10 Best NY Burgers, 2012

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This way-downtown burger is a paragon of juiciness.


If America had a signature dish, what would it be? I think it must be the hamburger. And who doesn't adore a juicy ground patty of beef, lamb, turkey, seafood, or vegetable substances in the mellow embrace of a good bun? In fact, the most common last meal requested by death row inmates is the cheeseburger, and it's a favorite of office workers, too, who only feel like they're on death row.

Here, then, are the 10 best (and often wildest) burgers I've eaten so far this year, from a list that includes dozens upon dozens.


10. Bacon Cheeseburger at Ulysses (shown above) -- At this charming Stone Street gastropub, picnic tables spill out onto the cobbles, and a murmur goes up from the benches when one of these beauties flies by on a tray, the bacon sticking out at the sides like an unkempt mop of hair, the onions raw, crisp, and testifying to the perfection of purpleness. Finally, there's the beef patty, nothing special except it has that ground-minutes-ago flavor and tastes as fresh as a spring meadow. 93 Pearl Street, 212-482-0400


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9. Hamburg at Ootoya -- Germans introduced the hamburger to the Lower West Side docks in the 1820s; eventually, it became bunned and added an "-er" to its name. Somehow, this original burger must have arrived in Japan sometime in the '50s (my conjecture). Anyway, this historic Asian recipe floods a nicely cooked beef patty with enoki mushroom gravy. And the Japanese sides (pickles, chwanmushi, lumpy potato salad) turn out to be a boon in combating burger fatigue. 8 West 18th Street, 212-255-0018


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8. Lamb Burger at Morgane -- So you thought the tiny neighborhood bistro (as opposed to the big, brassy brasserie) was dead, huh? Even though it's located on Bedford in Williamsburg, Morgane still manages to seem out of the way, doubly so in the shady backyard. There, enjoy a perfect lamb burger, pink in the middle and slabbed with goat cheese that's coarse-textured and tart. You might hallucinate you're standing on a hillside and talking to a shepherd. 340 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-599-0699
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The goat cheese makes an excellent complement to the lamb patty.


Location Info

Ulysses

95 Pearl St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Ootoya

8 W. 18th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Morgane

340 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Perry Street

176 Perry St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Masak - CLOSED

432 E. 13th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Bowery Diner

241 Bowery, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Mile End Sandwich

53 Bond St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Peels - CLOSED

325 Bowery, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Marseille

630 Ninth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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9 comments
ryan774
ryan774

"hipster pickles"???  journalists, even those who are contracted to write the "Best Burgers" list, should be operating at a higher level.  how much more nebulous can this term get?  what even-more-inanimate object can we elect to take a punch for being culturally elitist (if that's even what it means anymore)?  "The building was girded by hipster concrete"...  Seriously, please cut it the hell out.

Stephen118
Stephen118

@youngandfoodish great I'll check them out!

Donald Waits
Donald Waits

Outrageous!  Fanelli Cafe at Prince and Mercer not mentioned?  One of the very best burgers in

all the city.  Been servin' 'em since 1872.  Shame on you.

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67 burger in brooklyn...no other place is touching them. i could eat in there everyday!

dickerman_k
dickerman_k

@hegel_nhm the pictures make the burgers look terrible

James745
James745

Marseille - gotta give this one a try. Keep the top 10's coming..

sevensunglasses
sevensunglasses

no love for Whitman's?! The Juicy Lucy is the best burger I've had in the LES

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