Island Burger (2 locations) I dream about the Mona Lisa sandwich from Island Burger. The burger is topped with mozzarella, pesto, sautéed onions, mushrooms and roasted peppers served on ciabatta bread. Prepare to be thoroughly confused with 20+ delectable burger choices broken into categories like “decadent” and “hot” ($17.95 with fries). To make it more confusing, all of these combos can be ordered with grilled chicken as well as turkey and portobello burgers. Cheese combos, veggies, bacon, spreads and chili choices will leave your head spinning. All of their creations are juicy and masterfully dressed to let the toppings shine. The menu also features tasty salads, appetizers and milkshakes. Happy hour during the week is from 4-7 p.m. and includes $4 beer, $5 wine and three sliders for $10.
Dive Bar (3 locations) All three “dive” bars offer different perks in a scuba themed setting. Broadway Dive contributes hundreds of beers by the bottle in addition to drafts, Dive 75 supplies tons of board games and Dive Bar 96 has 20+ craft beers on tap plus a full pub menu. I frequent the 96th Street location for perfectly grilled burgers. Definitely start your meal with the Kentucky Bourbon Wings, regular or boneless offered in three sizes ($6-$18). The Danni Burger smothered with guacamole and pepper jack cheese for $14 with fries or a salad is my favorite. The menu offer dozens of creative sandwiches like The Chenoa Spicy Black Bean Patty and Catfish Banh-Mi. They are also known for their mussels and serve breakfast all day long. Dive Bar hosts tap takeovers, trivia nights and happy hours from 4-7 p.m. with $4 beers. If that’s not enough, you can take home a growler of your favorite suds. You will not find a friendlier more knowledgeable staff in Manhattan. They keep everyone’s glasses full with a smile.
5 Napkin Burger (4 locations) The original 5 Napkin Burger is ten ounces of 100% Aspen Ridge Angus chuck topped with gruyere, caramelized onions and their signature rosemary garlic aioli nestled between two halves of a soft white potato roll ($16). The flavors simply work together. Do not try to adjust them and go for it! The french fries are hand cut, in-house, plus they make all their own sauces and dressings from scratch including buffalo sauce, wasabi mayo, and ranch dressing. During the week from 4-6 p.m. in the dining room and 4-7 p.m. at the bar save big with $3 sliders, $1 wings, $6 beer and $7 wine. Night owls can get the same discounts from 10 p.m.-close. You’ll need 10 napkins to clean up after diving into this succulent drippy sandwich.