This Friday, Smile and Say “Cheeseburger” From One Of These Six Great New York Restaurants On National Cheeseburger Day


We know, it’s hard to face the fact that there’s only one week left to the Summer. Temperatures are starting to cool down, and it’s already getting too dark too soon. But chin up! BBQ grilles across America are still red hot, especially this Friday in honor of National Cheeseburger Day.

In the Big Apple this week, it’s the big burger that takes center stage. Visually driven and ever-competitive chefs from local hotels and restaurants are taking the tried and true cheeseburger to new heights, literally, with one-of-a-kind, flavor drenched sandwiches, shown in the 6-pack of photos above and in the individual stories below.

Here’s a roundup of some seriously sumptuous cheeseburgers – and the fabulous settings that surround them – being showcased this Friday across New York City. Best to start working up the appetite now.

Gemma at the Bowery Hotel

Casual dining, Italian style, makes Gemma a local gem for good eats in a great Bowery setting


The Bowery Hotel is a funky cool hotel bordering Manhattan’s equally cool East Village, created by hotelier dynamic duo of Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson. Goode and MacPherson brought immediate hip to the Bowery, a neighborhood in serious need of transformation. Quite simply, they took a boring building and turned into the hot spot it remains today.

Gemma, the hotel’s trattoria style restaurant, has deservedly staked its claim on the neighborhood with the “Bowery Burger, ” shown below.   You can enjoy this messy good burger while people watching from Gemma’s sidewalk tables or for more private viewing pleasure, from one of the hotel’s one-bedroom guest rooms. Either or, ask for extra napkins.

The Bowery Burger ($15) is a half-pounder of grass-fed brisket with truffled fontina, baby kale and garlic fries


Gansevoort Park Avenue Rooftop

One of the most sought after spots for the glam set is still the rooftop at the Gansevoort Park Avenue


No experience of New York City is complete without a visit to the rooftop bar and lounge at Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC, period. The second of two luxe Manhattan hotels under the Gansevoort flag (the other hot spot being Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC,) this Park Avenue location is close to everything, not the least of which is the Empire State Building, a world icon and now one of the most sustainable buildings in the State. The views of the Empire State from the Gansevoort Park Rooftop are suitable for framing.

For National Cheeseburger Day, you can indulge your culinary senses with “Kobe Sliders” from Gansevoort’s rooftop café, Zerzura. The recently revamped rooftop includes a choice of New York style glamour from its indoor and outdoor spaces, a terrace view shown above, along with the sliders shown below.

The Kobe Sliders feature Kobe beef, Kuni cheese, and roasted tomatoes




















Margaux at The Marlton

At Margaux, a period setting gets the “MacPherson touch” with antique mirrors, artistic tiles, and funky mid-century style lighting.


The Marlton Hotel is another Sean MacPherson original, located in the heart of the West Village, a quintessential yet totally unique Manhattan neighborhood that needs no further introduction. This time around MacPherson expressed himself in French, with creative yet elegant elements of Parisian-inspired design in both the guest rooms and the public spaces.

Margaux at The Marlton features a contemporary and artsy urban dining experience flanked by a more casual, brick-walled patio with atrium roof.   Below are two irresistible images of the Margaux cheeseburger. The more toppings, the better.

Margaux kicks it up a notch with its cheeseburger ($15), featuring English cheddar, jalapenos, dijon, and “pommes frittes”


 Grape & Vine at The Jade Hotel 

Grape & Vine at The Jade is everything one could hope for in a true New York dining experience.


The Jade Hotel is a favorite Greenwich Village haunt of ours. The design of the hotel, conceived by Andres Escobar & Associates, was essentially a “recreation” of the classic yet updated West Village, New York experience. This is tough to pull off and we think they hit the nail, so to speak, on the head.

Case in point. Approaching the hotel’s signature restaurant, Grape & Vine, is through a narrow passageway beneath a barrel vaulted, brick ceiling. Pretty original for not being original and we love it.

Grape & Vine, the irresistible setting shown in the photo above, is ideal both for hotel guests and the locals, perhaps even more so for the locals. This is where you meet up with friends, clients, and perhaps even the blind date. The setting evokes an upscale but approachable New York vibe, with sexy sleek, curved red booths, tin ceilings, and retro-classic lighting.

The Grape and Vine Burger is shown below, a regular on the menu, created by Chef Kevin.

The Grape & Vine Burger ($18) blend of Wagyu and Short Rib beef, topped with cheddar, smoky aioli, and avocado.


Refinery Rooftop 

A rare and wonderfully large rooftop terrace at the Refinery is perfect for all your social gatherings


Since the Refinery Hotel opened in 2013, the rooftop has been its own destination. Designed by one of our fave architects, Stonehill & Taylor (S&T,) the hotel occupies a former hat factory and S&T have cleverly interplayed that historical precedent in modern abstract terms in the design of the guest rooms and the public spaces. 

The Refinery Rooftop consists of three distinctive spaces, one indoor, one outdoor (the terrace is shown above) and one that can go either way. A clever year round solution for a year round international city.

“That Burger,” shown below, clearly just keeps on going – as in upwards – and certainly qualifies as the tallest burger in the group. Dig in, it’s ok. We won’t take pictures but you can.

“That Burger” ($19) is a towering inferno of flavor, with jalapeno jack, spicy ketchup, pickled onions, smoked bacon and garlic aioli














Pier A Harbor House

One of New York City’s treasured landmarks is also one of the city’s largest pubs – win win. Photograph © Max Touhey



Here’s the only non-hotel in our six-pack of burger joints but one that as a setting, is hard to beat – Pier A Harbor House, located in Lower Manhattan’s increasingly hip Battery Park.

Pier A is chock full of history and that alone gets our attention. Dating to 1886, Pier A is both a National and New York City landmark, and was the headquarters of the New York Harbor Police and Department of Docks. Nice digs for a police station but even nicer of course, for a restaurant.

First off, Pier A is gigantic. There are three floors to choose from, featuring one of the largest “pubs” ever on the first floor, and private dining spaces on the upper floors. Not to mention killer views towards the Hudson River.

Does this look inviting or what? Step inside Pier A for a taste of history, local brews, and local view Photograph @ Max Touhey



The photo above shows the entrance to the ground floor beer hall where you will likely make some new friends while you chow down on Pier A’s staple cheeseburger (shown below) along with some local Brooklyn brew.

Pier A keeps its cheeseburger ($14) simple and beer friendly, with Vermont cheddar, smoked onions and the uber crispy fries



[Pier 1 exterior view by Touhey Photography]

[Other photos by the hotels/restaurants mentioned]