Selecting burger favorites is like picking favorite children - it's nearly impossible because you (supposedly) love them all. But if you look at our rankings, you'll find Burger Joint and Shake Shack sitting at the top of the heap. We'll say this, when it comes to a fast food style burger in New York City, The Joint and The Shack are the two kings. We are particularly fond of Burger Joint's char grilled masterpiece. It's thick enough that it could be considered a "restaurant" burger, but it's not so big that you don't immediately need a nap after eating it.
Our biggest issue with the original Burger Joint inside Le Parker Meridian has always been the ridiculous line you need to wait in to procure one. Well, that problem has now been solved. We hit up this relatively new location in Greenwich Village recently and were pleased to find zero line and a pretty much identical burger. We say "pretty much" because this one doesn't quite have the same grill flavor on the patty as the original Burger Joint beef does. The downtown restaurant also doesn't have the faux-divey charm as the original, nor does it have the overall character. However, not only can you walk right up to the counter and order, but it's a way more comfortable place to eat, with seating galore and an actual bar with good beers on tap. No need to stress about getting a table, just focus ordering properly and stuffing your face.
Ordering the right way, as is detailed above the cash register on a hand written poster board, is mandatory at Burger Joint. They'll give you sh*t if you don't have your act together when you roll up. Our order is fail proof: Burger. Cheese. Medium Rare. The Works. And then boom, seven minutes later out pops a delicious beef sandwich with your name on it.
McDonald's-style shoe strings that come in a brown paper bag. Order your own. You won't want to share any.
They don't compare to other burger spots, but if you're in the mood for something sweet, a shake will do. Also, if they have the homemade brownies when you're there, get one. They're awesome.