1 Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien
Hidden behind swanky curtains in the lobby of Le Parker Meridien hotel, The Burger Joint is every soul cycle spinning socialite's dream and every well dressed business man's reality. Offering hotel guests and anyone else who dares to find one of the city's best kept secrets, a burger for only $7. With an old coffee shop feel with vinyl booths and newspaper clippings taped to the walls, you'll almost need to remind yourself of where you are but the burger itself will be unforgettable.
2 Corner Bistro
If your a native New Yorker like me, then we have probably met at Corner Bistro before, as this dive bar has always been a New York staple amongst those who are in the know. Whether you snag a booth in the back with friends or a seat at the long mahogony bar in the front, there is not time of day that isn't a good time at Corner Bistro. Although the scene is always a surprise from yuppies to local West Villagers, the people watching isn't what draws you in- it's the famous burgers of course. The eight-ounces juicy grilled beef piled high with melted cheese, bacon and raw onions is served on a paper plate at only $6.75 each.
3 JG Mellon
Upper East Siders like myself have called JG Melon their second home for years. The cozy neighborhood spot nestled between preppy favorites like Mezaluna and Scoop has been serving one of the best burgers (and waffle fries) in New York since 1972. With its dim lighting, checkered table clothes and pressed tin ceilings, this landmark takes you back to the simple days, when a good burger and bartender was all one needed. Second to the food, the most impressive part of the JG Mellon experience is watching the tiny front kitchen at work. How they grill hundreds of burgers a day in such a narrow space will always amaze the crowd. Open daily and serving food from lunch until all hours of the night (usually 4am), indoors or out, there is always a wait for a table at this Upper East Side landmark.
4 BLT Burger
Offering a variety of choices including beef, turkey and Atlantic salmon, each burger served on soft buns with classic, delicious toppings. Choose from a number of starters and sides from fried pickles and jalapeño poppers to four types of fries and rings. And o course, milkshakes-the perfect complement to any BLT burger. Barn wood wainscoting wraps the entire restaurant while banquettes provide a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the casual energy of the room, music, and most of all, creations from the kitchen.
5 Shake Shack
Oh how I love Danny Meyer restaurants. With several of his famed Shake Shack restaurants popping up around the city, we still prefer the original location in Madison Square Park for the true burger experience. Although the line is typically grueling, the burger with a shake to wash down the juicy grilled meat is always worth the wait. My suggestion? Save a seat at a nearby bench on a sunny afternoon while you have a friend do the leg-work on line. Feel like letting loose on the greens of New York? Order some wine to go with your burger as well.