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Best Burgers in New York

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Ruby's Café

This tiny little cafe exudes the straightforward charm of the outback. The space is fitted with picnic tables, brick walls, and some interesting art pieces. The main highlight here, however, is the menu, offering perfectly flavorful and light meals catering to breakfast, lunch and dinner cravings. Breakfast is served until 1p, offering staples such as ciabatta toast, egg plates and fruit salads. For a more filling lunch or supper, patrons can order from their selection of Australian-themed burgers and chicken sandwiches. Their panini and pastas are the favorites of the regulars; try the "Posh BLT" with prosciutto and avocado dressed with aioli, or their shrimp pasta with chili oil, lime, tomatoes and arugula. Wash it all down with a robust coffee or beer. This is a hit with the local Aussies.

New York, NY, United States
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Minetta Tavern

Established in 1937, this tavern/restaurant was named after the brook that once flowed through Manhattan from the Collect Pond further north. Step inside and you are immediately transported to post-depression New York, albeit with a more updated menu. Black and white tiles coupled with dark, wood paneled walls draws in the crowd. Today, Minetta Tavern is run by Keith McNally, the man behind Pastis and Balthazar. The dinner menu is highlighted by the cuts of beef, such as the dry-aged côte de boeuf served for two and the bone-in New York strip. The menu is seasonal and ever-changing, although you can always have traditional favorites like steak frites and burgers.

New York, NY, United States
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Whitman's

Whitman's in East Village is the comfort food lover's destination. Their signature dish is the Juicy Lucy made with two beef pattys and coated with pimento cheddar cheese. Their perfectly grilled burgers and fried pickles are consistently good, and some diners vote this place as their favorite burger spot in the city. A bi-level set-up, this restaurant has a warm and cozy ambiance with white tiled walls for the two floors. A great place to eat with friends and family, Whitman's is New York's burger heaven.

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The Spotted Pig

Headed up by renowned chef April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig's menu of English-inspired gastropub fare is worth seeking out. Take a seat in the cozy dining room, decorated with mismatched bar stools and pig-themed art. The most popular item on the menu is the burger - thick, juicy, perfectly cooked, and served with a side of shoestring fries, it's a must-try. If you're in the mood for something lighter, try the apple salad with walnuts and cheddar.

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Corner Bistro

Nestled in the heart of the West Village, this casual American bar and restaurant is open till late (usually until 4a) and serves cheap, casual fare. The greasy but tasty burgers and fries are what makes this place popular. A friendly spot, Corner Bistro caters to a diverse crowd of downtown denizens as well as the college types who party on Bleecker Street. This is a cash only joint, but at these prices, you should have no problem paying the bill.

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Shake Shack

Burgers, shakes, sodas and pretty much all the classic fast food staples can be found at this revered burger joint in Madison Square Park. In addition to addictive burgers and shakes, the Shack offers a leafy outdoor setting for its patrons to watch the city go by. The surprise here is that they serve booze with your burger; from beer, to reds and whites available by glass and bottle, grab one and try to find a spot on the grass. What's more, they're dog-friendly and they have a few things on the menu as well for your pooch. During the spring and summer, the line outside can be inexorably long, however there are other locations around Manhattan which are only a cab ride away.

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Jackson Hole

Forget fast food burgers and instead, visit this burger haven. Jackson Hole is famous for serving big, sloppy seven-ounce burgers. Cheeseburgers, pizza burgers-you name it, plus French fries and onion rings. Service is adequate despite the crowds and noise.

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Island Burgers & Shakes

Blink and you could miss this narrow, storefront burger joint that looks like it belongs on the California coast. Decorated with surfboard-shaped paintings and bright orange and red tables, Island Burger serves juicy, open-faced burgers with over 63 choices of toppings. Their specialty, the Chicken Churasco, is the best chicken sandwich in town! This place is so small that they can't fit a fryer; not to worry, you can substitute fries with baked potatoes. Top off your meal with everyone's favorite, a thick, creamy black & white shake (vanilla shake with chocolate syrup)!

New York, NY, United States
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J. G. Melon

Since 1972, J. G. Melon has been serving great burgers to grateful Upper East Siders. If a tasty, simple burger and maybe some French fries is your idea of heaven, then this is the right place for you. Their selection of beers on tap goes great with those burgers, and if you want to eat at the bar, food is served there until late at night. There are also good salads and chili. Cash only.

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5 Napkin Burger

Go crazy with burgers at 5 Napkin Burger, an American burger joint. Basically a friendly local place to hang out with friends or treat oneself to splendidly prepared burgers, 5 Napkin Burger is a fun venue. It stays open till midnight, giving one the chance to quell their hunger pangs over bites of tempting burgers. The meat patty inside is flavorful and the actual essence of the burger. Try the Original 5 Napkin burger or the offbeat Ahi tuna burger. Apart from burgers there are sushi rolls, sandwiches and a full children's meal. Boasting 100 wines, 50 beers and ten cocktails, this venue is a full package deal of fun and excitement for everyone.

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Donovan’s Pub

Donovan’s Pub serves some amazing burgers and high spirits. Located in the Queens borough of NYC, this little place is renowned among foodies and alcohol lovers alike. A child friendly place, Donovan’s has its classic share of burgers, that everyone seems to love. The Donovan, the H Factor, the Santo and the Sebastian are some of the signature burgers that all their customers keep going back to. With a simple and friendly ambiance, this pub is is one of those places, which is perfect for a weekend hangout, or a family lunch.

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Joy Burger Bar

This burger spot located in the Upper East Side is one of the best places in NY to enjoy America's favorite sandwich, mostly because they use charcoal grilling just as if you would have made them in your backyard. The knack at this place is the sauces, with choices as varied as garlic and spicy mayo to Argentinian chimichurri, you can definitely put a spin on the traditional burger. There is another location downtown and one other cool fact is that they serve turkey burgers just in case you don't feel like eating beef.

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