The culinary options throughout New York City are as bountiful and diverse as you'll find anywhere in the world. An abundance of iconic restaurants overseen by high profile chefs make New York City a dining mecca. Here, you'll find anything your palate desires, including many innovative dishes that dare to challenge traditional cuisine. However, standing tall amid the cuttlefish, sweetbreads, and 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, ultimately, where patties rule supreme.
Gaby Brasserie Francaise, Sofitel Hotel
The Franburger is served at Gaby Brasserie Francaise, the outstanding brasserie and bar at the Sofitel New York Hotel. Gaby is the place to be seen, and the place to enjoy French food. The Franburger was created by executive chef Sylvain Harribey — a winner on Food Network’s Chopped. The Franburger 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 aïoli and French fries. The Brie comes from France and the baguettes are baked daily at the hotel from Parisian sourdough.
The Mark Restaurant by Chef Jean-Georges, the Mark Hotel
Located on the Upper East Side, 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 pepper jack cheese, avocado, 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.
Burger Joint, Le Parker Meridien
Once upon a recent time, there were murmurs at Le Parker Meridien..."Don't you wish that when you were staying at a swank hotel you could go downstairs and just get a good burger, fries, and a beer?" No fuss, no hoopla. Just a mouth-watering, down-home burger, grilled by request — with mustard, mayo, ketchup, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and onions. Well, Le Parker Meridien created a little roadside stand, a country-feeling 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’d like. Add 50 cents for a cheeseburger. Fries are addictive at $3.50.
Triomphe, Iroquois Hotel
Triomphe is an intimate French-American restaurant nestled inside the historic Iroquois Hotel in Manhattan’s Theater District. 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 like 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, Gruyère, or seared Hudson Valley foie gras.