5 Napkin Burger - Union Square
5 Napkin Burger - Union Square

5 Napkin Burger - Union Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.5napkinburger.com/
  • Phone: 2122285500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 12:00am; Friday: 11:30am - 1:00am; Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers
  • Executive Chef: Andy D'Amico
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Avenue
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6,L,N,R
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from 5 Napkin Burger - Union Square
5 Napkin Burger caters to those with the most discerning appetites. We offer a rare mix of classic and innovative burgers, tacos, grilled tuna salads and everything in between. Pair that with a custom cocktail, local lager or s’mores shake as you kick back or mingle in our bustling bistro setting. We welcome carnivores and vegetarians. We’re hosts to scenesters, professionals and families. We believe the burger experience is no loner one-way-fits-all and we hope you’ll join us in changing that definition.
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5 Napkin Burger - Union Square reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (33)great for lunch (29)neighborhood gem (19)fit for foodies (14)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (13)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (10)hot spot (10)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (1)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Simple but well done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Simple but good food, great atmosphere and service. I go back every 1-2 months to meet friends and can always expect the same thing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go to
    RobbyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great chain... Love the wings, burgers... staple of a NYer's diet!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    mrpdude
    Dined on 10/14/2014
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    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very good tasty burger but a little on the expensive side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion
    happydiner4
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went for an "American food" lunch. Burgers were great, the shi tuna burger not so much. It was too tough. Beers were good, my grayhound was weak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than burgers
    lunchat1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My friend and I had excellent salads--she, Southwestern chicken, I goat cheese and walnuts plus shrimp. I also hear great things about the burgers, but they're a bit too much for me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BobLVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I have been to this location many times & it's great for a quick meal. I'm normally here in the evening & it's a pretty busy spot. Good burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads etc & fast food type of meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good and reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    always good. always room. always easy. never disappoints. and their veggie burger is delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!!!
    NycGal
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was amazing. There is so much to choose from and the prices are reasonable. I am definitely going back. 5 NB is on my list of favorite hangout spots!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything too notch
    DRFields
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great burgers, sushi is also amazing! Wonderful wine list, perfect place for an easy dinner out with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great Tasting Burgers
    Gail
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A place known for its Burgers should have consistently great meat, and this place does. On this visit my friend and I both had the special "BLT" Burger with thick cut bacon. The Bacon and, especially, the ripe red tomato were excellent but most importantly, the beef was juicy and flavorful. I like that they can get a slight crisp on the pattie's exterior while still cooking it to medium temperature. Also very friendly and prompt service. Cheddar Tots are recommended as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fryfanatic
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was my second experience at Five Napkin Burger, though my first at the Union Square location. Great location, spacious, great service. The waitress convinced me to get the special burger and it was delicious. My cocktail was well made and I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with my friends at this location. Bacon on a burger? How can you go wrong. And the skinny fries are a perfect match the well portioned burgers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu
    Bubbles
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The waiter was very pleasant and helpful in recommending dishes. I would return and try another recommendation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good burgers
    JayEllarVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Five Napkins Union Square is the same dependable eatery it has always been since day one. Whether it is brunch or a quick dinner before being home, this place has always come through. I highly recommend either the classic or the original burgers with the sweet potato fries.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice burger but nothing special
    NYlover1984
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    nice burger but nothing special. Our waiter was really impatient because he couldn't hear due to the loud music in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It took awhile for the waitress to get drinks (water) for our table but when she did she was good. She knew a lot about the different draft beers there.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively
    Yummilicious
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My niece asked to come here for her birthday dinner. It was a Friday after work so it was rather boisterous and the sound was cacophonous. We got the booth I'd requested and I believe if we hadn't we might not have been able to hear each other at all. As it was the four of us had to really work on hearing each other. The food was good though I was not in the mood for my usual Veggie Burger and ordered sushi. It was tasty but really small. Everyone else said they enjoyed the food and I thought our waiter was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good burgers
    NSIM
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were a group of 8. We had some cocktails, appetizers and burgers, all of which were great. Everyone enjoyed their food and the service was very good as well. Overall, the quality food, service and good drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great burgers
    2ChainzVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Burger was delicious. Loved the beer choices as well; I went with an Alphabet City. Appetizers took a while to come but food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent burgers and then some...
    food4thought
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    5 Napkin has really great burgers! In addition to their regular menu, they have burger specials throughout the year (including an Octoberfest themed burger which has lots of similar spices to German food, like bratwurst and sauerbraten). There are a couple of locations, but we've only been to the Union Square one. This location isn't very large and remains fairly packed throughout the night, especially weekends; so if possible, a reservation is best. The burgers are all juicy and well seasoned. Don't have a favorite because they're all quite good. The onion rings are really, really good. Appetizers aren't bad either, with potato skins and pastrami being our faves. They have a small, but usually very packed bar with happy hour specials too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    JuanValdezVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had heard great things, but it didn't live up. For the premium price on this burger, there are better options.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    this location pales in comparison to the hell's kitchen and uws locations. smaller burgers, smaller apps. overcooked. disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    we ate quickly and left. We had seats in a booth and still we could barely hear each other. Maybe that is their goal, keep the noise level high and they will eat up quickly and leave.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kiki8VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great casual burger spot! The burgers are my all time favorite. Definitely a must try!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid lunch spot
    BMo22
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    One of my favorite places for a sit down lunch during the work week. The grilled Mahi Mahi sandwich is excellent and the burgers I'm told are equally tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good. really loud. Good selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food is tasty though and the selection is much more varied than I knew
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 245 reviews are from the 5 Napkin Burger - Union Square reviews archive.
  • Vibrant Burger Spot
    Acoustickitty
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great for salads, too. Love the coffee!!! All around can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best burger in town
    Furiousgeorge
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    A must for each visit to NYC. Without a doubt the best burger in town. The only problem is choosing between the original & all the other great options!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bklynraven
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Took my dad here for Father's day for lunch thinking he would go for a nice juicy burger but was disappointed. The house burger was dry and over cooked. I ordered what was advertised as a prime rib burger but got two dry patties that did not resemble a prime rib. The drinks were good, they had a large selection of beer/wine and the onion rings were hot and crispy. All in all though nothing to write home about
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome!
    foodiemomof2
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    If you want a fun great burger or cocktail in NYC, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We had the month special short rib burger and the spinach and artichoke dip. The waiter advised we order extra crostini but it really wasn't necessary. Enough came with the dish. The burger came perfectly done as we asked for medium rare. I think we spent 30 minutes all together in the restaurant which worked for us BC we had a long drive ahead. Would definitely go back! It was our second time there and both times it was great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Spot
    Peacock
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I had the avocado ranch burger and it was great. The service was very good and I plan to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mix experience
    LobsterSalad
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I had better food and service at other 5napkin restaurants. This time the service was bad and the wings overdone. Just the burger was 5napkins quality as I know it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    dinnerlover
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I was looking forward to visiting this place on a recent trip to NYC. I wasn't the least bit impressed. There's not a thing that makes it special or unique. The food was just okay...I would not recommend this to anyone. I HAD to check one of the above selections if I wanted to submit this review. Disregard the fact I checked anything at all.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day
    Yogi
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a great Veggie burger with sweet potatoe fries. Had a shake for desert and loved it. I have been to 45 st and now 14 street both locations were were great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 Napkin Buger
    BobLVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I have previously reviewed this location. Great after work, large groups that get loud. Food is fine for burgers etc.... Waiter service the other night was spotty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KatiriaVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    server was nice, food was good, but drink was so bad. i ordered a dark and story...it was not dark or stormy. It looked and tasted like it was only ginger beer and ice. The color was that of ginger ale. that was disappointing. What was also disappointing is that I had a reservation but when we were being taken to the table, I noticed that there was a tall open table by the bar. i asked if we could sit there instead and I was told that it has to be a 3 top. I looked around at the other high tables and noticed that there was a table with 2 people. I asked again and mentioned the two people at one of those tables and she said she couldn't give it to us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    All the Burgers are good - I've had the Mushroom Blue, the Five Napkin, , The ahi - tuna, the Veggie, but this time I tried the lobster slders - they were good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is a good burger.
    Sourceress
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I took my parents because they asked for a place that, "I wouldn't go without them" Aka, it's out of my price range but truly a great burger. I am not a vegetarian but I went with the veggie burger and it was pretty incredible.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lazy, careless, rude.
    GregorySVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Nothing ruins really good food like bad service. We'd been saving calories for weeks for a big burger splurge during our NYC weekend. We'd been very happy with 5Napkins midtown location on previous trips and expected more of the same here, but no. After sitting ignored for awhile, we had to ask the hostess to find our server. Her response was to walk away. Server appeared, but honestly, she's so bored with her job I half expected her fall asleep. Lazy and slow. Cocktails were good, food was great. But hard to focus on that when your server leaning on the bar while your water glass is empty. Then we got to hear the server in the next station arguing with his customer and actually yelling back at him from across the dining room. Charming.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate