The cheeseburger is one of the most popular sandwiches in New York City, becoming a standout dish at cocktail bars, local diners, and even pizzerias—they’re so beloved that there’s even a National Cheeseburger Day to celebrate them. Just steps from the new luxury condos at 88 & 90 Lex you’ll find myriad options to serve your every cheeseburger need. Here’s a list of some great places to get you started.
“The (High) Standard”
Shake Shack | Madison Square Park – East 23rd and Madison Avenue
When it comes to cheeseburgers, sometimes you must go with the classic. And if you want a cheeseburger in NYC, you must head to “the Shack.” This Danny Meyer phenomenon has numerous locations around the city, but the one at Madison Square Park is the original and most popular. Shake Shack started out as a hot dog stand to raise funds for the park’s first art installation. And the cheeseburgers were—if the multinational operation it is today is any indication—pretty good too. Sure, the lines can be long, but at least you’ll have a beautiful view of the park.
Make the wait worth it by pairing their fan-fave double ShackBurger with crinkle fries and a namesake shake. Honoring Meatless Monday? No problem. The ‘Shroom Burger, made of crisp, fried portobello mushroom oozing with cheese, will keep you satisfied.
“The Friend from Cali”
Upland | 345 Park Avenue South
California cuisine might not be the first thing you think of when you think of a great cheeseburger, but Upland might change your mind about that. Nestled between the roasted porchetta and the steak sandwich you’ll find the Upland burger, a classic combo of grass-fed beef and American cheese, with a smattering of peppadew peppers and, of course, an avocado. Order it for lunch or, better yet, brunch. If you’re in the mood, pair it with a choice from their “worldly” wine list.
“The Pub Burger”
The Storehouse | 69 West 23rd Street
If you’re heading to a pub, you’ve got a pretty good chance of finding a decent cheeseburger, but the Irish-themed Storehouse has a not-so-secret ingredient that helps them stand out in a crowd: bacon jam. During lunch, the Storehouse Burger comes with a beer and fries and shares the stage with the Irish bacon-topped Breakfast Burger on Mondays and the double-pattied Beastly Burger on Wednesdays. If you’re feeling generous, they offer a slider option so you can share with friends. But you don’t have to.
“The Fromage Aficionado’s Friend”
The Ainsworth | 122 West 26th Street
The Ainsworth wants you to have options, and their burger list is no different. Your classic cheeseburger is here, complete with bacon, lettuce, and tomato, and they kick it up a notch with the Chelsea, featuring onion rings and pepper jack cheese. But there are cheeseburgers, and then there are cheeseburgers, and the Ainsworth has embraced the word “cheese” with their Mac & Cheese Burger. Yes, there’s a beef patty in their somewhere, but it’s smothered under a topping of gooey macaroni and cheese and sandwiched between even more of the macaroni, which is panko-crusted and serving as the bun.
Maybe you can find a good cheeseburger anywhere these days, but the great ones are right next door when you’re a resident of the NoMad homes at 88 & 90 Lex.