Scott's Top 5 Burgers in NYC


Au Cheval

33 Cortlandt Alley, New York, NY 10013

My current favorite! Every ingredient is perfect. It’s a work of art. I’ve had it with and without the fried egg both were excellent. I highly recommend the bacon. It’s out of this world. Fries are good but nothing to write home about. Great atmosphere and beer selection too. 

Peter Luger Steak House

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Peter Luger is known for steak, but locals know they have one of the best burgers around. They know beef and the meat is so good. Definitely get their famous thick slab of bacon. You can put half on the burger and eat the other half by itself. Their steak sauce is also a perfect match and the steakhouse fries are solid. They’ve been around since the 1800’s, so if you are looking for a classic NYC burger, this is a great choice. 

P.J. Clarke's

915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Just like Peter Luger, PJ Clarke’s has been around since the 1800’s and if you want a perfect example of a classic NYC burger, their “Cadillac Burger” is it. It’s delicious and also should please burger purists who think a burger should fit a certain mold. The fries are my favorite and similar to McDonalds fries. So good!

JG Melon

1291 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

JG Melon is another perfect example of a classic NYC burger. It’s so delicious and lives up to the hype. Lots of New Yorkers claim this as their favorite burger and it’s a respectable choice. The cottage fries are good, but not my personal favorite. 

Emily - West Village

35 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

Emily is the one burger on my list that unconventional, so you burger purists may not agree with me. My criteria for food is how happy it makes my mouth and this burger gave my mouth an orgasm! Love the pretzel bun, the meat, the cheese, and every bite was amazing. The curly fries are tasty but not my favorite and a little greasy for my taste. But the burger is just amazing. They have other locations and are known for their pizza, but I’ve only been to this one.