You can do your own Google search for the Best Burger in NYC, and you’ll find a million different answers. I hope to try them all some day. But for now, the top spot goes to Corner Bistro for me. Greenwich Village. West 4th Street. It’s a tiny place, old, dark, a little dingy, and all around perfect by my standards. Give me this over the “fine dining” any day of the week.
The best burgers, in my opinion, are the ones that are kept simple. Less is more. Here and there I’ll dabble with something extravagant, but I default to the classics. Nobody does that better than Corner Bistro. When you’re sitting in a corner booth in the back at a wooden table that has probably occupied all walks of life for decades, when you see the “Cash Only” sign, when the entire menu consists of only 9 options, when the beers arrive ice cold in big glass mugs, when you take that first bite of the Bistro Burger, everything feels right. Nothing else matters but being in that moment, savoring every bite, taking it all in.
Want to do it right? Sit down and order a round of McSorley’s right away. You’ll probably have at least 2 more. Order the Bistro Burger, medium rare. There’s no gimmicks with this one: thick patty, American cheese, crispy (deep fried) bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles. It’s the quintessential cheeseburger. Order your own fries, trust me.
The chili looks awesome, though I’ve never had it. And I hear the Grilled Cheese is outstanding too.
Corner Bistro is the kind of place where you really can’t go wrong. They’ve been doing the same thing for a long time, and it just works. They don’t complicate things. Everything seems effortless. It’s bliss. It’s the best burger in NYC.