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Manhattan's Top 10 Burger Joints

Manhattan's Top 10 Burger Joints

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Updated: 9 February 2017
When you think of American culture, hamburgers spring to mind. From restaurants that are popular due to their new grilling and frying techniques to those whose particular ambiance is the key to attracting their customers, we list 10 of the best burger joints in the Big Apple.

Burger Joint

Burger Joint is a restaurant hidden inside Le Parker Meridien hotel. Burger Joint serves up the classic hamburger with a side of french fries for around nine dollars. The seating inside is quite limited, so expect to be waiting around for some time. The atmosphere is similar to a food truck due to its open order window and limited seating, but the food is a treat.

Burger Joint, 119 West 56th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 708 7414

5 Napkin Burger

5 Napkin Burger dedicates itself to creating specialty burgers. Though they have many different options to choose from, their signature burger is the Original 5 Napkin burger 10 ounces of ground beef topped with caramelized onion and melted Gruyere cheese. If you are on a health kick, 5 Napkin Burger has got you covered with the Inside Out burger. A bun-less hamburger wrapped in lettuce, tomato, pickles and 5N sauce. With its very relaxed and casual environment, you will feel at home at 5 Napkin Burger. Just remember to call up beforehand to make reservations since they are busy during most of the day.

5 Napkin Burger, 630 9th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 757 2277

Delis 48

Delis 48 is a true hole in the wall. Located across the street from Nintendo World in Rockefeller Plaza, Delis 48 brings together the many different food cultures of New York into a distinctive dining experience. The burgers are ground on site and are placed and flattened on a hot grill right when you order it. For prices as low as about five dollars, Delis 48 goes against the stereotype of overpriced dining in one of the most notable NYC tourist locations. With free additional toppings that range from grilled onion to pickles and freshly baked kaiser rolls, Delis 48 brings you an experience you won’t want to miss out on. If you ever want to take a break from the hustle of city life, stop on by and take a seat on the upper floor, where you can unwind, charge your phone, and watch a little television while you enjoy your freshly cooked burger.

Delis 48, 48 West 48th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 398 3848

The Graso Grill

The Graso Grill is a restaurant you’ll most likely pass by when walking towards Grand Central or Times Square. Don’t let this place fool you: this burger joint is a diamond in the rough. With an extensive list of burger choices to choose from, the most popular would have to be their signature Graso burger. The Graso burger is made with their fresh meat and vegetables and signature graso sauce (reminiscent of a ketchup and dressing mix) all perfectly fitted into a homemade bun that is literally too large to fit in your mouth. The Graso Grill is a very laid back and stress-free atmosphere. Even during rush hour, this place is usually not bustling with heavy crowds, allowing you to just kick back and enjoy a peaceful meal in the big city.

The Graso Grill, 16 East 48th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 759 4848

Image courtesy of Black Iron Burger & Beer Co.
Image courtesy of Black Iron Burger & Beer Co.

Black Iron Burger

Black Iron Burger is another true “hole in the wall”. Black Iron Burger is best known for their burgers and beer. They are most known for their signature burger, The Black Iron. The Black Iron consists of two, four ounce patties made with all-natural beef, topped with two slices of melted horseradish cheddar, stout caramelized grilled onions, and special horseradish mayo. The interior is petite, the walls are stocked full of ketchup and mustard, and the worn bricks and ovens show the age and history of this restaurant.

Black Iron Burger, 540 East 5th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 677 6067

Minetta Tavern

Minetta Tavern is located in Greenwich Village and takes you back to the early 20th century. First established in 1937, Minetta Tavern was a popular location for famous actors, artists, and authors, such as Ernest Hemingway. Even today, many famous musicians and movie stars come in for a bite to eat and to take in the amazing atmosphere. Once you step in you feel like you have been transported back to the early 20th century, with walls covered with mirrors and the classic burger bar sit-down. Their prices are a bit steep—but worth it. Their best known burger, Black Label Burger is a selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions and French fries. Call ahead of time to make reservations.

Minetta Tavern, 10012, 113 Macdougal Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 475 3850

Paul’s “Da Burger Joint”

Paul’s “Da Burger Joint” is a small burger joint located on 2nd Avenue. One of the best features of Paul’s is the price. A single eight ounce burger (beef or turkey) is less than five dollars. Alternatively, splurge and go for the hamburger deluxe. Paul’s is best known for the different cheeseburgers that could be ordered, from Swiss to blue cheese, so the average cheese lover will be thrilled. If you are willing to take a chance on something different, set your eyes on the pizza burger, topped with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. The inside features a bar-type setting with the burger masters grilling away on the stove. Paul’s prides itself with a sign outside stating “best burgers in NYC”—and customers agree.

Paul’s “Da Burger Joint”, 131 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 529 3033

J.G. Melon

J.G. Melon is a comfy restaurant known for their “juicy” burgers. One of their most popular burgers is the bacon cheeseburger, made with fresh bacon on a gorgeous bun. J.G. Melon has been around since the late 20th century and is still roaring today. If you’re in the mood for some homemade cocktails and fresh burgers and cottage fries, J.G. Melon is your place to go.

J.G. Melon, 291 3rd Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 744 0585

Island Burgers and Shakes

Island Burgers and Shakes is a retro burger joint that deceives the eye. They appear to be a storefront, but when you walk in you are greeted with a unique atmosphere. Posters of classic musicians such as Bob Marley, surfboards, and vintage soda memorabilia line the walls. One of their burgers, the Bangkok, is an original burger topped with Thai chili, peanut sauce and curry.

Island Burgers and Shakes, 766 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 307 7934

Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace

Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace is a throwback burger joint. With their signature look and burgers, they go above and beyond in both in both their style and taste. With their special buffalo, beef and chicken burgers you can go either single or double. Every burger can be ordered normally or as a deluxe combo, which includes a side of fries and coleslaw. If you’re ever hankering for a juicy burger and want to pretend it’s the 1960s, then Jimbo’s is the place for you.

Jimbo’s Hamburger Palace, 991 1st Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 355 6120