The culinary options in New York City are as bountiful and diverse as any in the world. Here you’ll find anything your palate desires, including many innovative dishes that dare to challenge traditional cuisine. However, standing tall amidst the cuttlefish, sweetbreads and ubiquitous dumplings is the tried and true hamburger. Not just your everyday, bland beef patty but gourmet burgers skillfully created at some of the city’s finest hotels. This is where patties rule supreme.
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HAND FORMED MEYER BURGER (Iroquois Hotel, 49 W 44th St) A staple on the New York food scene, Triomphe is now led by Swiss-born Executive Chef Florian Wehrli. The unpretentious and intimate ambience of Triomphe allows guests to truly enjoy their dining experience with delectable yet mindful local dishes such as the Hand Formed Meyer Burger with green peppercorn sauce and garlic whipped potatoes. The burger is garnished with herbs and spices from the roof garden atop the hotel. Diners can add their choice of cheddar, roquefort, gruyere or seared foie gras.
LE PARKER MERIDIEN BURGER (Le Parker Meridien, 119 W 56th St) No fuss, no hoopla. Just a mouthwatering, down-home burger, grilled to request — with mustard, mayo, ketchup, pickles, lettuce, tomato and onions. Well, Le Parker Meridien created a little roadside stand, a country joint, maybe the perfect burger spot of your dreams. There are plain old wood walls, banquettes and space to pull up a bar stool if you like. Add 50 cents for a cheeseburger. Fries are addictive.
THE GOTHAM BURGER (Four Seasons Hotel New York, 57 E 57th St) In addition to such signature dishes as a buttery smoked salmon, the Four Seasons also offers its guests a char-grilled, hand-shaped, ten-ounce burger made from 100 percent prime beef. The Gotham Burger is lightly seasoned, grilled to order and served with New York cheddar, crispy fried onions, Bibb lettuce, sliced beefsteak tomatoes and house pickles on a kaiser roll. Roasted pepper aioli and shoe string fries complete this delicious burger.
THE MARK CHEESEBURGER (The Mark Hotel, 25 E 77th St) The Mark Hotel offers some amazing burgers at The Mark Restaurant by Chef Jean-Georges. These include the Grilled Tuna Burger with shiso and yuzu pickles, the famous Mark Cheeseburger with brie and black truffle dressing, and an Avocado Ranch Cheeseburger with crispy onions and Russian dressing. Delicious sides include sautéed spinach, green and yellow beans with olive oil and sea salt, sautéed kale, and maitake mushrooms with sesame and lime.
FRANBURGER (Sofitel Hotel, 45 W 44th St) The Franburger was created by Executive Chef Sylvain Harribey — winner of Food Network’s Chopped. The Fran is an Angus burger topped with melted brie, tomato and romaine lettuce served on a crispy sourdough baguette with a side of caramelized onions and piment d’Espelette aioli and French fries. The brie comes from France and the baguettes are baked daily at the hotel from Parisian sourdough.