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New York's 12 Best New Burgers

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12312123123112008_10_hasmaps-thumb%20%281%29%20%281%29_burg.jpgThere are a lot of great new burgers being served in the restaurants of NYC these days — you'd kill yourself trying to sample them all. Here's a list of 12 new burgers that are worth seeking out, in map form. Some of them are fancy, while others are not. But all of them will satisfy your craving for salty, juicy beef.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Smokeshack at Shake Shack

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Every so often, the Shack surprises its fans with a new menu item. The SmokeShack, which debuted last spring, is basically a Shackburger (griddled patty with cheese and Shack sauce) with and cherry pepper relish and applewood-smoked bacon (and the Shackmeisters do not skimp on that smoky bacon). A single patty burger is $6.25, and a double is $8.80. In-N-Out wishes it served a burger this good. [Photo: Foodspotting]

Swine's Brisket and Bone Marrow Burger

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This is a real splurge dish. The marrow adds a wallop of umami that you just don't find in most pub burgers. The patty is smothered in melted Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions, and it comes on a brioche bun that catches all those juices. Served with a side of potato wedges for $18. [Photo: Foodspotting]

The Perla Burger at Perla

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Chef Michael Toscano's burger is a fat patty of griddled La Frieda beef topped with caciocavallo cheese, roasted tomatoes, and escarole. The funky beef flavor is the thing you notice first and foremost, but the tomato adds brightness and the greens add bitterness the proceedings. This is a crazy-toppings burger that works very well. Served at lunch and brunch for $18.

The Rarebit Burger at Murray's Cheese Bar

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This might be New York's best new crazypants burger. It's a large, seared patty on a thick piece of buttered grain bread, smothered in rarebit (cheddar and beer) sauce. This is basically beef fondue. Use a knife and fork, then go home and take a nap. $17. [Photo: Glenwood]

The Burger at Reynard

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The Reynard burger is made with a grass-fed beef patty that's topped caramelized onions. The meat is slightly rich, with a pronounced beef flavor. If you're on the fence about Reynard, just order this at the bar with a beer or a glass of Champagne. It comes with fries for $14. [Photo: Foodspotting]

The Cheeseburger at Pork Slope

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At his casual bar Pork Slope, Dale Talde wanted to create a high-quality version of the McDonald's cheeseburger. And that's exactly what this is — a ball of fresh-ground beef that's smashed and grilled so that the edges get a nice crisp. It's topped with chopped onions, American cheese, mustard, and ketchup. $11. [Photo: Foodspotting]

The Burger at The Toucan & The Lion

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The burger at The Toucan & the Lion is not for everyone. This meaty monster is made with a nicely seared beef patty that is served on a toasted bao with bacon and cashew butter. It's sweet, creamy, and salty, all at the same time. Served with fried pickles for $17. [Photo: Foodspotting]

The Bowery Special at The Bowery Diner

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The Bowery Diner serves a great meat-on-meat burger: The Bowery Special. The pastrami in the burger is cured and smoked in house. A thick slice of it comes atop a medium-sized griddled beef patty, and a melted slice of Swiss cheese sits between the pastrami and the beef. $14. [Photo]

Joe's Burger at The Library at The Public

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Andrew Carmellini's new restaurant inside the Public Theater serves a burger made with a 50/50 mix of brisket and chuck. The meat is moist and pleasantly funky. It comes topped with bacon, cheddar, and caramelized onions. In theory, there's a lot going on here, but the toppings don't overpower the flavor of the beef. $17.

The Penrose Burger at The Penrose

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This popular new Upper East Side gastropub serves a burger made with La Frieda beef, that is topped with crunchy pickles, lettuce, tomato, and red onions. There's no funny business here — this is just a solid, juicy pub burger that's something of a steal at only $12. [Photo: Chelebellelair]

The Jack's Burger at Jack's Wife Freda

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This hip new Soho cafe serves a burger made with a thin patty that has a good crust. It comes on a Martin's potato roll with grilled tomatoes and crispy onion strips. This is basically like the best version of a burger that you'd make at a bakyard barbecue, but with fried onions. $12. (Photo: Foodspotting)

The Cheeseburger at Blue Collar

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The next time any of your friends whine about the fact that there are no In-N-Out Burgers in NYC, send them to this new Williamsburg restaurant. Blue Collar serves a smashed burger that rivals the one served at the West Coast fast food favorite, and it's only $4. (Photo: Yelp)

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The Smokeshack at Shake Shack

Every so often, the Shack surprises its fans with a new menu item. The SmokeShack, which debuted last spring, is basically a Shackburger (griddled patty with cheese and Shack sauce) with and cherry pepper relish and applewood-smoked bacon (and the Shackmeisters do not skimp on that smoky bacon). A single patty burger is $6.25, and a double is $8.80. In-N-Out wishes it served a burger this good. [Photo: Foodspotting]

Swine's Brisket and Bone Marrow Burger

This is a real splurge dish. The marrow adds a wallop of umami that you just don't find in most pub burgers. The patty is smothered in melted Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions, and it comes on a brioche bun that catches all those juices. Served with a side of potato wedges for $18. [Photo: Foodspotting]

The Perla Burger at Perla

Chef Michael Toscano's burger is a fat patty of griddled La Frieda beef topped with caciocavallo cheese, roasted tomatoes, and escarole. The funky beef flavor is the thing you notice first and foremost, but the tomato adds brightness and the greens add bitterness the proceedings. This is a crazy-toppings burger that works very well. Served at lunch and brunch for $18.

The Rarebit Burger at Murray's Cheese Bar

This might be New York's best new crazypants burger. It's a large, seared patty on a thick piece of buttered grain bread, smothered in rarebit (cheddar and beer) sauce. This is basically beef fondue. Use a knife and fork, then go home and take a nap. $17. [Photo: Glenwood]

The Burger at Reynard

The Reynard burger is made with a grass-fed beef patty that's topped caramelized onions. The meat is slightly rich, with a pronounced beef flavor. If you're on the fence about Reynard, just order this at the bar with a beer or a glass of Champagne. It comes with fries for $14. [Photo: Foodspotting]

The Cheeseburger at Pork Slope

At his casual bar Pork Slope, Dale Talde wanted to create a high-quality version of the McDonald's cheeseburger. And that's exactly what this is — a ball of fresh-ground beef that's smashed and grilled so that the edges get a nice crisp. It's topped with chopped onions, American cheese, mustard, and ketchup. $11. [Photo: Foodspotting]

The Burger at The Toucan & The Lion

The burger at The Toucan & the Lion is not for everyone. This meaty monster is made with a nicely seared beef patty that is served on a toasted bao with bacon and cashew butter. It's sweet, creamy, and salty, all at the same time. Served with fried pickles for $17. [Photo: Foodspotting]

The Bowery Special at The Bowery Diner

The Bowery Diner serves a great meat-on-meat burger: The Bowery Special. The pastrami in the burger is cured and smoked in house. A thick slice of it comes atop a medium-sized griddled beef patty, and a melted slice of Swiss cheese sits between the pastrami and the beef. $14. [Photo]

Joe's Burger at The Library at The Public

Andrew Carmellini's new restaurant inside the Public Theater serves a burger made with a 50/50 mix of brisket and chuck. The meat is moist and pleasantly funky. It comes topped with bacon, cheddar, and caramelized onions. In theory, there's a lot going on here, but the toppings don't overpower the flavor of the beef. $17.

The Penrose Burger at The Penrose

This popular new Upper East Side gastropub serves a burger made with La Frieda beef, that is topped with crunchy pickles, lettuce, tomato, and red onions. There's no funny business here — this is just a solid, juicy pub burger that's something of a steal at only $12. [Photo: Chelebellelair]

The Jack's Burger at Jack's Wife Freda

This hip new Soho cafe serves a burger made with a thin patty that has a good crust. It comes on a Martin's potato roll with grilled tomatoes and crispy onion strips. This is basically like the best version of a burger that you'd make at a bakyard barbecue, but with fried onions. $12. (Photo: Foodspotting)

The Cheeseburger at Blue Collar

The next time any of your friends whine about the fact that there are no In-N-Out Burgers in NYC, send them to this new Williamsburg restaurant. Blue Collar serves a smashed burger that rivals the one served at the West Coast fast food favorite, and it's only $4. (Photo: Yelp)

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