Don’t argue with a New Yorker about his favorite pizza joint.
You won’t change his mind.
The best burger, on the other hand, is a conversation we’ll happily revisit on the regular.
To wit: we’ve done some heavy lifting of late to determine the nine best new(ish) burgers in town.
One’s half bacon. One’s all
The Horny Ram
The star here? The South of the Border. Made with a Pat LaFrieda patty, Mexican street corn
951 Second Avenue (map)
Charlie Palmer Steak New York
You’re going to spend $22 on a burger, and it’s going to be worth it. The 50-50 is made with 50% ground bacon and 50% beef, finished with onion jam and pepper jack
47 West 38th Street (map)
Treadwell Park Downtown
Executive Chef Stephen Lyle is comin’ in hot with the Merchant’s Signature Burger, featuring Pat LaFrieda’s brisket blend, provolone, Nueske’s bacon, BBQ sauce and french fries.
301 South End Avenue (map)
The Dry Aged Meatloaf Burger created such a frenzy at dinner, they've just added it to the brunch menu to boot. Good day or night, it comes with green peppercorn caramelized onions, mushrooms, melted gruyere, tomato jam and Cajun fries.
33 Greenwich (map)
The newest addition to their Tribeca locale? A Filet Mignon burger that's every bit as drool-worthy as it sounds, served with caramelized onions, guacamole, gorgonzola cheese and French fries.
95 West Broadway (map)
Trademark Taste + Grind
Full disclosure: we hit this place up twice. The TM Burger is a generous slab of beef topped with bacon, jalapeno jack, fried pickled onions, cherry peppers and special sauce. And it's one of the city's best, trust.
38 West 36th Street (map)
Blue Ribbon Federal Grill
Chef/owners Eric and Bruce Bromberg know what’s up. The to-the-point Bar Burger is six oz. of ground chuck topped with herb butter and served on a homemade English muffin, with taro chips on the side. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s also an eight-oz. “Fed” Burger with bacon ‘n’ blue.
84 William Street (map)
Conceived by Co-Founder Todd Birnbaum, say hello to the Obligatory Burger. The double cheeseburger comes with with fried onions, a pickle spear, lemon pecorino and fries for $16 — or $2 more for bacon.
79 Clinton Street (map)
Burger & Lobster
Prepare thyself for The Beast. B&L uses a proprietary blend of three cuts of Nebraska Hereford beef ground exclusively for the restaurants by Pat LaFrieda on the daily. You're getting a six-oz. patty topped with three oz. of lobster meat, Swiss cheese and a house-made truffle aioli on custom-baked sesame seed brioche-potato. Basically, it’s hand-held surf ‘n’ turf. You can’t go wrong.
132 West 43rd Street (map)