While we’ll always fondly remember the white cheddar-blanketed burger at Oola’s, that spot closed and made way for Smashed to open on Orchard Street in early 2020. And residents of the Lower East Side are lucky to have one amazing burger spot replace another. The meat on these smashed patties is perfectly seasoned, comes topped with cheese, oozing special sauce, raw onions, and has those thin crispy edges that really set smash burgers apart. Our order is a double with the works, but you can also get up to three patties, go for their version of a Big Mac, or sub in Impossible burgers. Plus, their covered outdoor area in front is a great place to people-watch. Last time we were here, the people at the table over were recounting their latest ayahuasca retreat and scheming plans to start a fast-casual chain that also sells vintage sneakers, all the while chowing down on burgers and beef fat fries.
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Gazab should be your go-to on the Lower East Side for a casual weeknight dinner full of delicious Indian dishes.
Dominican Cravings in Essex Market serves great patacones, including the amazing breakfast version called “Tres Golpes.”
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The P.J. Clarke’s in Battery Park serves the same great burgers as the other locations, but this one has outdoor seating with views of the Hudson.
Hudson Malone is a rare Midtown East pub where you can eat good food and watch sports on TV at the very same time.
Island Burgers & Shakes
For a quick hitter in Hell's Kitchen, Island Burgers & Shakes is a decent local option. Beyond that, please do us a favor and venture elsewhere for a burger more satisfying.
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Emily in Clinton Hill still makes excellent pizza and burgers, just don’t expect it to be the exciting restaurant it was when it opened in 2014.
Saigon Social serves phenomenal Vietnamese food on the Lower East Side, and it’s one of our favorite new restaurants of 2020.
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