New York City has more than its fair share of burger joints. Every food website and magazine has their own rundown of the best of best, suited for every type of salty, juicy, cheesy craving, from fast food casual to high end steakhouse. And while every burger lover knows that they must go to Shake Shack, The Spotted Pig, JG Melon and Corner Bistro, the following restaurants offer surprisingly delicious burgers without the hype.
You wouldn’t normally go to a Filipino restaurant to satisfy a burger fix, but Jeepney’s Chori burger is one of the best in the city. A beef and longganissa (a Filipino pork sausage) patty with sweet and spicy banana ketchup, kewpie aioli (a mayonnaise using rice vinegar), a fried egg and vegetable slaw on a challah bun is pretty close to burger heaven. The cherry on top? It’s served with kamote fries. This unique burger is definitely on the sweet side.
The Cheese Burger at Joseph Leonard
Joseph Leonard, 170 Waverly Place, New York, NY, USA +1 646 429 8383
Chef Patrick’s burger experimentation continues! We’re not upset by this at all… ??
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The Hamburguesa de Tertulia at Tertulia
Tertulia, a Spanish tapas restaurant, may not scream ‘burger’ at first thought, but once you’ve tried Seamus Mullen’s Spanish inspired Hamburguesa de Tertulia, you’ll be hooked. A smoked Pat LaFrieda beef blend is layered with a mild cheddar cheese, crunchy homemade potato chips and pickled vegetables. It is then sandwiched between a thick, olive oil roll smeared with ñora pepper ketchup. The ñora pepper is a sweet chili with earthy undertones native to Spain.
Tertulia, 359 6th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 646 559 9909
The Frita Cubana at Yerba Buena
Yerba Buena is a fun and exotic restaurant that maintains an air of class and is reasonably priced. For $40, you get two courses and unlimited cocktails for two hours. Most boozy brunches are accompanied with food fare that often seems inedible; the obvious focus is alcohol. However, Yerba Buena pairs delicious cocktails with food to match. The Frita Cubana is a beef and suckling pig burger with pickled jalapeño and red onion slaw and Swiss cheese, accompanied by a heaping pile of papas provenzal, Argentinian-style French fries with roasted garlic and parsley. This burger is served at brunch only, but you’ll need it when you’re downing margaritas for two hours straight.
Yerba Buena, 1 Perry Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 620 0808
23 Avenue A, New York, NY, USA +1 212 529 2919
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