photo credit: Willa Moore

A burger from Smacking Burger.

Smacking Burger


West Village

$$$$Perfect For:Quick EatsLate Night Eats
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You probably didn’t know this, because you are a New Yorker and you can’t drive a car, but there is a gas station in the West Village making $5.50 smashburgers with onions, american cheese, and sweet pickles. Smacking Burger is about the size of a supply closet, and if you’re open to spending $9, you can upgrade to a double patty burger, or the O.K.T.O, which is smothered in horseradish sauce. They’re open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, and there’s a picnic table outside where you can eat, in case it’s 1:30am and you need beef right now. Learn how to pump gas as you ingest one of the most affordable burgers in NYC—even a quarter-pounder at your closest McDonald’s costs more.

The exterior of Smacking Burger.

photo credit: Willa Moore

Food Rundown

The Classic

At $5.50, there’s not much we can complain about here, but it’s worth noting that they use sweet pickles. Not our favorite, but nowhere near a dealbreaker. (Because, again, it’s $5.50.)

The Big Smack

If the main reason you eat burgers is for that classic pink-ish special sauce, consider The Big Smack. At two patties, it’s also more substantial than the classic, and it’s still under $10.

O.K.T.O Oklahoma 2.0

You have to love horseradish to love this burger. If you do, order the O.K.T.O, which has enough onions on top to necessitate a gum purchase. The sharp horseradish sauce is a nice balance with the beef and american cheese.

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