Lonely Planet Writer

Five Guys Burgers West Village NYC location has a secret hidden bar

It’s not just geographical distance that separates those on the East and West Coasts. Californians and New Yorkers remain divided over their opinions as to which fast food joint serves up the best burger; In ‘N’ Out Burger has traditionally claimed the coveted title, but now Five Guys has crept up to the number one spot.

The Harris Poll  gauges how the public views brands in their annual EquiTrend studies. The national report reveals the top performing names in every sector, from hospitality to home and health. When it came to crowning the best burger of 2017, Americans gave the honor to Five Guys, a 30-year-old chain originally started in Virginia by a father of four sons (five guys!)

With their 1300 global locations, it makes sense that Five Guys is more accessible and therefore more familiar to the survey’s respondents.` After all the chain, a favorite of Michelle and Barack Obama, is famed for the 250,000 ways you can order a burger.

Foil-wrapped burgers and their famous peanut oil-laden fries aside, here’s another reason to head to the Five Guys in Manhattan’s West Village. Upon entering the Bleecker Street spot, it looks and feels like any of the chain’s existing locations. Although at the back of the room is a staircase that leads to The Garret, one of the best ‘speakeasy’ bars in the city.

Come for a burger, stay for the booze at The Garret
Hidden bar above Five Guys in NYC’s West Village. Image courtesy of The Garret.

Leaving behind the cooks flipping patties in the open-window kitchen and walking beyond the signature white and red interiors of Five Guys, upstairs you will find yourself in a loft-cum-sleek cocktail lounge complete with leather couches, eclectic interiors and the quintessential exposed red brick wall.

The Garret, The West Village's secret bar
The West Village’s hidden bar, The Garret. Image courtesy of The Garret

After a generous helping of beverages with quirky names like ‘A What What’ and ‘Hey Girl’, remind yourself that it was the lure of a delicious beef burger that drew you here initially. Enter the ‘Sixth Man Burger’ made with Sriracha, five spice and mustard seed; a treat you won’t find at any other Five Guys location.

And well, if that’s not to your liking – at least you know you can pick up a convenient $6.69 Little Bacon Cheeseburger on your way home.