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Burgers in Astoria

ChowLad Jan 6, 2005 11:29 AM

My boyfriend just moved to Ditmars from the West Village. We used to go to Chumleys and Corner Bistro when he was over there and are looking to replicate the experience in his new nabe. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated!

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    Bill RE: ChowLad Jan 6, 2005 11:36 AM

    while no corner bistro, the jackson hole diner on astoria blvd. has some damn good burgers.

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      karin RE: Bill Jan 6, 2005 12:50 PM

      I have to second that, and when you ask for a medium rare burger, you get a medium rare burger.

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        Frisky RE: karin Jan 6, 2005 01:51 PM

        There's a place called Sunswick on 35th and 33rd? near the studios. Good burgers.

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        hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: Bill Jan 14, 2008 12:46 PM

        Jackson Hole could be the best in the entire city

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        Bob Martinez RE: ChowLad Jan 6, 2005 12:52 PM

        You may want to try the Bel Aire diner at 21st Ave and Broadway. The Daily News voted it best diner in the city back in 2003.

        As for Jackson Hole (aka Airline Diner), it's worth checking out for the classic diner vibe. The burgers, while enormous, are a disappointment. They put an aluminum dome over them on the grill to get them to cook faster. Unfortunately, they taste more steamed than grilled.

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          Chorus Girl RE: Bob Martinez Jan 7, 2005 09:59 AM

          It's actually 21st Street, not 21st Avenue.

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            irishnyc RE: Bob Martinez Jan 11, 2008 11:00 AM

            Agreed about Jackson Hole. The burgers are just too big and wet. I like a burger with a nice char on it.

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              hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: Bob Martinez Jan 14, 2008 12:47 PM

              Haha, I've seen that banner in front of the diner but never knew how recent it was. Does it live up to the award?

              also the aluminum dome is a classic method used by some of the best burger places I have been. It keeps it very moist. I see no problem to that method at all.

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              Barbara RE: ChowLad Jan 6, 2005 07:04 PM

              My favorite burgers are at the Neptune Diner.

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                helen19 RE: Barbara Jan 29, 2008 11:03 PM

                ohhhh yeah!

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                ctan RE: ChowLad Jan 7, 2005 02:50 PM

                There's a bar called McCann's, I think, that's located on Ditmars close to 36th St. They make a decent burger.

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                  hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: ctan Jan 14, 2008 12:49 PM

                  McCann's is a good choice. Also a great place to watch the game if you can get a seat. Otherwise there is no place to stand.

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                  Michael Chin RE: ChowLad Jan 12, 2005 09:29 PM

                  The burger at the Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City on Borden Ave is great. McReilly's on Vernon Blvd. and 45th St. serve great hamburgers and food too.

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                    astoriaboy RE: ChowLad Jan 13, 2005 12:21 PM

                    hey, chowlad...

                    i doubt you'll have much luck trying to recreate the bistro burger experience in astoria, but there are some good burgers...

                    the best diner burgers that i've tried can be found at neptune's and michael's...mike's used to be good but has fallen off, and bel aire's i've tried once and was kinda nasty...oh...and believe it or not, the much-maligned cup diner serves up a pretty noteworthy burger -- although, i'm inclined to believe that the rest of the criticism the place receives here is deserved...

                    as far as bar burgers go, i think the burger at sunswick is particularly tasty...they're a little smallish, but the quality and great beer selection more than make up for that, imo...the mccann's burger has all the earmarks of a great one..but alas, it's only pretty good...it's right on ditmars, though...so, you might wanna give it a try...go on a tuesday...last time i checked, they had a $10 beer/burger special going on on tuesdays...

                    of course, if you have a car, just take a little cruise on over to donovan's in woodside for a burger that surpasses even the corner bistro's offerings...and although i've never been to chumley's, i'll put my money on donovan's to beat them, too :)


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                      zemilideias RE: astoriaboy Nov 7, 2009 04:18 PM

                      Yeah, I used to live in Chelsea and walk down to Corner Bistro for a burger (chumley's for a drink, usually not a burger however!!) but now living in Astoria I find that you're much better served with Greek, Italian, Thai, Indian food in the neighborhood than with burgers. But if you want to surpass Corner Bistro do go over to Roosevelt and check out Donovan's.

                      57-24 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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                      Moxie RE: ChowLad Jan 16, 2005 05:28 AM

                      I'm sorry, but I think that the corner Bistro is overrated... I'd take PJ Horigan's in Sunnyside and Donovan's in Woodside anyday over the Corner's... and I'm sorry Astoria Boy, but I think that PJ's is on par with Donovan's.

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                        SunnysideUp RE: Moxie Jan 31, 2008 04:14 PM

                        Horgan's is on par, and at times, even better.

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                        Tom RE: ChowLad Jan 16, 2005 05:44 PM

                        favorite places:
                        Jackson hole astoria blvd. astoria huge, fresh and unlimited pickles. shakes too.

                        Film chefs, LIC area, has huge angus burgers with curly fries, cheap too.

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                          choochoo RE: ChowLad Jan 24, 2005 07:56 AM

                          I second the bigups for donovan's - they are the best

                          but in my 'hood I go to Aliada or Pinocchio Palace - they'll put feta on your burger and also do turkey burgers as well


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                            magpie RE: choochoo Feb 6, 2005 06:37 PM

                            Take a trip to Lounge 47 in Long Island City. A cool, low-key East villagey type spot, very relaxing and they were the only other place in Queens, other than Donovans, to make Time Outs recent Top 100 Burgers edition. Serve theres with great chipotle mayo and shoestring fries for only $7.50. Its on Vernon Blvd. and about 47th Ave.

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                            ptrpt RE: ChowLad Jan 10, 2008 09:33 PM

                            If you live in Astoria, the best burger can be found in nearby Woodside. It's at an incredibly atmospheric Irish place called Donovan's, on 58th st under the 7 train. Stain glass windows and white stucco walls make it look like it was airlifted out of Ireland and plopped into Queens. The bacon cheesburger is stunning. Better than Neptune, Mike's, Cup, or most other diners in Astoria. The only thing comparable is the "Supreme Burger" at the New York Diner, formerly the Ham N' Eggery, on Northen Blvd, next to the Sunaco gas station.

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                              eca RE: ptrpt Jan 13, 2008 09:38 AM

                              I was really excited to try Donovan's last night so I walked over from Astoria (only about a 2 mile walk from my apt on 30th ave.) I have to say, it was a real disappointment. It was a perfectly fine burger, to be sure, but I don't understand the hype. I don't really see what distinguishes it from the bacon cheese burger I'd get at many other pubs. It was pretty bland and there wasn't anything about it that really stood out. After I added some salt, it was much tastier, but still nothing spectacular.

                              I know it has gotten a lot of press as one of the city's best burgers, but I'd take a burger from Peter Luger or Shake Shack over it any day.

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                              bugle RE: ChowLad Jan 11, 2008 07:17 AM

                              I'm seconding Sunswick at 35th and 35th. Have it with the waffle fries and one of the 25 beers. good food and very nice crowd.

                              1. doona RE: ChowLad Jan 11, 2008 10:00 AM

                                I have to say I haven't been to most of these places, but my friends make fun of me and laugh because I (a strict carnavore) would take a burget at Tastee Corner (corner of 30th Ave and 31st Street) anyday over any gourmet burger. Get it medium rare and it will be the greatest thing you've ever had in your life.

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                                  jdream RE: ChowLad Jan 13, 2008 08:33 AM

                                  I noticed that there was a burger on the menu at The Sparrow (www.queenssparrow.com). We had brunch there the other day and the food was really good, so I would be pretty optimistic about their burger-- great looking fries, too.

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                                    Harlan RE: jdream Jan 14, 2008 04:29 AM

                                    Yes, Sparrow has very good burgers. Not at the level of Corner Bistro or Dumont Burger, but quite good. And their herb fries are fantastic. And they have some pretty good beer to wash it all down with. I also recommend their malbec, if you're more into wine...

                                    Sparrow's across 24th Ave from the Beer Garden...

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                                      GreekGddss RE: Harlan Jan 15, 2008 01:53 PM

                                      Drive over to Five Guys Brothers in College Point.

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                                        Yaxpac RE: GreekGddss Jan 17, 2008 05:53 AM

                                        I think that the best burger in Astoria is at Cronin and Phelan's on Broadway, right off of Steinway. It is perfect, nice char, cooked perfectly to order, plain bun. I actually like it better than Donovan's.

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                                          vatcat RE: Yaxpac Jan 30, 2008 02:48 PM

                                          I second Cronin and Phelan's. I understand that their turkey burger is ground fresh on site. I wonder if the beef burger meat is too. All the food is very fresh. The bar and waitstaff are the best on Broadway. I have been going there since it opened and always leave full and happy.

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                                            hatless RE: Yaxpac Aug 23, 2009 07:57 PM

                                            I like Cronin and Phelan's, a good honest pub, good prices, nice staff, food above average, but the burger is just okay. Big, fresh, flavorful? Yup. Cooked to order properly? Yeah. Good bun? Check.

                                            Charred? Not at all.

                                            Donovan's generally falls down in that regard, too, IMO. Nothing to see there.

                                            PJ Horgan's in Sunnyside, now that's a good pub burger and some very good pub food. Not gonna change the world, but they know from good burger. Same goes for their fish and chips, bangers and mash et al.

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                                        jdream RE: jdream Jan 30, 2008 10:49 AM

                                        Just to follow up on this... we went for brunch last weekend and my boyfriend got the brunch burger... essentially a burger on brioche with a fried egg on top. He added bacon and gruyere (yes, a heart attack) but it was SOO good. The burger was well seasoned and properly cooked. The fries that they came with were delicious, fried with some rosemary sprigs. I highly recommend the burger, I think it will be delicious with any variety of toppings or without!

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                                        mepm231 RE: ChowLad Jan 30, 2008 06:52 AM

                                        Brick Cafe on 33rd St and 31st Ave has an excellent burger, and good matchstick fries to go along with it. I also second Donovan's as one of the best.

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                                          GreekGddss RE: mepm231 Jan 31, 2008 01:14 PM

                                          I really don't know what all the fuss is regarding Donovan's. It just tastes like a regular diner burger to me. Which is fine. And I would rather eat one there than at Neptune. And I've had plenty of them throughout the years--actually, throughout this past month. But for something kinda special I get the kobe beef burger from the delano cafe in North Flushing. SO good.

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                                            irishnyc RE: GreekGddss Jan 31, 2008 06:54 PM

                                            Kobe (if that's what the Delano is really serving) is wasted in a burger.

                                            ...and I'm sure the Delano will be closed within a few months. It's never been in business under the same name for very long.

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                                              EJFrangos RE: irishnyc Feb 10, 2008 05:06 PM

                                              I agree with GreekGddss. The Kobe burger at Delano is the Bomb! So are the Panini's. The staff is goodlooking too. This place was done right this time.

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                                          kakenyc RE: ChowLad Jul 29, 2009 04:57 PM

                                          I've been to Bare Burger twice (www.bareburger.com) on 31st Ave. They use all organic, all natural ingredients and have a huge selection of meats (ostrich!). I highly recommend the elk burger. Their fries and shakes are also great.

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                                            versicle RE: kakenyc Mar 3, 2010 08:40 AM

                                            My husband and I ate at Bare Burger for the first time this week and neither of us were particularly impressed with our burgers. We both got beef, so I can't speak to the other meats. The beef wasn't very flavorful and not terribly high quality, organic or not. The patties were also quite small. I got the $12.00 California burger, which comes with cheddar, onions, a scant amount of avocado, and a huge amount of lettuce. My husband's bacon cheeseburger was lackluster. Maybe some other combos of meat / toppings are better, but for the price, I expected more.

                                            The space is cute, and they have two different kinds of Wolaver's beer on tap, but with so many excellent dining options in the neighborhood, I doubt we'll give this place another shot.

                                            33-21 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

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                                              Paulomet RE: versicle Jul 25, 2010 05:28 PM

                                              Finally had the chance to try Bare Burger today. My wife and I were pretty impressed. We didn't order many toppings, just the jack cheese, lettuce and tomato; there was also their house sauce on them too. We also got a basket of fries. We both thought everything was very good. Maybe, they have ironed out the kinks, but the meat was very high quality. The fries were crispy but not oily, and came with three delicious dipping sauces.
                                              There is also a very good selection of beers on tap, I was especially happy to see Victory's Prima Pils.
                                              The service was nice and the atmosphere is appropriate to a local thoughtful burger place. We live in Sunnyside and like to go to Donavan's from time to time, but I think we might prefer a bike ride to Astoria from now on.

                                              33-21 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

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                                                Mr Porkchop RE: Paulomet Jul 26, 2010 02:08 PM

                                                I literally live two doors down from this place and never eat there. I gave it three chances and got three woefully overcooked/undersalted burgers and gave up. Organic plus girls in short skirts plus dipping sauces will pack people in every time though. To be fair, the sides were good, and the people are very nice.

                                                For my money i'd walk down the street to Sweet Afton and have their burger. Some people like the burger at Sparrow across from the beer garden. Not great, but I'd take it over Bareburger and it has darkened bar thing going for it.

                                                Sweet Afton
                                                30-09 34th St, Queens, NY 11103

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                                            guytano RE: ChowLad Jan 11, 2010 02:01 PM

                                            it's not astoria but it's close..jackson ave steakhouse has great burgers for a great price ten bucks you can get a burger fries and a beer..fantastic staff!

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                                              tromeros RE: guytano Feb 7, 2010 04:15 PM

                                              With all the suggestions pointing to outside Astoria, its fair to say that Astoria doesn't have good burgers. The best I've tried is 718. The diners (Neptune, Mikes, etc) have disgusting patties while Jackson Hole just has a 1/2 pound of raw fatty meat which doesn't have much flavor.

                                            2. Sloth RE: ChowLad Feb 8, 2010 06:06 AM

                                              Try the new Euro Grill at 23-08 Hoyt Ave. Pleasant dining atmosphere and very tasty burgers. Also very reasonable prices.

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                                                jenhen2 RE: ChowLad Feb 20, 2010 05:42 AM

                                                Anyone been to Petey's on 30th Ave? I know it's probably not what the OP wanted - too fast-foody - but I'd be interested to hear any feedback. Thanks!!

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                                                  ratgirlagogo RE: jenhen2 Feb 21, 2010 10:09 PM

                                                  Petey's is OK. If you are one of the many who feel that In'N"Out is the gold standard of burgers (which I don't myself), you will adore it. They are decent enough but a little expensive for what they are.

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                                                    astoriafoodie RE: ratgirlagogo Mar 28, 2010 03:25 PM

                                                    I disagree strongly with ratgirl. Petey's rocks bigtime. The best in Astoria for my money. And their delivery is insanely fast.

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