The 11 Burgers in NYC You Need To Try

The burger has come a long way since its origins around the 1900s as a beef patty between two slices of plain bread. It was popularized by fast food restaurants and has gone through many renditions with chefs putting their own takes on it — and it’s not stopping anytime soon. In this installation of burger guides, the best burgers in every city are under the spotlight. New York City has no shortage of gourmet burgers, from classic cheeseburgers to seafood burgers, MICHELIN-star burgers to luxurious foie gras burgers, with restaurants from every price point to occasion. Here’s where to find the best.

Annie Lin
Restaurants:Quality Bistro, Burger & Lobster - NY, The Loyal
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Midtown West, Gramercy / Flatiron, West Village
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Quality Bistro

$$$$·American·
Midtown West
742 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

French onion soup lovers will go wild for Quality Bistro’s divine French onion burger with caramelized onions and Comté and Gruyère cheeses. Housed in a stunning multi-level space complete with greene...

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Burger & Lobster - NY

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
239 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

Hailing from London, Burger & Lobster’s signature dish is just like that of its name. The B&L combo reimagines the surf and turf in the form of a 1.25-pound wild Atlantic lobster, drizzled with your c...

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The Loyal

$$$$·American·
West Village
585 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

The Loyal, a chef John Fraser restaurant, made its mark on Greenwich Village with a two-star review (denoting “very good”) in 2017 from The New York Times that dissects each element of the burger in ...

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The Smith - Midtown

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
6,238 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

A classic American brasserie-style restaurant that consistently dishes out delicious global fare, The Smith also serves a standout burger — piled high with a beef patty, bacon shallot jam, American ch...

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Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area

Lure New York

$$$$·Seafood·
SoHo
3,571 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Neighborhood Gem

At the Soho spot known for its elegant cruise ship-like interior, most diners come for the raw bar, oyster selection, and sushi, but the award-winning Lure burger is not to be missed. The burger’s fam...

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P.J. Clarke's - Third Avenue

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
747 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Authentic

A true old New York establishment, P.J. Clarke’s has been serving its patrons beers and burgers since 1884. The Clarke Burger is served no-frills with tomato, lettuce, and onion, with a plethora of to...

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5 Napkin Burger - Hell's Kitchen

$$$$·Burgers·
Midtown West
4,473 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual

A staple New York burger joint with four locations across the city, 5 Napkin Burger stays true to its origin story where it all began at chef Andy D’Amico’s French Provençal restaurant, Nice Matin. D’...

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Champs Diner

$$$$·Vegan·
Williamsburg
34 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Vegan

Vegans can let loose at Champs Diner, where everything on the menu is free from animal products. Self-described “vegan junk food” is served in a black-and-white retro diner space, meaning there’s of c...

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Great for Brunch in Brooklyn

Meadowsweet

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
1,228 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

If you’re looking for a MICHELIN Guide-quality burger, look no further than Meadowsweet, a one MICHELIN-star new American restaurant nestled beside the Williamsburg Bridge serving up produce from its ...

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Healthy in Brooklyn
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Empanada Loca

$$$$·Latin American·
Windsor Terrace
4 reviews

As its name indicates, empanadas are the star at Empanada Loca in Park Slope, with more than 30 types of empanadas to choose from — including a bacon cheeseburger option. Not technically a burger, but...

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Akrotiri Seafood Taverna

$$$$·Seafood·
Astoria
200 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries

At this taverna in Astoria’s bustling Greek community, the burger isn’t your average beef patty. Here, it’s made from octopus blended with breadcrumbs and served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli...

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Neighborhood Gem in Queens