Dear AHT: What Are NYC's 'Must Eat' Burgers? Here Are Our Favorites

Here's an email we recently received in the AHT inbox. You can drop us a line at [email protected] with all your questions and suggestions.


Burger from Zaitzeff. [Photographs: Robyn Lee, unless otherwise noted]

Dear AHT, Letters From Our ReadersI am visiting New York for the first time this March and wanted to know which burgers you recommend as must eats.

Aside from Shake Shack I don't know what else I must try. Also, I'm staying in Brooklyn.

- Travis C.

Although the Serious Eats community has recently weighed in about their favorite burgers in Talk and on Serious Eats New York, Travis's question gives a good opportunity for those of us behind AHT to share our favorite burgers in the city (and share some burger porn you may have missed over the years). Here are our favorites aside from Shake Shack, which we all love.

Map of Favorite NYC Burgers

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Adam Kuban (founder of AHT): Zaitzeff [review 1 and 2] Molly's Shebeen [review]


Fat Cat burger from Bill's Bar and Burger.

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt (Food Lab contributor): Bill's Bar and Burger [review] The Spotted Pig [review 1 and 2, and a recipe] BLT Burger [review]


Cheeseburger from Fairway Cafe.

Ed Levine (founder of Serious Eats): Fairway Cafe [review] Minetta Tavern's Black Label Burger [review] Savoy [review]


Black Label Burger from Minetta Tavern. [Photograph: Nick Solares]

Nick Solares (NYC correspondent): Minetta Tavern's Black Label Burger [review] RUB BBQ [review]


Cheeseburger from Veselka.

Robyn Lee (editor of AHT): Veselka [review 1 and 2] Diner [review]