New York is full of tried and true burgers, and you could easily spend the next 20 years frequenting the uptown J.G. Melon in Nantucket Reds. But now that there’s a downtown J.G. Melon, would you at least try that? Or, live a little and try some of the city’s best other new (and new-ish) burgers, updated for the end of 2015.
Virginia's647 E 11th St
You shouldn’t come to Virginia’s unless you’re willing to do damage to your arteries, and you also shouldn’t come to Virginia’s unless you plan to eat the burger. It’s insanely good, and insanely rich. Just the way a burger should be.
The Clocktower5 Madison Ave., 2nd Floor
When The Clocktower opened, the burger was only available on the brunch menu. They quickly realized the error of their ways, because it’s now available at lunch and dinner, too. This is one hell of a burger. And it better be, considering it’s $25.
Houseman508 Greenwich St.
Two very thin patties topped with sauteed onions, on a potato bun, make up the burger at this great new restaurant in far west Soho. It’s kind of like Shake Shack meets a fancy steakhouse burger (a.k.a. awesome). Everything else here is great too.
Rose's295 Flatbush Ave.
There’s nothing “special” about Rose’s burger, which is kind of what makes it special. No bells, no whistles, no fancy meat blends or sauces. Just a perfectly cooked patty on a buttery, soft sesame bun. Add cheese if you know what’s good for you.
Black Tap529 Broome St.
A new old school burger counter with a great selection of burger varieties. Spicy Mexican burger? We’ll take it.
The Ribbon20 W 72nd St
Forget about bacon jam. This open-faced monstrosity is smothered with oxtail marmalade, making for one of the best meat-on-meat showings in the game. But it doesn’t stop there – the whole thing is topped with a poached egg and sitting on challah toast. You’re going to need utensils, and a nap.
J.G. Melon Downtown89 MacDougal St.
The famous J.G. Melon now has a location on MacDougal Street. Here’s what you need to know: the burger is an excellent carbon copy of the original.
Emily919 Fulton St.
Come to Emily for pizza, stay for the burger. It’s served on a warm pretzel bun with charred onion, melted cheddar, and dripping orange “Emmy sauce,” which tastes like the best buffalo wing sauce ever.
The Happiest Hour121 W. 10th St.
The Happiest Hour is mostly a cocktail bar, but they have one of the prettiest, happiest burgers around. JUST LOOK AT HER.
Upland345 Park Avenue South
We were crazy about Upland already, and then they went and added a bad ass burger to their lunch menu. Overachievers.
Bar Bolinas455 Myrtle Ave.
This Clinton Hill spot has a great burger, and a great patio on which to eat it. It’s a large patty with cheese and a big pickled onion on crunchy, slightly sweet Dutch Crunch bread.
Bowery Meat Company9 E. 1st St.
Bowery Meat’s chef is known for his burgers, so you can bet his burger at a synagogue of meat is going to be a good decision. Also, you’ll probably see Justin Bieber and some variety of Kardashian relative here.
Vaucluse100 E 63rd St
Vaucluse earns a spot on this list for servicing the Upper East Side’s need for a new, fancy burger. We appreciate that you can get messy with a burger in the same place you can get a foie gras terrine and a duck à l’orange for two.