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A meal at Shake Shack is life changing. Photo: Emma Brink
A meal at Shake Shack is life changing. Photo: Emma Brink

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New York’s top 5 burgers

When in New York you simply have to try a really good burger – it’s the city’s signature dish after all. But it’s not easy navigating the jungle of restaurants, all claiming to have the best burger in town. So try one of these classics and you can’t go wrong.

McDonald’s has a motto about queues: “Two deep is too deep.” So if there are more than two people waiting in line, that’s too many and you need to work faster. This is not a motto you will find at the hippest burger bars in New York. But you can’t help being a little curious about just how good the hamburgers must be if people are willing to stand in line for hours for them. 

Burger Joint

The most talked-about Burger Joint can be found at the imposing Le Parker Meridien hotel in Midtown. Behind the heavy red drapes hides a small burger stand that sells the most divine burgers. Simple, but juicy and full of flavor. If you’re having trouble finding it, just look for the excessively long queue winding out of the restaurant.Want to enjoy a Burger Joint burger without standing in line? Then you are in luck, because they have another place! You’ll find it in The Village on West 8th Street. This place is often almost empty and you can easily have a whole booth to yourself, where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy one of their burgers.

Burger Joint

Le Parker Meridien, 119 W 56th Street, New York

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Shake Shack

Many would argue that the burgers at Shake Shack set the standard for the rest of the world to live up to. And once you’ve sunk your teeth into a Shake Shack burger, accompanied by fries and a home-made milkshake of course, life will never be quite the same again. Nowadays Shake Shack can be found in a dozen different locations around New York (as well as in other cities in the US and Europe), but the original and best is in Madison Square Park, which just recently reopened following major renovations and refurbishment. Spend a few hours queuing for your hamburger, then enjoy it in Shake Shack’s outdoor seating in the park.

Shake Shack

Madison Square Park, Madison Ave & E.23rd Street, New York

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On multiple locations.

Umami Burger

Umami Burger is a hamburger chain with locations all over the US. Unlike other burger bars, Umami Burger has table service and an alcohol license. As the name suggests, the focus of the ingredients in these burgers is on the fifth taste, umami. Don’t miss their fried pickles and onion rings.

Umami Burger

432 Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village, New York

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On multiple locations.

5 Napkin Burger

5 Napkin Burger has four restaurants in Manhattan and is not solely a burger restaurant, but also has other food on the menu. It is very highly regarded for its delicious brunches. Their range of burgers offers something for everyone – everything from a classic cheeseburger to Italian Turkey and Lamb Kofta. Or why not try the Ahi Tuna?

5 Napkin Burger

150 E 14th St, Union Square, New York

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On multiple locations.

Photo: Emma Brink

The Spotted Pig

This charming English pub in the West Village has only one burger on the menu. But what a burger! It sounds quite modest, consisting of just bread, meat, and Roquefort cheese. But you won’t find anything juicier and more flavorful. It tastes like nothing else. And however amazing the hamburger is, it is actually trumped by the accompaniments. With the burger come rosemary-fried shoestring potatoes, which are just as they sound – fries thin as shoelaces wound up into a ball and served next to the burger. This is a meal that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

The Spotted Pig

314 West 11th Street, New York

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