian / French / Chinese / Sushi / nouvelle / wings / BBQ / Kosher town. But between Dogs and Burgers, its a Burger town.
Here's my list of best Burgers in NYC:
Corner Bistro (My personal favorite)
331 W. Fourth St. (Jane St.)
Peter Luger Steak House (They use the tail of the porterhouse -- outstanding beef)
178 Broadway (Driggs Ave.)
burger joint at Le Parker Meridien (ask the concierge -- its hidden in the back)
119 W. 56th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.)
J.G. Melon (excellent!)
1291 Third Ave. (74th St.)
Spotted Pig (also excellent -- but no decor and tight quarters)
314 W. 11th St. (Greenwich St.)
McHales Burgers (cheap and huge)
750 Eighth Ave. (46th St.)
Island Burgers (This is a subgroup's favorite -- but be aware: no fries)
766 Ninth Ave. (bet. 51st & 52nd Sts.)
Prime Grill (high end restaurant, with very good - and reasonably priced -- Burgers)
60 E. 49th St. (bet. Madison & Park Aves.)
Rare Bar & Grill (try the frickle!)
303 Lexington Ave. (37th St.)
Last, I've never been to the new spinout from Luger's -- Ben & Jack's -- but given Lugers great burgers, its gotta be good!
Ben & Jack's Steakhouse
219 E. 44th St. (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
Manhattan, NY 10017
Since Ben & Jack's is around the corner from my office (Chrysler Building), I'll check it out soon and report back.
But of this entire list, nothing beats the Corner Bistro . . .
UPDATE: September 30, 2005 7:56am
I've kept chains off of the list, hence, no Jackson Hole, Better Burger or Hamburger Heaven; But if I missed any seriously great burgers, do let me know and I'll check 'em out, and if found worthy, add them to the list.
Anyone who steers me to a terrific burger joint I've never been to -- as good as the average on the above list -- gets a free meal there (on me).
UPDATE: October 14, 2005 1:16pm
Some have pointed to GoodBurger as a possible addition to the list. I had lunch at the aptly named GoodBurger today:
The Good: Flame grilled, nice flavor, juicy.
The Bad: Smallish Burger left me somewhat hungry, the burger itself was undercooked (Rare was on the tartare side), and the french fries were non-descript
Bottom line: A good, not great burger.
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