What began in 1884 inside a red brick building at Third Avenue and 55th Street has transformed into a global brand synonymous with hospitality, a proper pint and a damn fine hamburger. Earlier this year, the Clarke's name took new form with the opening of Clarke's Standard, the first of what has become a mini-chain of burger joints throughout Manhattan. Capitalizing on the success of their classic hamburger, Clarke's Standard offers burgers, dogs and sandwiches in a setting reminiscent of the classic butcher shop.

Their newest outpost arrived in Union Square last week, serving house-ground hamburgers like The Cadillac ($8.50) with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, tomato, red leaf lettuce and their Standard Sauce. There's also a the Brooklyn Au Poivre ($7.75)—because Brooklyn—with cracked pepper sauce, Farmer's Gouda, Jimmy peppers and savory onions. They also rock hot dogs like a Chili Cheese Dog ($7.25) and Banh Mi Dog ($6.75) that riffs on the classic Vietnamese sandwich.

With new burger joints continuing to pop up daily—from the gimmicky to the established—we tip our hat to any company willing to wade into the beefy waters.

870 Broadway between 17th and 18th Streets, (212) 528.9100; clarkes-standard.com


Food photos courtesy Clarke's Standard

Clarke's Standard Menu