New York, New York, big city of dreams. And of great restaurants. Some are fancy, some are swanky, some are “small time”, but good food is found on all levels. This is where I come in! I obviously try food all year round, and I report back to you which ones are top of the line. Over the past few years, I’ve had my share of burgers, and beneath you will find a list of burgers that I particularly enjoyed, and therefore I think you will too.
Aaaah, the Ten Hope Burger…. 8 oz Angus Beef Patty with a sweet & spicy tomato marmalade, bourbon caramelized onions, gruyere cheese and Meyer Lemon aioli. I had one while at brunch, and it was delightfully different and super delicious. The sauces on the side are a perfect fit. Ten Hope is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, owned by Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle (season 1)
Nobody Told Me
Nobody Told Me is located on the Upper Westside, and serves one of my favorite burgers in the city. Despite the name, it is quite easy to find! The burger is called Nobody’s Burger, and it is super simple with two patties, cheddar cheese, pickles and the ever popular “special sauce” served on a Hawaiian Roll. Make sure you take a breath in between, I literally scarfed it down.
Union Square Café
This next scrumptious burger is only available for lunch or brunch. Looks like Union Square Café seems to have bigger and better fish to fry, but this burger is prime time worthy! I almost couldn’t finish it, but I managed. The 19th Street Burger consists of a patty made of a shot rib and brisket blend, cheddar cheese, heritage bacon and herb aioli, served with rosemary shoestring fries. Obviously they are located on 19th Street, right above Union Square.
Traditionally, Emmy Squared is more of an elevated pizza restaurant, but they do have a burger on the menu. I had to check it out, lots of good reviews were pointing me in its direction. Le Big Matt is a double stacked Pat La Frieda grass fed beef burger with American cheese, “Sammy Sauce”, greens and a pickle on a Pretzel Bun. The reviews were correct, I loved this burger!
Raoul’s has been around since the 70’s, and call me crazy, but I think it’s an absolute must when it comes to picking restaurants. History and nostalgia command it, when it’s coupled with great food. This burger is also only available during the afternoon hours, so hurry before they’re gone. The Burger au Poivre is a 7 1/2 oz Pat La Fieda brisket blend burger, coated au poivre style (peppercorn and salt), it is topped with St. André cheese red onions, cornichons and watercress. It is accompanied by fries, cooked in duck fat, and a side order of Au Poire sauce (cream, cognac au poivre). This might be my favorite burger of all time. Unbelievable.
7th Street Burger
Simple doesn’t mean boring. It can mean classic, focused, no smoke screens. In a nutshell, that is what 7th Street Burger represents. Don’t bother looking for the menu, there’s nothing to see. Their options are a cheeseburger, a double cheeseburger, an impossible burger, and fries. Yup, that’s it, and that’s all they need. They all are served with grilled onions, American cheese, pickles and house sauce. No fuss, no muss. I had the double cheeseburger, and it was outrageously delicious. Simple does it.
Of course I’m not going to forget about my non meat eating friends, Plnt Burger serves everything vegetarian, and as a carnivore, I have to say: you’d never know. Not that vegetarians care, as far as I know. Their PLNT Cheeseburger is made with a Beyond Meat Patty, New Fields American cheese, caramelized onion, pickles, lettuce, Roma tomatoes and PLNT sauce, served on a potato bun. It’s insanely delicious, a must-try. This awesome spot is owned by Chef Spike Mendelson, another Top Chef contestant (season 4).