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14 Burger Recommendations from New York's Hottest Chefs

14 chefs weigh in on their favorite neighborhood spots to get a reliable burger.

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In honor of Burger Week, Eater asked some of New York's best chefs to tell us their favorite New York City burgers. Specifically, we asked for the cheap burgers and the neighborhood favorites — the burger they'd eat after a long night working the line. Below, a guide to the go-to burgers for chefs like Andy Ricker, April Bloomfield, Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, and many more.

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Xi'an Famous Foods

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Chef Andy Ricker, of the wildly popular Thai eatery Pok Pok, says his favorite off-duty burger is the spicy cumin lamb burger made at Xi'an Famous Foods: "It's not really a burger...but it also is not NOT a burger, 'cause they say it's a burger, it is shaped like a burger and I am willing to suspend disbelief 'cause it's fucking delicious."[FLickr/Ron Dollete]

The Spotted Pig

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The ever-sophisticated Jean-Georges Vongerichten says his favorite burger is from the Spotted Pig. He "orders it medium and loves the Roquefort and the hollowed out brioche bun." The restaurant also happens to be three blocks from his house, so he can "walk home and digest." [Nick Solares]

5 & Diamond

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Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson, of Harlem's Red Rooster and the new rotisserie chicken spot Streetbird recommends another Harlem spot when he needs a burger fix: "When I'm craving a really good burger in Harlem, I go to 5 and Diamond on Frederick Douglass Boulevard. This is my favorite burger in neighborhood, and I go really classic with my order: medium rare topped with bacon and cheddar, fries on the side."[Facebook/5 and Diamond]

Shake Shack

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Both Bryce Shuman of Betony and Ignacio Mattos of Estela like to head to Shake Shack for a low-budget burger. Mattos says it's "...not my late night kind of burger (because of the hours). But definitely my favorite cheap burger. Pretty straight forward, simple, and delicious. I get the single hamburger with cheese and bacon. What I like about this one (because of its size), is that you can always go for a second one!" Shuman, on the other hand, goes for a double Shack stack, "with fries and the cheese sauce on the side" [Krieger]

Burger Joint

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Chef and hitmaker Andrew Carmellini's cheap pick is the burger at Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian. He gives it bonus points for staying open until midnight. [Nick Solares]

Little Owl

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Barbuto's Jonathan Waxman heads to The Little Owl for his favorite burger. He orders it "with the works: Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, aioli and green jalapeno Tabasco sauce." [Facebook]

Corner Bistro

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Anita Lo, the chef at the West Village's always-excellent Annisa heads to Corner Bistro for a post-shift burger: "I still love the Corner Bistro burger in all its messy glory. I love loose meat, the fact that you can get it rare, and the fact that it comes with American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and especially raw onion. I eat mine with a ton of mustard, with fries on the side and an icy beer." [Nick Solares]

Old Town Bar

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For chef April Bloomfield, who's earned plenty of acclaim for her own burgers at The Spotted Pig and The Breslin, it's all about Old Town: "It's simple and always cooked the way you want. I've only just discovered it actually." Her order: medium rare with American cheese. [Official Site]

Blue Ribbon Brasserie

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Mario Batali goes for a non-beef outlier: "My fave burger in New York for late night is the turkey burger at the Blue Ribbon. I order it medium well with cheese and drink a nice Bordeaux with it." [Foursquare]

Black Iron Burger

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Modernist icon Wylie Dufresne, who only recently debuted his first burger on the menu at Alder, likes to head to Alphabet City bar Black Iron for a burger fix: "It's one of my neighborhood favorites, as it’s a quick walk from Alder. I usually order it medium rare with cheddar and grilled onions." [Facebook]

Lion's Head Tavern

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JJ Johnson, the up-and-coming chef behind Harlem hotspot the Cecil doesn't stray far for his favorite burger. "After a long night in the kitchen I walk over to Lion's Head Tavern, it's a neighborhood joint and the bartenders are super cool. It's a simple place and you can build your own burger, and they're open until 4am. I sit at the bar and get cheddar, grilled onions and bacon."[Official Site]

Great Jones Cafe

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Justin Smillie, the chef behind the Cal-Ital hit Upland, heads to Great Jones Cafe, a haunt from his days at the nearby Il Buco. The burger "is big, hits the spot, and they always cook it to a perfect medium rare. Must order with cheese, of course, and the fries aren’t to be missed either." [Nick Solares]

Joe Jr. Restaurant

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Chef Josh Capon, who, based on the burgers he serves at Lure, Burger & Barrel, and Bowery Meat Company, knows his way around the subject, picks this Gramercy diner. "My favorite burger is from Joe Jr...Perfect, simple, inexpensive and delicious. They caramelize the patty on an ancient griddle the way it is supposed to be so it’s juicy and flavorful. For toppings, I go simple: American cheese and pickles. And, a Sprite to wash it all down. Excellent every time." [Nick Solares]

Genuine Roadside at Gotham West Market

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Ramen expert Ivan Orkin favors one of the neighbors of his Gotham West Market Slurp Shop: "These days, when I'm not being a fancy pants, when I'm at Gotham West Market I can be found devouring a classic burger from Genuine Roadside, which satisfies all of those youthful cravings. This burger has all of the benchmarks: a well-seasoned and well-cooked patty, a soft bun, and just enough grease to hold it all together." [Facebook]

Xi'an Famous Foods

Chef Andy Ricker, of the wildly popular Thai eatery Pok Pok, says his favorite off-duty burger is the spicy cumin lamb burger made at Xi'an Famous Foods: "It's not really a burger...but it also is not NOT a burger, 'cause they say it's a burger, it is shaped like a burger and I am willing to suspend disbelief 'cause it's fucking delicious."[FLickr/Ron Dollete]

The Spotted Pig

The ever-sophisticated Jean-Georges Vongerichten says his favorite burger is from the Spotted Pig. He "orders it medium and loves the Roquefort and the hollowed out brioche bun." The restaurant also happens to be three blocks from his house, so he can "walk home and digest." [Nick Solares]

5 & Diamond

Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson, of Harlem's Red Rooster and the new rotisserie chicken spot Streetbird recommends another Harlem spot when he needs a burger fix: "When I'm craving a really good burger in Harlem, I go to 5 and Diamond on Frederick Douglass Boulevard. This is my favorite burger in neighborhood, and I go really classic with my order: medium rare topped with bacon and cheddar, fries on the side."[Facebook/5 and Diamond]

Shake Shack

Both Bryce Shuman of Betony and Ignacio Mattos of Estela like to head to Shake Shack for a low-budget burger. Mattos says it's "...not my late night kind of burger (because of the hours). But definitely my favorite cheap burger. Pretty straight forward, simple, and delicious. I get the single hamburger with cheese and bacon. What I like about this one (because of its size), is that you can always go for a second one!" Shuman, on the other hand, goes for a double Shack stack, "with fries and the cheese sauce on the side" [Krieger]

Burger Joint

Chef and hitmaker Andrew Carmellini's cheap pick is the burger at Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian. He gives it bonus points for staying open until midnight. [Nick Solares]

Little Owl

Barbuto's Jonathan Waxman heads to The Little Owl for his favorite burger. He orders it "with the works: Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, aioli and green jalapeno Tabasco sauce." [Facebook]

Corner Bistro

Anita Lo, the chef at the West Village's always-excellent Annisa heads to Corner Bistro for a post-shift burger: "I still love the Corner Bistro burger in all its messy glory. I love loose meat, the fact that you can get it rare, and the fact that it comes with American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and especially raw onion. I eat mine with a ton of mustard, with fries on the side and an icy beer." [Nick Solares]

Old Town Bar

For chef April Bloomfield, who's earned plenty of acclaim for her own burgers at The Spotted Pig and The Breslin, it's all about Old Town: "It's simple and always cooked the way you want. I've only just discovered it actually." Her order: medium rare with American cheese. [Official Site]

Blue Ribbon Brasserie

Mario Batali goes for a non-beef outlier: "My fave burger in New York for late night is the turkey burger at the Blue Ribbon. I order it medium well with cheese and drink a nice Bordeaux with it." [Foursquare]

Black Iron Burger

Modernist icon Wylie Dufresne, who only recently debuted his first burger on the menu at Alder, likes to head to Alphabet City bar Black Iron for a burger fix: "It's one of my neighborhood favorites, as it’s a quick walk from Alder. I usually order it medium rare with cheddar and grilled onions." [Facebook]

Lion's Head Tavern

JJ Johnson, the up-and-coming chef behind Harlem hotspot the Cecil doesn't stray far for his favorite burger. "After a long night in the kitchen I walk over to Lion's Head Tavern, it's a neighborhood joint and the bartenders are super cool. It's a simple place and you can build your own burger, and they're open until 4am. I sit at the bar and get cheddar, grilled onions and bacon."[Official Site]

Great Jones Cafe

Justin Smillie, the chef behind the Cal-Ital hit Upland, heads to Great Jones Cafe, a haunt from his days at the nearby Il Buco. The burger "is big, hits the spot, and they always cook it to a perfect medium rare. Must order with cheese, of course, and the fries aren’t to be missed either." [Nick Solares]

Joe Jr. Restaurant

Chef Josh Capon, who, based on the burgers he serves at Lure, Burger & Barrel, and Bowery Meat Company, knows his way around the subject, picks this Gramercy diner. "My favorite burger is from Joe Jr...Perfect, simple, inexpensive and delicious. They caramelize the patty on an ancient griddle the way it is supposed to be so it’s juicy and flavorful. For toppings, I go simple: American cheese and pickles. And, a Sprite to wash it all down. Excellent every time." [Nick Solares]

Genuine Roadside at Gotham West Market

Ramen expert Ivan Orkin favors one of the neighbors of his Gotham West Market Slurp Shop: "These days, when I'm not being a fancy pants, when I'm at Gotham West Market I can be found devouring a classic burger from Genuine Roadside, which satisfies all of those youthful cravings. This burger has all of the benchmarks: a well-seasoned and well-cooked patty, a soft bun, and just enough grease to hold it all together." [Facebook]

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