When you travel to New York, one of the world’s greatest cities, you should definitely take advantage of the wide range of food it offers.

Thanks to New York’s multiculturalism, you can try Jamaican, Vietnamese, Chinese, but one thing is for sure, you must try American cuisine. In other words, New York is one of the best places for burgers.

They are so good that they alone are a good reason to travel to the United States. To do so, however, you must apply for an ESTA in advance. If you are a European citizen, crossing the Atlantic has never been easier!

Fortunately, there is no longer any need to go to an embassy and pay exorbitant fees like for a visa. In a few minutes, the ESTA can be issued, and you can be on your way to the United States for a weekend or a week of discovery and tasting!

1. Maison Yaki

First of all, this French yakitori restaurant, is known for serving exceptional dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. So it’s no surprise that its burger is one of the most unique in the whole city.

Maison Yaki’s double wagyu burger is topped with a melted raclette and umami-laden black Hollandaise that slides down the side of the bun like lava coming down from a volcano. The creamy black sauce adds a gooey element to each bite, giving you the same sensation as a runny egg in the form of a thick paste.

Overall, the rich sauce is a nice touch, but it’s not the only thing that makes this burger great. The juicy beef is cooked perfectly, the crisp coleslaw and shiitake adds a satisfying crunch, and when it arrives on your table, it looks like a masterpiece. Full of calories is guaranteed, but it’s so good!

Best burgers in New York City

Hamburger wagyu de Maison Yaki

626 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

2. Red Hook Tavern

The burger at Red Hook Tavern is all meat. It’s just a big patty with American cheese and a section of onion on a sesame bun that plays its role perfectly without causing distractions. The burger is incredibly rich and salty, there’s no doubt you could eat several in one sitting.

Maybe it’s because the patty is surprisingly light for its size, or maybe it’s because you lack restraint. The only thing you might not like about this burger is that it comes with potato wedges, the least acceptable form of fries.

329 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

3. Bond Street Café

Located just off the canal in the Gowanus neighborhood, this local American cafe specializes in coffee, breakfasts like avocado toast, and a long list of hot and cold sandwiches. Since last year, the Bond Street Cafe menu also includes a special burger made in collaboration with the famous Brooklyn pizzeria, Lucali.

The Lucali Burger’s double patties are made with a mix of brisket and prime rib from local butcher Paisanos and are served with melted American cheese, onions, pickles, mustard and ketchup on a bun.

365 Bond St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

4. Emily

You can easily go to Emily’s, order one of their famous pizzas and leave without a second thought. But unlike the soggy, largely ignored meatball parmesan at your childhood pizzeria, Emily’s burger is not a disposable addition to the menu – it’s what makes it a destination.

In fact, the best thing you can do here is order your pizza as a side with your burger (don’t worry, you’ll make room). The Emmy Burger features a dry-aged Fleisher’s patty, rich Grafton cheddar, sweet caramelized onions and buffalo-look Emmy sauce, all served on a Tom Cat pretzel bun. But availability is limited, so get your order in early.

919 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238

5. P.J. Clarke’s

A true Old New York establishment, P.J. Clarke’s has been serving up beers and burgers to its patrons since 1884. The Clarke Burger is served no-frills with tomatoes, lettuce and onions, with a plethora of toppings available, including a fried egg, béarnaise sauce, four different varieties of cheese, avocado, double-smoked bacon and sautéed onions.


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But the crowd favorite is the “Cadillac,” named because jazz icon Nat King Cole sampled the ground beef patty with double-smoked bacon, onions and American cheese, and proclaimed it “the Cadillac of burgers.”

All burgers are served with dill pickles and a slice of onion underneath, in a nod to the days when burgers were served on paper plates and the onion soaked up the juices to keep the plate dry.

915 Third Avenue, at 55th Street New York, NY 10022


With this information in mind and with a plane ticket in your possession and a valid ESTA, the only difficult thing will be to decide which of these five places you will choose. Or, make it easy on yourself and go to all five places.

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