My Five Favorite Burgers

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A burger from Shake Shack

My top five burgers in New York City:

<!-- -->Peter Luger, but only when they can figure out how to serve a burger medium-rare.

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<!-- -->Shake Shack: I know it's a cliché, but nobody gets the bun-to-meat ratio right except these guys, and that salty crust is so damn fine.

Telepan: Chef Bill Telepan is now serving that great burger he perfected at the Judson Grill. Bonus: It comes with great sourdough onion rings.

<!-- -->Prime Burger: Tell them to make it from scratch, and don't waste any calories on the french fries. Have a piece of pie, instead. And dig the swiveling school desk tables for one.

<!-- -->The Good Fork: Great burger in Red Hook, but alas, only fair onion rings.

Honorable mentions: The Spotted Pig, Blue Smoke

Peter Luger

Address: 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (map)
Phone: 718-387-7400
Website: peterluger.com

Shake Shack

Address: 10 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010 (inside Madison Square Park; map)
Phone: 212-889-6600
Website: shakeshacknyc.com

Telepan

Address: 72 West 69th Street, New York, NY 10023 (b/n Columbus and Central Park West; map)
Phone: 212-580-4300
Website: telepan-ny.com

Prime Burger

Address: 5 East 51st Street, New York, NY 10022 (b/n Madison and 5th; map)
Phone: 212-759-4729
Website: primeburger.com

The Good Fork

Address: 391 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (map)
Phone: 718-643-6636
Website: goodfork.com