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Jan 23, 2006 04:28 PM

Best Burger?

  • j

What and where is the best NYC Burger, and what makes it so good?


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  1. j
    Josh Eisenman

    Now that McHale's is SADLY gone, I'd have to say that Faneli's is pretty damn good. The Corner Bistro is classic, but the wait and the meat-loaf-sized burgers make it a close second. I'd also recommend Jane Street Tavern, catty-corner from Corner Bistro.

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    1. re: Josh Eisenman

      the last time i went to fanelli's i had a burger.
      It was like a hockey buck on a roll.

      1. re: my3sons

        Westville is's a little bit of a scene but has anyone tried Lucky Strike in Soho? There fries are great also

    2. n

      A popular (and heated) subject so check past posts.

      A name you won't see but should is Westville.
      1) The patty is the perfect thickness
      2) The patty tastes meaty but not gamey
      3) The bun is slightly sweet and strong enough to hold the jucy patty

      It's perfection. Really. I've had all the famous ones(Corner B., JG Melon's, Burger Joint, Better Burger, DB Bistro, Rare, PJ Clarks, McHales, Michael J's, Shake Shack, Soup Burg, Prime Burger, etc.) I've even had some other great unknows (Nice Matin, Chumley's, Aix, Tavern on Jane).

      This is the best.

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      1. re: NativeNewYorker

        I like Shake Shack the best, but they are closed for the season. Burger Joint in the Parker Meridien hotel is also awesome. I've heard the Luger burger (go for lunch) is unreal.

        Where is Westville?

        1. re: Traz0r

          on the corner of W 10th/W 4th

          1. re: dyre

            Stay clear of Westville, they serve their burgers on a flimsy english muffin. Plus, you have to put up with their lousy attitude.

            1. re: dyre

              Stay clear of Westville, they serve their burgers on a flimsy english muffin. Plus, you have to put up with their lousy attitude.

              1. re: Hungry Mike

                It's not an English muffin. It's a Portuguese roll, and it's perfect.

          2. re: NativeNewYorker

            Wollenski's Grill.

            They grind the filet tips for the burgers.

            1. re: e.kaye

              I'm not excited about burgers made partially out of filet (although this is probably not that unusual a practice). Burger meat should come from flavorful cuts with a decent amount of fat. The filet fails on both accounts.

              1. re: zEli173

                Agreed. Pieces of filet have no business being in a burger.

          3. e

            The burgers at Walkers, on North Moore and Hudson in Tribeca are great. Also, even though Veselka's is known for its Ukrainian food, their burgers are awesome.

            1. I have two places that are my favorites for burgers:

              #1 - Molly's 22nd Street & Third Avenue. Have never ever been disappointed with the burgers at Molly's. Fresh tasty beef; never pre-cooked and broiled to order. The bun stands up to the beef and I love the pubby cozy atmosphere and the waitresses who have been there for ages. Sit in a booth near the fireplace on a rainy day and have a Guinness and burger and you'll see what I mean. Blows all the other pseudo pubs out of the water.

              #2 - Waterfront Ale House, 30th Street & 2nd Avenue.
              Another beefy tasty burger with delicious thick ridgey fries on the side are burger nirvana for me. Delicious.

              Both Molly's and Waterfront are reasonable and attract locals and people from other areas on the weekend. A big difference from the frat boy crowd you'll see at some of the other well-known burger joints that IMO aren't half as good.

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              1. re: Flynn

                Those are two of my favorites, as well. In addition to the burgers, their onion rings at Molly's and the Waffle Fries and fresh popcorn at Waterfront are great. Plus Waterfront has a great selection of tap and bottled beer.

                Other favorites
                -Peter Luger's (Note - lunch only)
                -Burger Joint
                -Shake Shack
                -Blue Smoke

                I've stopped going to Corner Bistro because they've been precooking their burgers for while now. That just absolutely destroys a burger. Last time I went, the burger was barely edible.

                1. re: Flynn

                  I second Molly's - burgers are great and..... they are really nice there....

                  One day go to Corner Bistro and Molly's back to back... you'll never put up with the 'tude again

                2. Has anyone tried the burger ay 5 points on Great Jones? Aside from the brunch, that I think is scrumptious, the burger and 4 cheese mac and cheese are to dye for. I defy someone to find better!

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                  1. re: lynny_lynny

                    Despite the hectic and crowded atmosphere, J.G. Melons has to have the best burgers. The staff is great.

                    1. re: eecsierrrr

                      I actually thought the service was lacking when I went, though I've only been there once - I didn't even expect great service, but certainly not the level of curtness that I got, and it wasn't particularly busy at the time...

                      The burger itself was great though, as were the cottage fries (gotta order them separately).

                      1. re: eecsierrrr

                        The burgers are great, but the staff is notoriously brusqe.

                      2. re: lynny_lynny

                        I was disappointed with the burger at Five Points,it had a surprising lack of flavor. It was cooked medium so maybe the trick is to have it rare or medium rare. Either that or it was an off day. I agree with you though on their mac and cheese, very addictive.