The Best Burger in NYC for Every Budget

The Best Burger in NYC for Every Budget

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We believe these are the finest burgers I've ever had in New York, based on the amount of money you're willing to spend on any given day.

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    What's impressive is that this O.G. sandwich has kept pace with its spawn, continuing to set the standard for haute comfort food even as countless other big-name chefs take shots at the throne.
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    The over-the-top details continue with aged cheddar and a buttered, Maldon salt-sprinkled brioche, but Rendell shows his culinary chops by getting the proportions just right so that all the elements work in harmony.
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    Beautifully composed and ready for its Instagram hero shot, it sports a deeply funky blend of dry-aged short rib, brisket, and chuck that's balanced nicely by confit tomato and spicy pickles. The cheese? Comté, of course.
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    Completing the narrative is a yeasty soft-pretzel bun, engineered by pastry chef Ginger Fisher to stand up to the flavor blitzkrieg.
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    If you're looking for intense, funky minerality, this patty is actually a bargain at $16, especially when you consider that it comes with crispy potatoes (though we wish they were fries) and a moist, buttery roll made by the in-house bakers.
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    The star of the show, though, is the griddled pancetta, which infuses the burger with porky flavor, sans the overwhelming smokiness you often get from bacon.
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    It's rich without being overwhelming, with an awesome grind that's chewier than your average burger. Mustard and crisp house pickles offset the meatiness nicely.
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    P.J. Clarke's serves a bunch of gussied-up burgers that aren't worth the price tag—an eggs Benedict riff with hollandaise sauce, and the upscale-pub standard ahi tuna burger—but it handles the basics with aplomb.
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    The Brindle Room burger is not only the best $12 burger in New York City—it is the best burger, period.
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    The first time you go to Peaches, you get the ridiculously spicy and delicious Nashville-style fried chicken. The second time, you get the fried chicken again.
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    Nothing satisfies a yearning for "old New York" like a trip uptown to J.G. Melon, where you can find the platonic ideal of a bar burger: thick and beefy, with a pliant, toasted bun and blanket of American cheese.
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    Like the $5 range, the $9 range is also rarified burger territory in NYC—above the "cheap" category, but below the gastropub and sit-down restaurant level when prices begin to balloon into double-digits.
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