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The best burgers in NYC still available for delivery

Emma Orlow
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Emma Orlow

Recalling the simple joys of diner food has us salivating for the outside world. Burgers, perhaps the ultimate diner-like comfort food, have long-been a delivery favorite for New Yorkers. But, now, in these especially trying times where news about restaurants is changing daily, you might be down on your luck when it comes to finding that burger near you. Sadly, some favorites such as the burgers at J.G. Melon, Peter Luger Steakhouse, Au Cheval and Bar Sardine are temporarily closed and are spots we'd also normally recommend to help ease some of the pain coming out of the news. But, thankfully, we’ve put together a guide to the best burgers across the city that are still available to be enjoyed in your own home via delivery, and, in some cases, takeout. 

Minetta Tavern

Yes, it’s really 33 bucks, and yes, it’s cheeseless. But it's still our favorite, what with nine succulent ounces of prime-grade, dry-aged rib eye, skirt steak and brisket from carne king Pat LaFrieda to distract you. If that’s not enough, the caramelized-to-a-melt onions and seeded Balthazar brioche should seal the deal. 

Delivery is available here.

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Shake Shack

One of the city’s best fast casual restaurants has continued to stay open and innovate its options. In addition to their newly-launched steak frites, you can get DIY Shake Shack kits using meat from Time Out Market partner Pat LaFrieda. 

Delivery is available here

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Though Emily is a stellar pizza joint, the best thing on the menu may just be The Emmy Burger. Made with a dry-aged beef patty on a pretzel bun with caramelized onions, cheddar and a heavenly concoction called Emmy sauce, this burger deserves all the hype, and then some.

Delivery is available here (burgers sell out quickly). 

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Donovan’s Pub

Classic is right. Both this Irish-accented corner bar and its burger have been Queens fixtures since 1966, and the sandwich is as refreshingly no-fuss as the rest of the wood-paneled joint. The charbroiled half-pounder is humbly topped with lettuce and tomato. All that's missing is a pint of Guinness. 

Delivery available here

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Jackson Hole

The family of restaurants named after a ski resort in Wyoming continues to be one of the few chrome diners that holds the baton for fading diner culture of yesteryear. Its burger continues to impress with options to add mushrooms, caramelized onions, bacon, blue cheese and more. 

Delivery available here

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