Here are five of the most atmospheric burger joints in the Big Apple for the carnivore in you.
1. Bare to be different
At eco-conscious Bareburger, the focus is on custom-building your own organic burger. Firstly decide on the meat, then pick your bun, cheese, bacon, and sauce. Lastly choose a drink. What makes Bareburger stand out is their menu of exotic meats such as bison, elk, and ostrich, which is a particularly healthy option being high in protein and low in cholesterol. All their meats are humanely raised free-range animals that eat the foods they would naturally eat in the wild like organic barley, snow peas, and alfalfa.
Bareburger, Upper East Side bareburger.com
2. Diner dinner
Situated near the Williamsburg Bridge is a Brooklyn institution known as Diner. The quintessential American diner features booths and a long bar counter with a row of chrome swivel stools running alongside. Diner serves a selection of dishes and daily specials, which the waiters and waitresses recite while writing down the details on napkins in front of you. The refreshingly simple burger consists of a good quality bun, slice of cheddar, and freshly-ground perfectly cooked grass-fed beef.
Diner, Brooklyn dinernyc.com
3. Burger institution
This grandaddy of NYC burger joints has occupied the same tavern site in West Greenwich Village for nearly a century. Seating is hard to come by and the place is usually abuzz with burger aficionados. Popular choices from the old-fashioned menu board include the Bistro Burger (8 oz. burger with American cheese and crispy bacon) and the Chili Burger (8 oz. cheeseburger topped with homemade chili). There may be better burgers in New York, but none more famous and with as much history.
Corner Bistro, West Greenwich Village cornerbistrony.com
4. Burger in the city
Located in the swanky foyer of the Le Parker Meridian Hotel in Manhattan, the Burger Joint is no ordinary place. Down a dimly-lit corridor, only a neon hamburger sign indicates what lies beyond velvet curtains. Inside the windowless room, posters of the Sopranos and Sex and the City adorn graffiti-strewn walls above leatherette booths, where customers enjoy a menu of burgers, fries, and milkshakes. Butchers grind the meat fresh on site and the ratio of fat to lean is what makes the burger unbelievably good.
Burger Joint, Manhattan parkermeridien.com/eat/burger-joint/
5. Vintage burgers
Famous for its kitschy décor, the Trailer Park Lounge & Grill in Chelsea is crammed with vintage Americana memorabilia. Drink in the atmosphere from the 22-seater bar which dispenses ice cold beer and margarita pitchers, and from the kitchen comes hearty and comforting fare. One of the standout dishes is the “Mother-in-Law’s Revenge Burger” topped with American cheese, chili, jalapeños, and sour cream served with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and sweet potato fries.
Trailer Park Lounge & Grill, Chelsea trailerparklounge.com
Text by Andrew Marshall Photos by Paul Marshall
This article is published in the January 2017 issue of Blue Wings.