Photo by 5 Napkin Burger
Address: 150 E. 14th St. (at 3rd Ave.)
*Also located in Midtown West and UWS
Review: The newest 5 Napkin Burger has popped up in the Union Square area on the busy corner of 14th and 3rd. If you are in the mood for some hearty burgers with a slightly upscale setting this is a safe bet. Though tiled decor lends to a louder than desired setting, it is a cut above your dine and dash burger joints. With other options besides just charred beef, like sushi rolls and lobster roll sliders, 5 Napkin provides variety for everyone in your group. This spot is better suited for something very casual or a group dinner with friends/family.
Photo by Charles H.
Address: 24 W. 12th St. (5th Ave. & University Pl.)
Review: In the mood for some burgers and milkshakes? If you don’t want to wait on the crazy lines at Shake Shack and want some more variety when it comes to your burger toppings then head to Stand4 in Greenwich Village. You can create your own burger or choose from one of the 14 pre-made options. The milkshakes are fantastic, and the best part is, they have boozy options too! You can also catch the game on their big screen tv and they have some good craft beers on tap if you’re not in the mood for a boozy milkshake (but why would’t you be?) Stand4 is definitely a fun date spot if you’re not calorie counting.
Photo by Bare Burger
Address: 514 3rd Ave. (34th & 35th St.)
*Locations also in Greenwich Village, Chelsea and East Village
Review: Bare Burger is a great spot if you’re in the mood for some red meat and beers. It’s a great neighborhood burger place that now has multiple locations. Good craft beers and tons of different meat and vegetarian options (bison, elk, beef, chicken, veggie, portabella mushroom, etc.). It is one of our favorites for a more sophisticated beer and burger joint. The Jalapeno Express is great if you’re in the mood for something spicy and if not, the Western is a solid choice. Bare Burger is good choice for a casual date or a dinner with friends.