Splurge: Villard Michel Bistro. The $26 Villard Burger at the Palace Hotel bistro is essentially the same one chef Michel Richard offers at his other restaurants in DC and elsewhere, featuring a high-quality meat blend, an olive-oil brioche bun, tomato confit, and homemade garlic mayo, with a crunchy potato tuile on top. Problem is, if you want a taste of it in NYC, you'll have to pay the extra $8.
Steal: Umami Burger. Truffle burger opulence for under $15? That's a steal. Trust us, we tried all three truffle burger options at the NYC outpost of the Cali-based burger giant. For, $12.95 the truffle burger is one of the tastiest on their entire menu, topped with roasted garlic aïoli, house truffle cheese and a truffle glaze.
Pictured: Umami Burger