I’ll admit, it has been a while since my Postcards from New York blog post where I showed you a few of my favourites from the holiday. So I thought I would come back strong with my favourite burgers from New York. It is no secret that I could eat burgers every day, which would sell New York short as it is a place that really does do food well. In order to sample as much of it as I can I limited myself to 3 different burger joints in my week long stay.
Coming in at number 1 has to be the burger from The Spotted Pig in West Village. This is the only time I have encountered roquefort cheese in a cheese burger. A bold move and maybe a little too bold for some people but I couldn’t get enough. Pausing to take photos was a real chore, they almost didn’t happen. Served with shoe lace fried and a Bronx Summer Ale, I could eat this every day!
Not an Ale drinker? The staff inside would deliver recommendations thinly veiled in sarcasm but with enough charm to keep you happily chowing down. The pub itself continues it’s pig theme into the interior. Expect hour long waiting times if you haven’t booked or you can do what we did and just muscle your way to the bar and perch yourself there. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend heading there. I know I will next time I go.
My number 2 burger joint is Bareburger which I have a sneaky suspicion could end up higher on the list had I visited more than once. Bareburger was literally round the corner from our hotel (on 514 3rd Ave), meaning we probably should have taken advantage of it a little more. These guys offer a load of organic, meaty and non-meaty goodness. Unlike The Spotted Pig where there is only one option.
A warm and noisy atmosphere offering some awesome post work chills with plenty of beers/ales/sodas on tap. I loved the warm log cabin theme on the inside, it gave a real sense of warmth and happiness inside.
The burgers were a decent size and tasted super clean, this isn’t your average dirty burger. You can really taste every component of this patty. I opted for the county fare burger with fries which boasts a Bison patty amongst aged cheddar, dill pickles, red onions, tomatoes, green leaf, mayo all housed in a brioche bun. There is so much more to check out on their menu.
Good branding, good food, good atmosphere and helpful staff really made grabbing a burger a much more enjoyable experience. They offered a load of drinks as well as beer on tap (including 40’s) which set this place up well for post work chills. I really wish they had one in London. I’d be there every friday!
A place that I can visit in London is our number 3, Shake Shack. Unlike the others, this is a place where you jump in for a quick burger. Think of a much more upmarket Burger King. Brooklyn Brewery sort these guys out with their own beer specifically made for them!
We went cheesey fries to with our bacon double cheese burger and cheese burgers. In fast food fashion we even stood up at a bench which I have to say makes taking photos of your food a lot easier haha. For fast food I have to say this was pretty damn good! It is a lot more expensive in the UK, same numerical values, different currency makes it a lot more premium. I am not sure that the food in the UK is worth the premium price tag but in the US it certainly is!
Look how dirty that it is! Gawd I want one! Again our Shake Shack was just down the road from our hotel making it a great option to nip out for a quick bite en route somewhere.
SO that is my Top 3 Burger joints in Manhattan, I am sure there are many more spots that I missed on my travels, if you know of some that I or others should consider then leave a comment below.