766 9th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764405 -73.988281
Neighborhoods: Clinton, Midtown
The burgers here have their fans, and some of them are really quite immoderate in their enthusiasm. But the real draw at Island are the shakes, which are some of the best in town. Not that the burgers aren't good; but they benefit a lot from the room and the shakes.
Awesome Burgers - So so service – While the service isn't great the food makes up for it. I always bring friends when they're in town. EVERYONE loves the place.
Fantastic – Among the best burgers in the city. Rest of menu is great as well. Salads are huge and delicious. Chicken Churrascos are large and tender. Fast delivery. Highly recommended.
Island Burgers and Shake Shack have the best burgers in the city by far.
Bloody Lovely – Island serves a SERIOUSLY GREAT hamburger. I've had take out from there 4 times now since I first stopped by two weeks ago (always the "people's choice" burger) and it's been better than perfect each time. The service is attentive and friendly and the burgers are swoon worthy. I've always ordered medium rare and they come just as they should - fat, slightly charred on the outside and very pink and juicy at the center. A co-worker of mine has had a couple of burgers from Island ordered well done and thought they were TOO done, so you should probably keep that in mind. As for me, I've never had a better burger in NYC at any price.
Great food for cheap prices – Excellent grilled chicken sandwiches and burgers with any topping you can think of. Huge portions - two of us ordered chips and guacamole (which was very good, sort of spicy) and were full by the time our sandwiches came. The sandwiches, however, are so so good. Great grilled chicken, huge burgers. The sesame buns are my favorite. Also, they have great milkshakes - very chocolatey and thick. Service may be a bit slow, but is friendly and laid back. The entire restaurant is relaxed and laid back. They play good music and have lots of magazines/newspapers to read. Its my new favorite place.
A West Coast-style, french fry-less burger shack that attracts a deservedly cultish following. – The Scene
The long, narrow restaurant feels like it could have been imported from a Malibu roadside. The colorful interior features bright orange-and-red tables, along with paintings and mirrors rendered in the shape of surfboards. Waitstaff go about their work with all the lackadaisical flourish befitting a casual hamburger joint.
Both the burgers and grilled chicken breast sandwiches rank among the best in New York. The charred-on-the-outside, fist-sized patties are cooked precisely to order, and the menu touts a dizzying 63 varieties of burger and bird, with everything from the basic with cheese to more elaborate concoctions like the satisfying Derby (with bacon, real blue cheese and sliced avocado). Whatever you order, rich, buttery sauteed onions are a must. Much has been made of Island's lack of french fries--space and cost are cited on the menu--but an order of thick crispy salt and vinegar chips almost satisfies the craving.
overcooked! – The restaurant is small, but that didn't bother us too much. The service was friendly and their burger menu is extensive. However, being that they specialize in burgers, they should be able to cook it to the appropriate temperature. We ordered our burgers cooked "medium", and even though the waitress warned us that it would be a very pink burger, they came out very well done.
DON'T ORDER DELIVERY! – Don't know about restaurant orders, but our delivery orders (burger and salad) just arrived completely mushed up and with oil dripping down the bag, not very appetizing. Of course as always, the delivery boy was totally unfazed. Sigh, is there anyplace out there with customer service anymore?
63 Different Burgers!!! – The menu might make your nervous, but the food will make you grin. If you cannot decide what you want, try the bourbon street or the mona lisa (2 of my favorites). The burgers are so big, its hard to stuff them into your mouth without watching them fall apart. Meat is top notch, toppings are one of a kind. Servers are layed back, but food arrives rapidly. Overall, there's something for everyone, including HUGE salads.
How much u willing 2 endure for great food? – While the Derrick's churasco is in my unesteemed opinion consistently brilliant, so too is the unwaveringly terrible service & cramped quarters. There aren't more than 9 inches between the edges of the tables, which are teensy islands best shepherded with surgeon's precision. They tried to bring me & my friend the caesar and sandwiches simultaneously last night; are u kidding?!? Where would they go?!? "Fortunately" the sandwiches weren't what we ordered; unfortunately the replacements took THIRTY solid minutes to arrive. They were busy; that's still not a valid excuse. Great food, awful service & seating. Get it to go & you'll not be disappointed, but not everyone lives close by.
Sumptueous salads, beautiful burgers – One of the best cheap eats in the city. Burgers are juicy and the salads are huge and superfresh.
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