NY Magazine's Cheap Eats issue is out this week and they've included their top five burger joints in the city. Can't really argue, although I haven't made it to Donovan's Pub yet. Here's the list for your perusal.
SHAKE SHACK A stinging slap in the face of the Great Gourmet Burger Movement from a few years back, the Shack Burger is a thing of simple beauty, made from a freshly ground mix of sirloin and brisket, loosely packed and served on a squishy bun that quickly becomes one with the crisp-edged meat.
BLUE SMOKE This is the second-best burger in town, and it’s no surprise that, like the Shack Burger above (to say nothing of the great burger at Union Square Cafe), it comes from a Danny Meyer kitchen. Meyer is known as a groundbreaking restaurateur, but his greatest legacy might be his contribution to the burger pantheon.
BURGER JOINT A no-frills char-grilled burger, well proportioned and modestly accoutred, that never fails to hit the spot.
DONOVAN’S PUB The city’s premier bar burger. Order it with grilled onions and American cheese, and have it at the bar, a room thick with history and the occasional impenetrable brogue.
SCHNÄCK You can order up to four 1-ounce Schnäckie patties stuffed into a single house-made mini-bun. But it’s more fun to order a whole pile of singles as if you were training for a competitive-eating contest.
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