Bar and Burger Joint$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • burgers
  • onion rings
  • french fries
  • outdoor seating
  • gardens
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  • Guest of a Guest
    Beers and burgers is the name of their game. We would sit out on the patio, of course. It's where to be. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJune 22
    Royale serves hand-cut plain fries and truffle fries in stadium-style baskets. The truffle variety is seasoned with an earthy flavor and either sports a crispy exterior. Read more
  • Daniel K.
    Waitress was super. Handled our numerous special requests with competence.
  • Jastine K.
    Jastine KhoMarch 24
    Loved their truffle fries!
  • Justin G.
    Justin GaudenziSeptember 4, 2016
    The double is almost too much, just get a single and a side of fries
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LeeJuly 24, 2016
    Classics done right: bacon cheeseburger, fries, and onion rings are all great. Also a big plus that prices are not expensive at all!
  • Annie M.
    Annie MMay 27, 2016
    Yummy burger with caramelized onions
  • Mikey
    MikeyMay 26, 2016
  • Rami M.
    Rami MassoudApril 29, 2016
    Burgers are affordable, simple, and delicious
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayApril 9, 2016
    This place is pricey for what you get. Try to avoid the onion rings too if you don't want to see a pool of oil on the bottom of the basket. Service could be better too.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DennyApril 3, 2016
    Best burger in NYC
  • Marlynn W.
    Marlynn WestJanuary 26, 2016
    Get the grilled cheese with tomato and avocado
  • Michael H.
    Michael HNovember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best burger around
  • Kt L.
    Kt LacasseOctober 12, 2015
    Love the outdoor seating in the back! Onion rings are savory little donuts. Yum!
  • Florence N.
    Florence NguyenOctober 8, 2015
    Veggie burger in a salad
  • Nick
    NickSeptember 14, 2015
    We loved this place. The back patio is great and even has a cover to stay outside in the rain. They call the onion rings 'savory donuts'. We will be back for more football Sundays!
  • Raphael L.
    Raphael LangenscheidtSeptember 13, 2015
    Solid place to grab a beer and a burger. The meat is good, but the sauce leaves something to be desired. The fresh cut fries are the winner in my book - delicious. Nice back patio.
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RenaudAugust 30, 2015
    1) A perfect little backyard garden/patio. 2) A truly great burger. Great for groups, late night eats, sports on TV, and the onion rings.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseJuly 11, 2015
    There's a reason everyone talks about onion rings and burgers on the patio !
  • Chris P.
    Chris PinolaJuly 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Bacon Royale with Cheese! I usually go with gruyere and then add sautéed mushrooms and onions. The fries, onion rings, and chips are all great (and great for sharing too).
  • Corley S.
    Corley StoneJune 28, 2015
    Burgers are outstanding, as are the fries, and the onion rings are unreal
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishJune 22, 2015
    Royale with cheese and a cocktail. Great price, even better food.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJune 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Like most places nearby, there's outdoor seating that's great during nice weather. It gets pretty rowdy most evenings so plan for a crowd.
  • Hyeji K.
    Hyeji KimApril 15, 2015
    Great burgers. fries are on the crunchier side. great back garden!
  • 🍚
    🍚March 23, 2015
    My friends love the burgers and onion rings. I thought it was okay but that's just a personal preference. Definitely good
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 12, 2015
    Order the Royale with cheese. Order fries & onion rings. Add some fries & onion rings to your burger. Enjoy!
  • Willem V.
    Willem Van LanckerFebruary 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to watch football outdoors. Good crowd of Patriots fans.
  • Dennis O.
    Dennis O'ReillyFebruary 1, 2015
    Burger tecate
  • Theary
    ThearyJanuary 11, 2015
    Burgers are great . Just very cold. Need to turn on the heat.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WangDecember 11, 2014
    Great burgers. If only all bar food were this good. Get the bacon royale! Onion rings are crispy and greasy perfection
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni D'PalmaNovember 8, 2014
    The burger lives up to the hype. It was juicy with a solid flavor. They do the burger right. Also, it's a great bar with good music
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Double Royale will satisfy any burger craving you may have. Pair with any of their fine liquors
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakOctober 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a pretty sweet place to have as a local. Friendly service, juicy burgers, solid liquor selection.
  • Mati L.
    Mati LuikSeptember 3, 2014
    Good burger in a neighborhood bar.
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FrankenfeldAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The back porch is great. The neighbors, not so much.
  • Liza
    LizaAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger and bacon pickleback shots are a must
    CITY GRITAugust 15, 2014
    This is one of our favorite burgers in the city!
  • Jaycob B.
    Jaycob BurnsJuly 23, 2014
    Good back patio for a divey place, and burgers and side selection is great. But the bathroom is dangerous, so hold your breath
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanJune 29, 2014
    Sit on the back porch and order a bacon royale with gruyere
  • Marshall K.
    Marshall KernsJune 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice out? Call ahead to reserve a table in back.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HayesMay 26, 2014
    Great veggie burger! Enjoy it on the back patio
  • Jessica Y.
    Jessica YungApril 23, 2014
    Royale w/ cheese, bacon pickleback and garden in back - buzzfeed suggestion
  • Jesse
    JesseApril 18, 2014
    Get "royale with cheese"
  • Chris L.
    Chris LApril 17, 2014
    Debate all you want about the best burger in town — this one is at the top of the list. Plus, it’s called the Royale With Cheese! Also on site: “bacon picklebacks” and a nice garden in the back.
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanApril 13, 2014
    Great no-frills classic American burger. Super juicy, and perfect patty and bun consistency so that it doesn't fall apart or get soggy. Onion rings among the best I've ever had.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedApril 11, 2014
    Debate all you want about the best burger in town — this one is at the top of the list. Plus, it’s called the Royale With Cheese! Also on site: “bacon picklebacks” and a nice garden in the back.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HargraveMarch 29, 2014
    Great burgers, fries, and onion rings.
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JacobowitzMarch 12, 2014
    We went here to feature them on my show "Best Sports Bar in NYC" We LOVED their burgers, onions rings, piggy backs, and SO much more!! watch it here! Read more
  • Rocky T.
    Rocky ThompsonFebruary 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Food poisoning!
  • Thalia K.
    Thalia KNovember 8, 2013
    Try the Bacon Bloody Mary - Bacon makes everything better.
  • Jon K.
    Jon KellyNovember 7, 2013
    Great hangout, employees are awesome.
  • Mimi W.
    Mimi WOctober 11, 2013
    Bacon cheeseburger hits the spot! Their fries taste like chips and are good. Piggy back shot is interesting... It's a pickle back with a piece of bacon. Bacon is a little too salty for the shot though
  • Dane B.
    Dane BSeptember 13, 2013
    The burger deservedly gets all the hype, but don't sleep on the fries. Those are some top-notch spuds.
  • Johnny S.
    Johnny SilvaSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Tell them "j-Sol" sent you for special greeting.. ;-)
  • Emma L.
    Emma LandressAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome to sit out in the backyard.
  • J. Keith V.
    Awesome air conditioning, Nice bar staff
  • Josh C.
    Josh ClapperJuly 3, 2013
    Their happy hour is the most fun
  • Christopher C.
    Surprised is an understatement. The best onion rings ever, and among the best chicken tenders. I had burgers for lunch, regretting now that my table mates are raving about their burgers.
  • Rod L.
    Rod LeeJune 12, 2013
    Best Burgers in Manhattan! Seriously!
  • Alan
    AlanMay 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Wifi: Porkslap
  • Nikita S.
    Nikita SourineApril 18, 2013
    Very lovely blondie bartender!!!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 31, 2013
    Reliable, super-juicy burgers.
  • Perri S.
    Perri SilverMarch 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't bother asking your waitress what make this burger the best burger in NYC. It's a secret.
  • brian c.
    brian cruzMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    By far the best burgers!!! Nom nom nom
  • Red F.
    Red FabbriMarch 12, 2013
    A dive bar with incredible burgers. Enough said?
  • brian c.
    brian cruzMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Best Burgers Nom Nom Nom!!!
  • Krystyna
    KrystynaMarch 8, 2013
    Awesome get Royale w/ cheese and multiple pork slaps and shots of whiskey.
  • Mikey B.
    Mikey BonifacioFebruary 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best burger in the EV, Bacon Royale!! Bartender Orlando makes some awesome drinks too.
  • Aileen T.
    Aileen TseJanuary 5, 2013
    my go-to for a great burger. get the bacon royale - long, thick slices of bacon
  • John S.
    John SaroffDecember 15, 2012
    IMHO, the best burger in NYC. Any of them will do...medium rare and delicious.
  • Andre B.
    Andre BarreraOctober 14, 2012
    Very good burgers and awesome $5 Bloody Mary's.
  • Frani L.
    Frani LiebermanOctober 13, 2012
    Heated garden! Good burger!
  • Mikey B.
    Mikey BonifacioSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Burger on the Island: Bacon Royale or Go home!! Awesome bartenders too & great drinks.
  • Amber V.
    Amber Van DrieJuly 30, 2012
    One of the best, if not the best, burger's I've had in the city. Awesome bartenders and great patio.
  • sarwar A.
    sarwar AlamJuly 2, 2012
    i just like connecting#pdsk1996
    Citybeams.comJune 24, 2012
    Great patio area in the back. Try their Burgers. This spot could easily go under ""Best burger in Manhattan""
  • Jacqueline V.
    Kickass bartender.
  • Paul R.
    Paul RieckhoffJune 3, 2012
    Not better than Black Iron. But has an outdoor garden w an TV outside to watch game. And the best onion rings in the city. Perfect football spot.
  • Sally Y.
    Sally YoonJune 1, 2012
    the royale with cheese, onion rings
  • Nick B.
    Nick BourneMay 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best burger in NYC.
  • DivineJudge1
    DivineJudge1March 24, 2012
    Burgers are not great (fuck hype)
  • sarwar A.
    sarwar AlamMarch 14, 2012
    Server s online#
  • Erin D.
    Erin DoyleMarch 4, 2012
    The bathrooms are like going into Narnia
  • ReALTO
    ReALTOFebruary 24, 2012
    Gem on Avenue C. When the weather is nice, they have a great patio in the back. Good burgers, reasonably priced. Highly recommend stopping by if you're in the area.
  • Douglas C.
    Douglas CFebruary 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Folks, the 50% discount is only redeemable for up to $10 and it is only good for in-restaurant dining. Shame.
  • Gloria L.
    Gloria LeeJanuary 20, 2012
    Decent burgers at a decent price ( hint: scoutmob! )
  • Sasha B.
    Sasha BJanuary 8, 2012
    Aviva has a great fuckin poor!
  • Sean L.
    Sean LudwigJanuary 1, 2012
    Great music here!
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Like most things in NYC, LA burgers are better.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HNovember 28, 2011
    Ask for the piggyback shot. Whiskey shot followed by. Shot of pickle juice and finished with a piece of bacon. One of a kind
  • Justin K.
    Justin KalifowitzNovember 6, 2011
    Great burger! Skip fries, go rings.
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Gansevoort Hotel GroupNovember 2, 2011
    ARISTOPETS Pet CareOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you don't like beef, the veggie burger is superb.
  • Colin R.
    Colin RhoadsOctober 6, 2011
    top 5 best burgers downtown
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary Bouzan-KaloustianSeptember 9, 2011
    $3 pints during happy hour, but it ends at 7 & on Friday / Saturday you need to order food to sit outside
  • Jordana
    JordanaSeptember 5, 2011
    Bring your own board games and snag one of the picnic tables out back.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RansomAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best burger joints in NYC!
  • Brenda
    BrendaAugust 18, 2011
    Great margaritas are made here!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MorrisseyAugust 15, 2011
    get the royale. don't be scared of bacon.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BFFJuly 31, 2011
    Margaritas are great!!!
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BFFJuly 31, 2011
    Margaritas ate great!!
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    royale with cheese. and chips with onion dip.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrunoMay 22, 2011
    Go on Sunday for a $5 Bloody Mary. They are great. And their bacon cheeseburgers are also fantastic.
    Examiner.comMay 16, 2011
    Looking for the best burger in NY? Look no further as it has rightfully earned one of the top spots in NYC. Read more
  • Douglas C.
    Douglas CMay 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Beware of the $20 card limit but please indulge in an order of tgeir exquisitely greasy onion rings.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealApril 11, 2011
    "Get the bacon Royale, which comes open-faced with crispy bacon, cheese, and crinkle-cut pickles." Darren Atkins, New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Read more
  • Matt C.
    Matt CastellanFebruary 19, 2011
    Bacon Royale rocks. The onion rings? Not so much.
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilFebruary 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheeseburger + fries + Magic Hat. For bonus points, sit on the back patio.
  • Conor L.
    Conor LawrenceOctober 31, 2010
    Seriously awesome burgers AND a heated patio in the back with big screens.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CilientoOctober 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Free wings at 1/2 time for Monday Night Football
  • Cody-Ann .
    Cody-Ann 👑💫October 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    bacon royal with cheese youre welcome 4-7 happy hour
  • Alan P.
    Alan PetrilliOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Highly reccomend the royale with cheese and bacon, great bartenders too, Sara and Aviva rock!
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BattjerSeptember 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegetarians: order the grilled cheese, or fill up on liquor instead.
  • Bronson F.
    Bronson FungAugust 17, 2010
    Order the Royale and have it with a Bloody Mary.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyJune 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Crispy chicken sandwich. Special sauce. Enough said.
  • Penny H.
    Penny HardmanMay 28, 2010
    Okay this is huge, sometimes they have Ranch if you ask nice. As a Midwesterner that is so clutch.
  • Matt S.
    Matt StineApril 30, 2010
    $3 High Lifes. Say no more.
  • Mike B.
    Mike B.April 13, 2010
    The garden is fantastic and dog friendly.
  • George S.
    George SmithApril 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Just a great place to go and have a burger. The bar tenders rock and they always play great music.
  • Fiona G.
    Fiona GibbApril 6, 2010
    Sit outside. Grab a drink. Have a burger.
  • Flora G.
    Flora GApril 4, 2010
    Great bloody mary, burgers are delicious too
  • Adam C.
    Adam CostelloApril 4, 2010
    Amazing burgers. Get the bacon royale with blue cheese.
  • Topher
    TopherApril 3, 2010
    Sweet outdoor tv in the garden- gotta see it to believe it!
  • Jeana C.
    Jeana CostaMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Veggie Burger in NYC. Side of fries and a Porkslap beer make it a perfect meal.
  • Joe K.
    Joe KanakarajFebruary 24, 2010
    Get a burger at Royale
  • anthony s.
    anthony savareseJanuary 13, 2010
    Good place for beers and burgers.
  • Caroline W.
    Caroline WDecember 24, 2009
    Best burger in the city...hands down.
  • Joe E.
    Joe EssenfeldNovember 15, 2009
    bacon royale w/ swiss - onion rings
  • collin m.
    collin middletonNovember 12, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    eat the chicken fingers... best in the city
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WOctober 8, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    order the bacon Royale and exerience one of te best burgers in the city
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MaverickOctober 6, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    order the Blue cheese burger, get onion rings, fries and a beer. you're welcome.
  • Jason P.
    Jason PickarSeptember 17, 2009
    I'm kinda pissed that this is an EXAMPLE. Never skip the burger. NEVER. By far, the greatest burger in the city. Get bacon and grilled onions.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KornfeldSeptember 16, 2009
    Bring a friend or several and make sure you each get any burger, I don't freaking care, just have a damn burger
  • Trevor S.
    Trevor SumnerSeptember 8, 2009
    Arguably the best burger in the city. Thursdays, say hello to the bartender, Orlando!
  • geoff f.
    geoff fellowsSeptember 2, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    black & blue. bacon with blue cheese. good schite!
  • Danielle K.
    Order the cheeseburger. Get onion rings instead of fries.
  • Kristen T.
    Kristen TaylorMay 29, 2009
    Go to Royale. Ask them to explain the cupcake menu that day. Choose the one they seem most excited about.
  • Bill A.
    Bill AustinMarch 31, 2009
    Don't forget to add bacon to the Royale with Cheese!
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