The Best Burgers in NYC

The Best Burgers in NYC

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Burgers are serious business in this country, up there with fried chicken, barbecue ribs and Twinkies. Ground patties are just as important here as they are anywhere, though they're certainly more expensive in these parts.

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    A $7.75 double Shackburger appears to be a mere thin-patty cheeseburger and potato bun from the outside, but upon first bite, you will be transported to a simpler, more refined time. A time in which calorie counts were not listed on menus.
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    The selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts is the very finest selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts, the bun is a buttery custom brioche. The patty is a simultaneous mixture of meaty & airy, topped with sweet caramelized onions.
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    A basic burger runs $9, a cheeseburger $9.50, and the special "Donovan" burger, packed with peppers, onions and mushrooms, runs $10.25—no Texas-style madness here! But Donovan's patties are thick, juicy and made with rich, high quality beef.
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    The Eastchester burger ($12.95) is the best of the bunch, boasting a thick, round patty topped with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, chili and onion rings. Yes, onion rings. Your cholesterol went up 50 points just by reading this blurb.
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    They've got 19 more burger incarnations beyond the basic menu item, with everything from a bacon, cheese, ham and mushroom "Eastsider" burger ($10.75) to a chili burger made with chili con carne ($7.55). Run there now.
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    For $12, you get a thin patty with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles, served on a sesame street bun with an order of fries on the side. Your burger can be made with mustard and mayonnaise, which feels a little perverse, but it works.
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    The 6 oz Pat LaFrieda bacon cheeseburger served up at this quaint West Village eatery is a Met-worthy masterpiece, made of a fresh short rib and brisket blend and topped with maple-cured bacon and oozing aged cheddar.
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    Burgers are served on English muffins, the superior burger bread, in my opinion. I'm partial to adding cheese ($1 extra), especially the super melty cheddar which envelopes the patty in a dairy hug.
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    There are turkey, veggie, organic lamb and other protein options but for our list, we'll stick to their beef, an 81/19 Angus blend, finely ground and packed into tighter-than-usual patties.
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    This small spot boasts the famed Juicy Lucy, a piping hot patty made of a Pat LaFrieda beef short rib blend and stuffed with piquant, super-melty pimento cheese. The whole shebang is served with caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, spicy pickles and sauce.
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    You can get an excellent plain burger for under $8 or with cheese for $8.50, but if you want to go all out, they've got everything ranging from guacamole-slathered Santa Fe burgers ($12) to fried-egg topped Texan burgers ($8.75).
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