Best Burgers in NYC: Honorable Mentions

By Patty Lee  |  August 26, 2014

New Yorkers are opinionated about everything and that's especially true when it comes to burgers, so we weren't surprised that you had a lot to say about the city's bun-and-patty scene. Plenty of classics made our top ten list (who isn't a fan of Burger Joint's minimalist take?), but there were also a few unexpected upsets in our first ever Burger Survey, like California import Umami Burger nabbing a spot instead of the oft-revered Corner Bistro. Here, we're giving a shout-out to some of the contenders that didn't make the final cut, from cult-favorite hits to write-in winners.

  • Cult Favorites

    Again and again, certain dishes prove that quality beats quantity. While these cult-favorite hits didn't pull in a lot of votes, they scored high in the ratings department. Voters agree that the lunch-only Steakhouse Burger ($12, pictured above) at The Brindle Room has such a good char, you'll wish it was available all day long. At Bonnie's Grill, it's the "delicious and juicy beef" that makes the Spiced Black Angus Burger ($11.95) so memorable. Fellow Park Slope pub The Dram Shop uses thin patties ($11) that remind diners of their favorite fast food burger, but with far better flavor because of the quality ingredients.

  • Populist Patties

    When they're looking for a quick meat fix and don't have time to wait in line at The Spotted Pig or Minetta Tavern, voters hit up a handful of places for solid alternatives. Customization is the biggest draw at national chains like Five Guys and Bareburger, which are "a couple of notches above the rest [of the] fast burger places." Others rely on homegrown favorites such as 5 Napkin ​— for its sizable Original 5 Napkin burger ($15.95) — and P.J. Clarke's, where the bacon-topped Cadillac ($17.85, pictured above) remains a power lunch staple.

  • Credit: E. Kheraj

    Just Missed the Top Ten

    A top ten winner in Miami, the Original db Burger ($35) at db Bistro Moderne narrowly missed our top ten list. The decadent burger draws rave reviews because luxe additions like foie gras and black truffle don't upstage the true star — as one voter put it, "the beef takes center stage. It's a standout."

  • Non-Beef Pick

    Beef still reigns supreme in New York City's burger scene, with one standout exception: the chargrilled lamb burger ($21) at April Bloomfield's Ace Hotel gastropub, The Breslin. Topped with feta and slicked with a housemade cumin mayo, the sandwich is so good, one diner simply calls it "the best burger I have ever eaten."

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    Write-In Winners

    Diners were so passionate about some of the favorites missing from our list of best burger nominees, they chimed in with write-in votes. Longtime burger slinger Jackson Hole deserves a nod for "doing it right for far longer than most of the other newcomers," while Burger Bistro (which has locations in Bay Ridge, Park Slope and the Upper East Side) wins stomachs over with a build-your-own approach. Over in Queens, the burgers at Woodside standby Donovan's Pub have also amassed a loyal following and, thanks to its use of fresh ingredients and a flavorful patty, Miami transplant BurgerFi (pictured above) is now part of one voter's regular line-up.