Most "best burger" lists you read are grossly out of date; they are analogs to a list of top stars that tops off with Ryan O'Neal. These are the best the city has to offer as of the day this guide was created.
Joey Campanaro's little gem of a restaurant is still one of the preeminent examples of a great New York neighborhood restaurant. The room is supremely cozy and romantic and the food simple but flawless. The burger, served only at lunch, is one of the city's very best.
Nobody has done a better job of recreating the classic, Texas-style double cheeseburger as this Park Slope bar. If you love Dirty Martin's in Austin or Keller's in Dallas, you will love Dram Shop.
Though principally known for its exquisite tapas and first-rate sangria, the secret weapon of this chelsea snack bar is the magnificent El Doble, a double cheeseburger made with mouthwatering raw sheep's milk cheese and heritage beef.
The burgers and hot dogs at this trendy meatpacking joint are all pretty good, but look out for the Fat Cat, a specialty burger served nowhere else in time. With two small crisp patties of LaFrieda beef, two slices of cheese, caramalized onions, and butter on a crisp english muffin, it's really something special.
Talented, ballsy, and not afraid to experiment, the young eponymous chef is making as big a contribution to his generation's dining scene as his famous father did twenty years ago.
This tiny East Village hole in the wall pulls off a comfort food hat trick unmatched in New York City: a world-class hamburger, a top flight pizza, and a grade A fried chicken. The pork chop is pretty good too. The only thing missing is hard liquor.