Danny Meyer's wildly popular burger-flipping empire is mobbed with hour-long lines during the summer; in chilly weather, heat lamps provide the warmth for you to get your burger fix. The iconic ShackBurger tops specially blended beef patties from Pat LaFreida with melted American cheese, leafy lettuce, thick-cut tomato and a proprietary ShackSauce. $5.55.
New York City may be home to the World’s Best Restaurant, but amidst all the fancy tasting menus and gourmet, fine-dining restaurants, let’s not forget the little things that make New York City great. The best burgers, for one. And while great burgers (or veggie burgers) can be found at top-notch establishments for upwards of $30, spending your entire food budget on a single burger is totally unnecessary when there are so many great cheap burgers throughout the boroughs!
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