Get directions | 647 E 11th St, New York, NY 10009
Hours | Sunday Closed, Monday 6pm-10:30pm, Tuesday 6pm-10:30pm, Wednesday 6pm-10:30pm, Thursday 6pm-10:30pm, Friday 6pm-11pm, Saturday 6pm-11pm
People know Virginia’s for its burger. Which makes sense, since it belongs in any respectable conversation about the best in the city. It comes on a soft, squat bun with a thick patty, hunks of half-melted sharp white cheddar, mayo, and a little hill of not-too-sweet caramelized onions. There’s an option to add bacon, and we’d advocate for that. Once you’ve made this burger disappear, you might consider designing custom prints of it with the phrase ‘It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later’ written in cursive underneath.
That burger is the main reason we’d tell you to come to Virginia’s. But the runner up is that this is one of the East Village’s best date restaurants. It stays quiet during the week, so you can walk in without a reservation, and pretend you’re the kind of person who leads a spontaneous life (when, in reality, you would schedule your headaches if you could). The two-room, white brick space is romantic – with candle-lit tables and tan leather banquettes – but not so much that the table next to you will be communicating in a made-up language they reserve for dogs, babies, and each other.