Whether you’re after an old school, diner-style patty or a towering haute burger with all the trimmings, you’ll find it in New York City. All manner of beef and buns are served up here, with an abundance of restaurants, pop-ups and takeaways putting their own unique spin on the beloved burger. When you’re next in town, swing by one of these tasty joints for some of the best burgers in New York.

5 Napkin Burger 

Yes, you will indeed need said number of serviettes to mop up the unctuous sauce in a 5 Napkin Burger. 10 whopping ounces of 100% Angus chuck from Aspen Ridge slathered in melting gruyere and rosemary aioli between a pillowy white potato roll, 5 Napkin take their burgers very serous. So seriously, in fact, that they eschew cardboard boxes and greaseproof paper in favour of proper china. You’ll even get a steak knife as a weapon of attack.

Numerous locations across New York

Burger Joint

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As per the name, you know exactly what this super-popular eatery serves up. One of NYC’s most iconic patty places, Burger Joint delivers simple diner-esque hamburgers and cheeseburgers with the signature tomato, pickles and ketchup. For a no-frills, all-flavour vibe, seek out Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien Hotel or in Brooklyn.

119 West 56th Street and 220 36th Street


While the emphasis may be on Neapolitan pizzas at NYC hotspot, Emily, their burgers are seriously en pointe. In fact, they’re so crowd-pleasing, they often sell out each night. Entitled the EMMY, its patty is made from pasture-raised, dry aged beef and its bap is a unique pretzel bun that comes slathered in house EMMY sauce, gooey Grafton cheddar and caramelized onions. Eponymously named after its owner, Emily is a cosy yet cool joint with two locations in New York: one in Brooklyn and one in the West Village.

919 Fulton Street and 35 Downing Street

The Spotted Pig

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Acclaimed British chef April Bloomfield heads up this esteemed spot with a gastro MO of indulgent comfort food classics done well. The Spotted Pig does traditional pub grub with an upscale twist, and its legendary burger is a delight. Chargrilled, with Roquefort cheese and served with shoestring fries, its bun comes complete with immaculate criss-cross char marks.

314 West 11th Street

Superiority Burger

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Serving veggie burgers so good you won’t even miss the meat, Superiority Burger deal in beef-free buns. Its famed house special (a dense, weighty patty with beans, nuts and grains) comes replete with Muenster cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickles. Founded by former punk-rock drummer, Brooks Headley, Superiority Burger is a go-to spot for vegetarians and carnivores alike for their admittedly superior veggie burgers.

430 East 9TH Street

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