5 classic NYC Burgers you have to eat
This is a guest post by Rev Ciancio, director of marketing at Burger Maker and the founder of The Burger Week, a 7 day series of events celebrating all things hamburger.
While I’ve spent a lot of time in Boston, I really haven’t eaten a lot of Burgers there. In fact, at this point, it’s one of those cities where I wouldn’t really be able to even give someone a list of recommendations off the top of my head. When I am in need of Burger knowledge in Beantown, one of my sources is the Boston Burger Blog. Richard’s passion for a good Burger and a desire to share them creates a great source of knowledge for those looking to get Boston Burger Crazy. When Richard and I decided to create some content for each other, I thought to myself what would I want to know from him that would help me to determine where I should eat Burgers in Boston. Do I want the latest and greatest or am I looking to go old school? Am I interested in the hippest spots? Am I looking for some fancy Chef driven gourmet Burgers? Well the answers to all of those questions are basically some form of yes, however it’s not where I would want to get started. I want to eat where it started. I want to chow down on the Burgers that make Boston a Burger town. Give me the Classics. Show me the old school joints that have been setting the Burger pace for years and years because having a foundation is an important way to start anything. So with that, allow me to do that for you about the city I call home, New York City.
5 Classic NYC Burgers That You Have To Eat– by David “Rev” Ciancio
3rd Ave New York, NY 1002 Neighborhood: Upper East Side
As I once learned from Burger historian, George Motz, this classic New York Burger joint ranks among Mayor Bloomberg’s favorites. They’ve been serving Burgers at the this Upper East Side staple since 1972 and for the last 16 years, have even had the same Chef. J.G. Melon is a no frills kind of joint that people flock to for one main reason, a delicious pub-style Cheeseburger. There’s only a few tables so chances are you’ll have to wait but don’t overlook the opportunity to sit at the bar and enjoy your meal. It’s one of my favorites and uniquely New York.
915 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022 Neighborhood: Midtown East
While it’s grown into 7 locations, 2 of which are in São Paulo, Brazil, P.J. Clarkes is a true New York original. It’s been around so long that they still call it a saloon. Patrick Joseph Clarke opened the first location in 1884 where it still stands on Third Avenue and 55th St. While the surrounding neighborhood has become a modern jungle of skyscrapers bustling with all types of activity and people, very little has changed inside the restaurant. The place is busy at nearly all hours of the day and it’s because they serve one of the Burgers that make NYC a Burger destination. It’s one of those places that makes the city what it is and in fact, Frank Sinatra even had his own table here. While the menu offers everything from Seafood to Steaks, the Burger is what drives in the crowds. Be sure to try either “The Cadillac” with Smoked Country Bacon and American Cheese or the Hamburger Au Poivre Cracked Pepper Sauce, Grafton Cheddar Cheese, Jimmy Peppers & Onions.
Burger Joint NY
119 West 56th St New York, NY 10019 Neighborhood: Midtown West
I hate waiting in lines but that’s what you do if you want to eat a Burger from the Burger Joint located in the Parker Meridien. You could of course pay a visit to the other location in NYC found in the West Village but then you’re not truly getting the classic experience. Hidden behind a current and a glowing neon Burger sign is one of the tiniest dining areas in NYC, Burger Joint NY. Your best bet to avoid the crowds is go before 11:30 am or call ahead to place your order via phone. Once inside, you’ll find a very short menu: burgers, fries, drinks, and shakes and as they like to say “if you don’t see it, we don’t serve it. It’s a simple small patty, char-grill Burger with the standard toppings along with simple thin-cut fries but it’s all ours and it’s not going
57-24 Roosevelt Ave, New York, NY 11377 Neighborhood: Woodside, Queens
New York City has 5 Boroughs and there are great Burgers in each of them so if you are a real Burger enthusiast coming here to revel in our Burger glory, do not skip out on Donovan’s Pub in Queens. This Irish pub has been open since 1966 and long been claimed to have the #1 rated Burger in New York. It’s a quick trip from Grand Central on the 7 train to Woodside where the restaurant and bar is right down the block from the Woodside stop. Inside you’ll find an old school tavern complete with fireplace and the decor of a classic Irish pub. Nearly everyone dining in the bar will be eating the Donovan’s Pub Cheeseburger, a half-pound, char-grilled Burger on a Sesame Seed bun with a side of Steak Cut Fries. Make sure you follow suit.
Molly’s is among the most classic and definable Irish Pubs in NYC, almost to the point of being clichéd. All wood furniture, mostly Irish beers on tap, wooden floors covered in sawdust, a fireplace, a staff of native born Irishmen and women, Irish music on the jukebox, and a menu with all the classic Irish pub fare like Corned Beef, Shepherds Pie, Lamb Stew, Fish and Chips and of course Cheeseburgers. But there’s one thing that keeps this place from being anything but a mockery, it’s completely authentic. The location originally opened in 1895 where it ran as a bar until prohibition when it switched to being a grocery store. Around the mid 1930s, after the repeal of prohibition, the business began serving alcohol again and became a rooming house for transient workers. In 1964 the business was purchased and re-opened as Molly Malone’s and has been a bar ever since. When I heard the words “Irish Pub style Burger,” I instantly think of Molly’s Shebeen. Their. thick and juicy Cheeseburger defines the terminology. Many come here for to blow off steam over a couple of drinks after work but most end up staying for the Burger and a couple more brews. It’s one of those places where time disappears but you’ll leave happy, full and laughing having had one of New York City’s classic tavern experiences.
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