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8 Great Burgers and Shakes in New York City

We tallied up the juiciest burgers and creamiest shakes for you.

New York might be known for its pizza, but this city also holds its own in the burger world, grilling up juicy beef and topping it with all the fixin's. We tallied up the best burgers and creamiest milkshakes for you.

Black Tap: This SoHo burger joint has made its claim to fame with the most Instagram-worthy milk shakes (photo above), such as its over-the-top cotton candy milkshake, topped with rock candy, a swirly lollipop and frosting studded with pearly sixlets. 529 Broome St., 917.639.3089

Island Burgers & Shakes
Island Burgers & Shakes offers more than 64 varieties of burgers and chicken sandwiches. (Courtesy Island Burgers & Shakes)

Island Burgers & Shakes: Diners discover more than 64 varieties of flame-grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches, kicked up with spicy bayou mayo, habanero sauce, guacamole and specialty cheeses—best paired with the black-and-white milkshake. 3147 Broadway, 212.665.7934

Harlem Shake
Sample burgers and creative shakes at Harlem Shake. (Courtesy Harlem Shake)

Harlem Shake: Head uptown to this old-school diner, complete with a retro tin ceiling, green vinyl booths and vintage décor, to get your burger fix and sample creative shakes (red velvet, anyone?). 100 W. 124th St., 212.222.8300

Blossom du Jour
Vegan restaurant Blossom du Jour's The Skyscraper burger and Peppermint Pattie shake. (Courtesy Blossom du Jour)

Blossom du Jour: Towering with onion rings, a veggie patty and meat-free bacon, “The Skyscraper” stars at this vegan restaurant. Chill out with a decadent Peppermint Pattie shake. 259 W. 23rd St., 212.229.2595

5 Napkin Burger
Kids dining at 5 Napkin Burger (©Noah Fecks)

5 Napkin Burger: This spot treats kids to cheeseburgers and peanut butter/chocolate shakes, while parents indulge in grown-up burgers, like lamb kofta, ahi tuna and Korean barbecue. 630 Ninth Ave., 212.757.2277

Shake Shack
Outside Shake Shack in Madison Square Park (©William Brinson)

Shake Shack: Dig into cheeseburgers, mushroom burgers and Vitamin Creamsicle milk shakes at the original Shake Shack, which started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001. Madison Ave. & E. 23rd St., 212.889.6600

Bill's Bar & Burger
Sliders at Bill's Bar & Burger (Courtesy Bill's Bar & Burger)

Bill’s Bar & Burger: Share some sliders (pictured), or customize this restaurant’s award-winning burgers with pico de gallo, caramelized onions, chili, maple bacon or a pretzel bun. Wash it down with innovative shake flavors, including Fruity Pebbles and toasted marshmallow. 85 West St., 212.894.3800

Planet Hollywood
A burger from Planet Hollywood (Courtesy Planet Hollywood)

Planet Hollywood: This theme restaurant wows diners with displays of movie memorabilia like the car from “Wayne’s World” and John Travolta’s leather jacket from “Saturday Night Fever,” along with mushroom-onion-Swiss burgers and hand-dipped milk shakes. 1540 Broadway, 212.333.7827