New York City should have a dedicated task force to hunt down and expel tourists who fly all the way here just to eat at McDonalds, Burger King and Wendys. I don’t care if your kids are crying because they want a happy meal, if you come here just to eat the same lowest denominator junk you can get at home you have completely wasted your trip. Instead, have the really high-quality junk. The hamburger is the almighty icon of junk food in the United States, and here in NYC we have elevated it to a high art form. In fact if you spend your vacation sampling our wide array of ground beef patty faire, I’d say you spent your vacation well. There are dozens of great places to go, for your burger fix, but our first entry in our burger series are burgers proudly invented right here in NYC.
DB Bistro Moderne’s Orginal DB Burger($35): Before every dreamer who could work a griddle tried to reinvent the hamburger, DB Bistro Moderne planted their flag in 2001 with their DB Burger. This is haute cuisine meets American roadside with an explosion of flavor. In the middle of this sirloin behemoth is braised short rib, foie gras, and black truffles. It represents ethos of a city where white shoe lawyers and plumbers squish together on the subway.
Five Napkin Burger’s The original Five Napkin Burger $16.75: Upper West Side French Bistro Nice Matin had a cult appreciation for it’s Five Napkin Burger. So the owner made a whole restaurant based around it. This beauty offers ten ounces of fresh ground beef, gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, and rosemary aioli. A French touch to the American classic. They offer six varieties of the beef classic as well as a lamb, turkey, tuna, and veggie.
Minetta Tavern’s Black Label Burger $28: This is the burger that took New York by storm. In 2009 you couldn’t go a week without hearing about the majestic Black Label burger. A secret melange 60-day aged beef cuts including short rib, skirt, brisket and ribeye. It is drizzled with clarified butter, heaped with salt &pepper, while only topped with sauteed onions. This baby is all about the beef. Sure you could get cheese, but this beauty needs none at all.
– Mark Gilman, Tour Guide