If you’re visiting New York City, you’re probably planning to pack as many activities as you can in your itinerary to make the most of your trip. One of the things you should add to your list is eating a genuine NYC burger. To do this, you’ll need to visit the best burger joints in the Big Apple, which include the following:
’21’ Club introduced gourmet burgers to the American audience in the 1950s and was the first restaurant to do so. The original 21 burger was cooked in duck fat and fennel seeds, although the current version is a lot more similar to the traditional burger and is made with dry-aged beef.
Allen Burger Venture
If you’re looking for a healthy and hipster burger, you’ll find one at the Allen Burger Venture. The restaurant offers grass-fed Angus beef that’s free from hormones and antibiotics and served with thick fries. If beef isn’t your thing, you can opt for the “alternative” burgers, which are made of chickpea, tuna, lamb, and Italian sausage.
Craving for a simple cheeseburger? Head off to Balthazar, which has been around since 1997 and serves a no-fuss cheeseburger that’s packed with flavors and has essentially stayed the same over the years (the only difference is that it’s now griddled, not grilled).
Brennan & Carr
Most of the things on the Brennan & Carr menu are doused in savory jus made from roasted meat drippings, which means they’re intensely rich and flavorful. Try the cheeseburger (which is topped with gravy, Cheeze-Whiz, and roast beef), or opt for a simple roast beef sandwich if you’re not craving for a burger.
db Bistro Moderne
If you’re in the mood for some luxurious gourmet burger, or if you just want to treat yourself, check out the Original DB burger from db Bistro Moderne.
It’s a sirloin burger that’s filled with braised short ribs, foie grass, and black truffle and served on a Parmesan bun.
Emily puts an interesting spin on the classic cheeseburger recipe. Its Emmy Burger is made of dry-aged pasture-raised beef from Fleisher’s, which is served with Grafton cheddar, caramelized onions, and the special Emmy sauce on a pretzel bun from Tom Cat, with fries and cornichon on the side.
The Emmy Burger has limited availability per night, so you’ll want to get to Emily as early as you can.
J.G. Melon is one of the best sources of pub-style burgers in New York City. It serves hamburgers, cheeseburgers, baconburgers, bacon cheeseburgers, tuna burgers, and turkey burgers, along with a range of sandwiches.
Pair your burger of choice with cottage fried potatoes to enjoy a delicious, filling meal.
Enjoy a classic NYC burger at the Lure Fishbar by ordering the Lure Burger. It looks like the traditional burger (complete with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and a special sauce), but what sets it apart is the beef, which resembles a prime steak.
You can get it in the “Bash Style”, which comes with bacon and onion jam plus pickles, or in the “Lure Style”, which has The Works plus onion rings.
This is the home of the famous Black Label burger, which took New York by storm in 2009 because of its simple yet appealing recipe: an eight-ounce dry-aged rib steak blend, placed between a halved brioche bun (which is custom-made, BTW) and topped with some onions.
It doesn’t have additional ingredients like foie grass and isn’t even paired with cheese — just bread, meat, and onions for those who want to savor the texture and flavor of quality Pat LaFrieda beef.
The Upland burger is made of two patties from Pat LaFrieda, paired with lettuce, tomatoes, Peppadew peppers, American cheese, cilantro, and avocado. This fantastic blend of favors will surely impress your taste buds, while the grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef will make you feel less guilty about treating yourself to a delicious meal.
Explore these burger joints during your Big Apple trip to get a taste of genuine NYC burgers!