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great hamburger in brooklyn

gail konig zurav Jul 17, 2006 09:08 PM

other then peter lugers where can I find a great burger in brooklyn

  1. subinai Jul 17, 2006 09:13 PM

    DuMont in Willamsburg has good burgers.

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      CornflakeGirl Jul 19, 2006 11:17 AM

      Second the DuMont burger!

      Great pickle chips and fries as well. And priced right to boot!

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        lambretta76 Jul 21, 2006 01:12 PM

        Went there last night and, while I did not have the burger, my friends - who are burger fiends like me - loved them. One declared it to be in the top 3, and he travels extensively for burgers (and has pretty much eaten every one from the "top lists" in the city). The slicked pickles, pickled onions, and overall quality of the burger looked fantastic - looked to be served on a nice brioche bun and the medium rares were cooked perfectly. My wife and I had already eaten, but decided to split the Mac and Cheese, which was fantastic (especially with bacon in it). To top it off, and an entirely off-topic comment, but they gain highest marks for playing Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra during the dinner service - one of the greatest bands out there.

    2. pitu Jul 17, 2006 09:35 PM

      Bonnie's on Fifth Ave in the Slope, great jalapenos for topping available, and BEST fries. diner ambience.

      Stone Park down the street (Fifth Ave at 3rd St, Slope), also delicious burger. Fancy place.

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        cwilco Jul 17, 2006 09:44 PM

        I second the vote for Bonnies. Great wings and fries and if you're feeling a little healthier you can sub a nice salad with the burger.

        The burgers at Bar Tabac on Smith Street are fantastic too. Good fries as well. Wash it down with a Kronenbourg 1664, Mmmmmmmm.

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          Claire Jul 17, 2006 09:47 PM

          Helios in Park Slope makes a great burger and fries. I also like the burgers at Rhythm 'n Booze in Windsor Terrace, but they can be hit or miss.

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            mjlr68 Aug 11, 2006 10:11 PM

            I second Helios. Also love Bonnie's burger, but I must say that I'm an even bigger fan of their pulled pork sandwich.

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            Fleur Jul 17, 2006 11:06 PM

            HEIGHTS CAFE on Montague and Hicks has excellent burgers. Served with freshly made fries or onion rings they make a delicious burger.

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              PeteinDumbo Jul 17, 2006 11:30 PM

              Clark's on Henry and Clark has a great patty melt. Not a true patty melt but white bread toasted, american cheese, grilled onions. Great stuff.

              1. benghoil Jul 18, 2006 12:24 AM

                Sweetwater in Williamsburg has an excellent--though decidedly not diner-style--hamburger. It's served on an english muffin with cheese and (I think) caramelized onions, which may sound twee to you but I assure it isn't.

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                  DeeDee Jul 18, 2006 01:28 AM

                  I would wholeheartedly agree with the recommendation for Dumont and their sister restaurant DuMont Burger both in Williamsburg for perfectly cooked burgers on brioche rolls. I used to be a big fan of Bonnie's Grill burgers but now only go their for buffalo wings.

                  1. EJC Jul 18, 2006 01:35 AM

                    The best burger in Brooklyn is the congac-soaked burger @ Cocotte Bar on 4th St in PSlope.

                    Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic Ave is a close 2nd.

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                      irvingk Jul 18, 2006 02:59 PM

                      I second Cocotte and Waterfront Ale House.

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                      cwilco Jul 18, 2006 03:41 AM

                      I'll have to try the burger at Waterfront. Their Pulled Pig sandwich is awesome.

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                        Peter Jul 18, 2006 10:05 AM

                        Ditto on Pete's Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic.

                        Also: Henry St. Ale House is quite serviceable if you're in the area.

                        And of course, Schnack on Union for the best sliders south of Madison Square Park. ;)

                        Peter in the Heights

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                        Ida Red Jul 18, 2006 11:54 AM

                        I've said it before, but for Williamsburg, I've always thought Dinner makes the most perfect hamburger... It's the perfect shape, size, taste, texture, temp., juicy... (I hate it when they're so huge you have to jack up your jaw to bit into it)

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                          David B Jul 18, 2006 12:01 PM

                          I'm surprised no one has mentioned the burger at Crave. Great quality and wonderfully seasoned meat with a bit of a kick to it, it is hands down one of the best burgers I've had in Brooklyn.

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                            Greg Jul 18, 2006 02:14 PM

                            Second the burger at crave. It has great pickled onions on top, which are, in my opinion, tastier than the pickled onions at Dumont. Dumont's have a clove-y sort of taste that I don't particularly like.

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                              HWiley Jul 18, 2006 03:28 PM

                              The Crave Burger, definately. One of the best burgers I've had in Brooklyn. I've had the burger at waterfront ale house and its a decent burger, but just a bar burger. The burger at Crave on onion brioche which well supports and compliments the meat (which must be more than ground sirloin as it has much more substance and great flavor, maybe ground rib-eye? but still quite lean) without being too much bun. High quality and it's, well . . . something special.

                            2. zbs Jul 18, 2006 01:31 PM

                              Stone Park seconded; also a great fish sandwich.

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                                eatingforbrooklyn Jul 18, 2006 01:46 PM

                                i've always had a good burger at waterfront ale house. also at diner in williamsburg. haven't tried it, but i hear great things about the lunch time burger at peter lugers.

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                                  Sarah McC Jul 18, 2006 02:06 PM

                                  Soda Bar on Vanderbilt between St. Marks and Bergen. Huge, juicy burgers with lots of flavor. Awesome fries, too.

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                                  AmityGuy1 Jul 18, 2006 03:47 PM

                                  In addition to the others mentioned, the Quad at Schnack is pretty great, especially with the Jubilat bacon.

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                                    lambretta76 Jul 18, 2006 08:47 PM

                                    Ever since Schnack switched to the wheat buns, I've felt that the symmetry (or whatever you would call it) of the sandwich as a whole has dropped. The prices went up, the quality went down, and I've found that I haven't been there in about 4-5 months. (I used to go every other week or so.)

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                                      max Jul 18, 2006 09:04 PM

                                      I think they only use the wheat buns on the singles and doubles. Regardless, I find the wheat ones to be inferior and I agree it really takes away from the burgers.

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                                        CornflakeGirl Jul 19, 2006 11:16 AM

                                        I was there in May and you're right. Everything was off in the near empty restaurant.

                                        Won't be going back anytime soon.

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                                          AmityGuy1 Jul 31, 2006 07:25 PM

                                          FYI: I just went back to Schnack for the first time in a few months last night with friends and really noticed the increase in prices. The Quad combo (with fries and a small beer) is something like $11.50 and the Quad stand alone is like $8.50. The combo is a good deal, though the stand alone price is almost double from where the price was a year ago. Again, the prices increased only a few dollars, but when you only charge a few dollars an increase feels bigger than its reality.

                                          The menu also seems much smaller.

                                          The Quad is still great, though. Great balance of cheese and bacon. And Jever is a great beer when scarfing down burgers.

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                                        bjb Jul 18, 2006 05:55 PM

                                        Skinflints & Pippins Pub both in Bay Ridge. Great Burgers

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                                          The Engineer Aug 13, 2006 11:42 PM

                                          Ugh. I went to Pippin's based on this reccomendation today and didn't even finish my "cheddar" burger- topped with some kind of cheese-whiz. Great bun & fries, the meat was meat, not bad or great I guess, but come on.... whiz?!

                                          Thanks but no thanks.

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                                          Claire Jul 19, 2006 01:31 AM

                                          Thanks EJC. I tried the Cocotte burger tonight and it was superb. I also wanted to mention that a while back there were a few complaints about service. We had the sweetest, most attentive waiter who seemed to know everyone in the place. No service issues at all.

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                                          1. re: Claire
                                            EJC Jul 19, 2006 03:30 PM

                                            Claire - great to hear! We usually eat around the corner at the bar -- informal, great bartenders, and of course the burgers.
                                            I'm overdue on a trip to the Slope, maybe this weekend. :)

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                                            The Turtle Bay Dove Jul 19, 2006 12:52 PM

                                            I've been a big fan of the Dumont burger, but I got to say I had one totally off at Dumont Burger this weekend. First time I was there instead of the restaurant - really liked the space - but the burger was wayyyy too salty and I couldn't taste the meat at all. I hope it was just a fluke!

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                                              ChowDiva Jul 19, 2006 03:47 PM

                                              I love the fries and the burgers at Downtown Atlantic.

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                                                chowkitty Jul 20, 2006 06:13 PM

                                                blue ribbon makes a really good burger. just had one late last night -- yum!

                                                1. mdog Jul 20, 2006 08:40 PM

                                                  I'll definitely try Waterfront. I had a really good one at Five Front- even though it took almost an hour for them to make the friggin' thing.

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                                                    nadiav Jul 21, 2006 12:29 PM

                                                    cwilco is right on about the Bar Tabac burgers and the Kronenberg 1664 combo! My husband is also a big fan of their Moules Provencal.

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                                                      Amy Mintzer Aug 1, 2006 02:37 AM

                                                      SO-DA! SO-DA! SO-DA!

                                                      1. subinai Aug 3, 2006 04:10 AM

                                                        I had the burger at Stone Park tonight. The burger was excellent. It tasted great and was cooked perfectly to my order.

                                                        The only problem I had were the fries.

                                                        They were exactly like McDonald's fries. I don't know if I should be happy or upset. They were great and I ate them all, but I thought Stone Park was a reputable restaurant?? Why wouldn't they make their own fries? Or do they so well that they mimic McD's perfectly?

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                                                          MoxieBoy Aug 3, 2006 05:27 PM

                                                          I agree about Skinflints (79th and 5 Av). That was the Kodachrome of burgers (still comparing every other burger to theirs---except my own, of course).

                                                          Former icecream parlor and going back a bit further, a house of horizontal refreshment in a happier day, but still maintains its charm and great burgers (make sure you get it medium rare and on the English Muffin.)

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                                                            2greenalligators Aug 4, 2006 08:47 PM

                                                            Definitely agree with the DuMont folks - the burger there is great - especially with blue cheese and bacon.

                                                            Beast (Vanderbilt Ave in Prospect Heights) has a fantastic burger as well. I'm pretty sure its a mixture of beef, pork, and veal. Whatever it is, its tasty. Comes with blue cheese potato salad, which people either love or hate. I love.

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                                                              jinx Aug 5, 2006 03:49 AM

                                                              I also had the burger at Stone Park tonight, for the first time. The burger itself was excellent, perfectly cooked. But I have to concur about the fries---they seemed like McDonalds...I wasn't even sure that they weren't frozen, they seemed too uniform to be homemade. They were okay, but didn't have that real fresh potato-y taste that makes for a great fry. That was a disappointment.

                                                              I am also partial to the burger at Rhythm & Booze in Windsor Terrace--there's another poster here who recommends it highly and she's on the money--they are great and the fries excellent too!

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                                                                time2eat Aug 5, 2006 04:42 AM

                                                                I'm a purist and curious on an opinion on the best unadultered burger in burger. I tend to make my own since I have a backyard and BBQ (and buy meat from the greenmarket). I like a burger that can stand on the quality and taste of the meat, Crave, for example, has a seasoned burger. I don't know if they list it on their menu but in the beginning it was just listed as a Crave burger. It didn't occur to me that meant they add their own herbs and spices. I wasn't happy and returned it after one whiff and the owner was offended when I mentioned he should list the seasonings on the menu. Maybe they do know, but back then he said I has no right to request a new entree before paying for the one I ordered. That got a little off topic but the point, for me, is a burger should be based on the flavor of the beef alone, not seasoned.

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                                                                  catherinejones Aug 10, 2006 09:33 PM

                                                                  I am a burger fanatic. Have been searching for a great one in the Slope. Bonnie's, I think, is overrated. Its fine, and cheap, but nothing spectacular.

                                                                  Tried Blueribbon and it was pretty good. But very expensive, obviously. And fries were...not even worth eating.

                                                                  Moutarde was awful.

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                                                                    gfood Sep 10, 2006 12:16 PM

                                                                    Fifth avenue has serious burger wars going on. Blue Ribbon, Bonnies, Stone Park, Coccette, Belleville all w/in a few blocks, all w/ great burgers.

                                                                    My vote is for Coccette, but not by a landslide.

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                                                                    carfreeinla Aug 12, 2006 02:45 PM

                                                                    I no longer agree about the Skinflints burger. It is way overshaped and the meat is ground too finely. IMHO the Salty Dog burger is the best of BR. Had the burger at Cebu, but it was way overpriced.
                                                                    Try the turkey burger at Pegasus!!!

                                                                    1. JenMarie66 Sep 11, 2006 12:06 AM

                                                                      Had my first burger at Rhythm & Booze this eve. (on suggestion from this thread) and holy crow, it was great. Big, well shaped, very juicy and actually came rare as ordered. It's my new favorite Brooklyn burger. It came on an English Muffin and I'm usually more of a bun gal but it did make it more manageable & didn't overwhelm the meat. I didn't get fries (thank god -- I'm basically in a food coma just from the burger) but the salad I got instead was a nice mound of mesculin w/ good vinagrette (I actually like getting salad w/ vinagrette next to my burger as the acidity of the vinegar balances the fattiness of the meat).
                                                                      Anyway, great burger (though I don't think Rhythm & Booze fits in the "Old Man Bar" category I introduced in a different thread. More nice neighborhood bar).

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                                                                        redgirl Sep 11, 2006 12:28 AM

                                                                        yes, they make a pretty darned good burger and it's also well-priced.

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                                                                        trixie30 Jan 18, 2007 10:51 PM

                                                                        HAVE TO AGREE WITH U GUYS ON R&B !!! THEY HAVE A GREAT BURGER AND WEEKENDS THEY HAVE SOME GREAT ENTREES !!

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                                                                          birdie50 Jan 20, 2007 07:18 PM

                                                                          Went to The Red Cafe last night and had their burger. Delicious, good hard roll, good fries. They pour herbed butter over the burger,mmmm! Not cheap though ($14).

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                                                                            irisgirl Jan 21, 2007 06:44 PM

                                                                            herb butter over beef? that sound like too much of good thing. Did you like the red cafe overall?

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                                                                              birdie50 Jan 23, 2007 01:08 PM

                                                                              If it's good enough for peter Luger's (minus the herbs) it's okay with me. My wife had the pecan chicken and she said it was good. I tasted it and agreed.
                                                                              The overall experience was very good. Good service too. I would definitely go back.

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                                                                            mlflee Sep 11, 2008 01:30 PM

                                                                            My favorite place for a good burger is Bacchus on Atlantic Ave near Bond Street. This French Bistro knows how to prep my burger with excellent fries that I wash down with Kronenborg beer. Go on Weds to get the 2 for 1 special for a test run.

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                                                                              bklynkat Aug 31, 2009 02:44 PM

                                                                              1) Helios
                                                                              2) Waterfront Alehouse
                                                                              3) Bonnies
                                                                              ...and I actually had a very good burger at the place formerly called Eurotrip..I think it's called Korzo now or something.

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                                                                                kayemtee Sep 1, 2009 06:51 PM

                                                                                Believe it or not, try the three sliders at the bar at Morton's during Happy Hour. Great taste and a great buy at three for six-fifty.

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                                                                                  roux42 Sep 3, 2009 05:11 PM

                                                                                  Tavern On Dean on Dean and Underhill...

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