A burger is greater than the sum of its parts. Not just because eating buns or raw onions on their own is pretty lame, but because a burger is a mood. It’s what you order when you want to eat with your hands after a particularly long day, after a few particularly strong drinks, or as is often the case at the moment - after both. We can’t say that burgers deliver better than, say, pizza, but when you’re in the mood, nothing else will do. Order delivery from any of the 37 places on this guide.
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Hometown Bar-B-Que trying its hand with burgers is like Michael Jordan dabbling in athletic footwear - it was always going to turn out well. At its sister restaurant, Red Hook Tavern, you’ll find a dry-aged cheeseburger for pickup everyday from 12-7:30pm, as well as delivery to Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, and Red Hook.
Contemporary art and at-home haircuts get a pass on perfect proportions, but not burgers. For proof, look no further than BK Jani in Bushwick. The thick patty, slice of grilled tomato, chutney, and yogurt all add a lot of flavor without overwhelming one another. It’s one of our favorite burgers in NYC, and it’s available for takeout or delivery any day but Monday.
There’s a professional sumo camp in Chiba, Japan, and we imagine that a standard order in its cafeteria might be four burgers with a side of cheese fries. It’s also a typical order at White Mana in Jersey City. That’s because the very thin smash burgers at this classic diner, which originally opened at the 1939 World’s Fair, are only a little bigger than sliders, and about as filling. They’re $1.30 each, so four of them with a side of cheese fries will cost you less than $10. You can order at the takeaway window from 8am-6pm daily.
BECs aren’t burgers, and according to the laws of gods and humans alike, they can’t go on this guide. But you should absolutely still order the raclette-covered version that comes on a milk bun from Win Son Bakery. So as to not upset any gods or humans, we should also mention that the double smash cheeseburger at this Taiwanese spot in Williamsburg is similarly fantastic, and available on the evening menu from 5-9pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Like lots of dishes at this all-day spot in Two Bridges, the burger resembles versions you’ve had at countless other bars and diners, just tweaked to taste a whole lot better. In the case of the burger, that tweak is a lathering of delicious mushroom gochujang aioli.
Minetta Tavern’s Black Label Burger is probably the most famous high-end burger in NYC. That could be due to the buttery dry-aged patty, or the pile of caramelized onions, or the custom Balthazar bun. Or it could be all three. The Black Label Burger, the slightly less deluxe Minetta Burger, and most of the rest of the menu is available for pick-up or delivery every day starting at 4pm.
Along with voluntarily going to the dentist and getting your own Netflix account, few things provide a sense of adulthood like setting a table for one, and topping it with nothing but a bottle of wine and a steaming hot cheeseburger. Dim your lights, maybe light a candle, and order a dry-aged cheeseburger with a bottle of wine, which are 30% off, from Concord Hill in Williamsburg.
“I’d like the burger, followed by the 12-piece omakase” is something you’ve probably never said before. Hall is giving you the chance to change that. This Japanese spot in Flatiron offers a bunch of different wagyu burgers, including one with foie gras, as well sushi sets that range from a 10-piece box for $18 to a $150 omakase for two.
It’s good that you know you want a burger. Because if you start perusing the menu at Mekelburg’s without knowing what you’re looking for, you might just end up with hot chicken, caviar-topped baked potatoes, and babka bread pudding. You should definitely order all of that, but don’t forget the dry-aged cheeseburger with tarragon mustard, too.
Whether you like your burger as conventional as Derek or as all-over-the-place as Brennan, you’ll find what you’re looking for at White Star in Jersey City. This Jersey City bar serves more than 10 different burgers, all of which are available for delivery. No matter which one you choose, make sure to order a side of their phenomenal buffalo wings as well.
Kimchi mayo is the golden gun of condiments - it’s a cheat code that guarantees success. Nowon understands this, and lathers it onto a juicy, charred double cheeseburger made with dry-aged steak. Order it for pickup or delivery from this East Village Korean spot, and add honey butter tater tots or chopped cheese rice cakes as a side.
We tend to go with a double shack with fries, but there’s no right or wrong way to go about your burger order at Shake Shack. There is, however, a wrong way to end your order, and that’s by not getting a shake.
While a dry-aged cheeseburger from a locally-sourced American spot sounds as exciting as a first date with someone fresh out of a long-term relationship, Lighthouse always manages to set itself apart in the details. The burger comes with jalapeno mayo and onion jam, as well as a bunch of fantastic fries, all for $15. Order it for delivery with a mason jar of negronis or a $25 bottle of natural wine.
Clinton Hall is offering an abbreviated menu for delivery, which means that it’s only serving four types of burgers rather than the usual 10. So while you won’t be able to get the version with a fondue-stuffed bun, you can still get the double smashburger that oozes cheese and sauce (which is better anyway). You can also order growlers of beer, bottles of liquor, and board games like Operation and Jenga.
We once brought some out-of-town friends to Corner Bistro, and when their burgers arrived, they asked us how they were supposed to eat it. The classic burger is basically just a giant, thick patty, and it looks more like a steak wearing a bread toupee than a burger. But the greasy patty is delicious, especially topped with cheese and bacon, and you can decide how to eat it for yourself after ordering delivery or pickup from this classic spot’s location in LIC.
If you’ve been to Katz’s 100 times, there’s a decent chance that you’ve eaten 100 Katz’s pastrami sandwiches. That’s understandable - their pastrami is incredible - but it’s also a shame, because this LES institution serves a great burger. It’s extremely rich and fatty on its own, and doesn’t need anything besides some house pickles, which you should order on the side.
Tom’s is a diner, and like most diners, its menu is about as long as an Atlantic think piece. It includes an entire section of burgers that run the gamut from a standard hamburger to a “pizza burger” with mozzarella and tomato sauce. This Prospect Heights classic is best known for breakfast, which they deliver all day, so consider adding a side of pancakes to whichever burger you choose.
You might think of Harry’s as a place where people discuss bulls and bears over $125 porterhouses. That’s fair, and the $125 porterhouse is now available for delivery from this classic FiDi steakhouse. But so is the $18 sirloin burger with fries, which is excellent and usually only available at lunch.
The Ascolana olives at this all-day Italian spot in Carroll Gardens are deep-fried and stuffed with minced meats, and they’re some of our favorite drinking snacks in Brooklyn. So good things happen when you put those olives into a three-meat burger, and serve it with provolone, bacon, and caramelized onions on a pretzel bun.
Blue Collar serves the kind of food you’d usually eat while watching someone in a white paper cap flip patties and tell stories about the old days. Now you might be watching your roommates rehearse Tik Tok videos in the living room, but you’ll still enjoy this Bushwick spot’s tater tots, chicken tenders, and thin, smashed burgers with American cheese and squishy buns.
All seven Westville locations are offering food and alcohol for takeout or delivery all day long. In other words, you can default to this American spot for all kinds of situations, just like you always do. That includes when you’re in the mood for a very good burger and fries.
The classic burger at Harlem Shake comes with two patties, cheese, pickles, onions, and sauce. It’s already quite a bit of food, especially for $7, but it’s only the beginning. You can customize it with toppings ranging from extra patties to jerk mayo to pickled cherry pepper and bacon relish. However far down that path you decide to go, make sure to finish your order - for pickup or delivery - with a shake.
Deciding between the burger and buffalo wings at Bonnie’s is like choosing between Ryan Gosling in Drive and Ryan Gosling in La La Land. They’re different moods, but you generally want both. If you don’t feel like adding to the growing mound of leftovers in your fridge, just get the Bonnie’s Burger, which comes with roasted peppers and buffalo sauce.
We have no idea how many potential burger permutations there are at this Upper East Side spot, but figuring it out would probably make a middle school math teacher trip over himself on the way to the chalkboard. Choosing the type of patty and how you want it cooked are simple enough, but then things get more complicated. Do you keep it simple or go with a challah bun? American or ghost pepper cheese? Wasabi aioli or spicy mango chutney? And do you add a fried egg? If all of that seems overwhelming, just go with one of their specialty burgers, which are available for takeout or delivery until 9:45pm daily.
Queens Bully does meat very well. That goes for this Forest Hills spot’s slow-cooked BBQ, which is available in sandwich form on its delivery menu, and for its burgers. You can keep it simple with the classic Bully Burger, or remind yourself that you’re ordering from a BBQ spot with the Kew Burger, which is topped with house bacon and barbecue sauce.
You can’t order the burger by itself for delivery from Camperdown Elm. Instead, the double cheeseburger comes as part of a $25 set menu along with kabocha squash and Japanese fried chicken. You won’t complain.
While this place sounds like a haberdashery you’d find on your way to the Catskills, it’s just a small bar on the Upper East Side that does a few simple things really well. One of those things is mac and cheese, and another is a very thick, very juicy burger served on an english muffin. Order both - they’re available for takeout or delivery by calling the restaurant at 212-249-0069.
All burger and beer specials are worth keeping an eye on, but the $20 version at Bronx Drafthouse deserves to be watched like The Truman Show. That’s because the burger here is a perfectly portioned tower of brioche, meat, cheese, and onion jam, and the beer is your choice of two cans from their selection of mostly local breweries. It also comes with a big portion of crispy, hand-cut fries.
You always know what you’re going to get with The Smith, and that’s OK, because what you get is always good, and the burger is no exception. It’s a juicy bacon cheeseburger with an ideal meat-to-bun ratio that comes with a giant mound of thin, salty fries on the side. Order it for takeout or delivery with a beer for $20.
A burger and a beer is a classic combination, but there’s nothing to stop you from subbing out beers for a bottle of montepulciano from Australia or skin-contact pinot gris from Maryland. That’s especially true at Frankie in downtown Jersey City. Along with a very good cheeseburger topped with garlic aioli, this Australian spot is offering bottles from its natural wine list for pickup and delivery as well.
Walker’s is a casual neighborhood bar that people who live around Tribeca typically use as a pitstop between the office and the couch. And it still is, even if the office now doubles as the couch. The 8-ounce sirloin burger and a few select beers are available for pick-up or delivery on their website.
Toad Style serves three different rich, messy cheeseburgers, which sounds par for the course on this guide. But what makes this Bed-Stuy comfort food spot different is the fact that it’s 100% vegan, with mushroom and lentil patties topped with things like avocado and cashew-dill cheese.
Paul’s in the East Village offers more than 20 types of burgers, which range from a classic half-pounder with pickles and onions to a one topped with ham and mushrooms that resembles a deconstructed western omelette. All but two cost less than $10, and they’re available for delivery or pickup until 11pm every day.
Charlie’s serves high-end bar food in Mott Haven, including a delicious bacon cheeseburger topped with a mound of caramelized onions. Get that burger and a beer for delivery or takeout for $15, or make use of some other specials they’re currently offering, like $20 margarita pitchers or half-price bottles of wine.
If you’re a burger purist, then your delivery order from Clover Club is simple - a prime beef burger cooked however you like. But if you’re in the camp that considers any meat between a bun to be a burger, then you have a tough decision to make, as this Cobble Hill spot serves a fantastic lamb burger topped with goat cheese. Either way, opt for the duck fat potato chips as your side.
This seasonal American spot in LIC is called LIC Market, and its burger is called The Burger. But whatever time they saved in keeping the names simple, they seem to have put towards making the food delicious. The juicy burger is served on a caramelized onion bun with cheese and aioli, and it comes with crispy home fries that’d be a must-order on their own. Call 718-361-0013 for delivery or takeout, and ask them to recommend a bottle of natural wine, too.
It doesn’t really matter if you order the burger from Keg & Lantern to help balance out all the beers you’re getting, or if you order a bunch of beers because you don’t feel like pairing a delicious burger with whatever’s in the back of your fridge. Order the half-pound burger, which comes with chipotle aioli and hand-cut fries, and a few of the nearly 20 different beers brewed on-site at this Greenpoint bar.