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Best Burger in Queens ???

Can anyone tell me where the best burger in Queens is ???

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  1. IMO, the place on Rockaway Blvd. between Aqueduct Race Track and JFK...it's known as White Castle.

    Get two burgers, pull from their boxes, undo and reassemble as follows: (be sure to ask for extra pickles and extra onions)...place the "bottom" roll halves together on the table, then the two 5-hole-punched meats, smother with the XP & XO, then cover it all up with the two top rolls together. It's a treat...and DO NOT get the advertised DOUBLE...you'll be cheated out of a top & bottom and get a "mid-section" roll that becomes mush.

    Triples and quadruples also work well and exponentially increase your pleasure, but can be hard to bite into.


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    1. re: Mike R.

      Much historical praising of the burger at Donovan's in Woodside (Roosevelt at ~58th). it is supposedly best with the famous grilled/fried/sauteed onions and American cheese.

      i thought it was OK, nothing special, but i probably got cheddar vs. American. i (personally) can't imagine how Amercain would make it better.

      i do quite like the burger at the Stop Inn Diner (61st/Roosevelt) which is acknowleged by other posters as having a notably good burger. i like it with bacon and cheddar.

      disclaimer: i live in Woodside and eat burgers maybe twice a year, so that's about all i can say on the subject.


      1. re: Mike R.

        White Castle ??? Sorry only when I'm drunk !!!

      2. Cobblestones Pub in Forest Hills...Queens Blvd between 78/77th Ave.
        MUCH better than the highly overated Donovans (which is a dirty and dark place) $8.95 for platter with fries and TWO TOPPINGS.

        1. It's only served for lunch during the week but the best Burger I've ever had in Queens is at Rouge French Bistro in Forest Hills. Served on an english muffin topped with gruyere cheese and tomato with a large side order of incredible shoe string french fries. Meat is quality and so is the taste. At lunch its relaxing and service is good compared to dinner.

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            1. re: Mike V

              You also might try the Befteki at Corfu Grill---it's excellent, and it's used for the hamburger's there as well--as George to make you a befteki hamburger--it's great!

            2. I had a Donovan's burger for the first time this week. The steak fries were great but the burger didn't knock my socks off. I have been spoiled by Island Burger in Manhattan -lived practically next door for years - the whole time they were open, actually - and I have to say that's the best burger I have had in NYC. So far. What about Horgan's in Sunnyside? People seem to like that. I am also anxious to go to the Stop Inn which looks really excellent.

              1. PJ Horgan's has the astonishing consistency of a MacD operation.
                Their burger is absolutely stellar, the fries are good.
                The grease index is low.
                The Guinness is the best in the new world; it is also as good as in old Rumsfeld europe.
                Recall, I will go back to Donovan's but I had one of the most atrocious burgers of my life there - it was about 10:30pm after the US open; the waitress for some reason was surprised me ordering so late (I think they serve food usually much later) the burger was near freezer cold, entirely tasteless {the taste test I did on it]. I suspect this night was some abberation the staff knew about - it would have beeen best if they had made an apology but food service was ended.

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                1. re: micheal

                  PJ Horgan's is very good, but I always thought the buns were too small.

                2. My family had great burgers at the Luncheonette on 70th Road just south of Queens Blvd, in the middle of "Restaurant Row" in Forest Hills. They have a huge assortment of burgers, with lots of ingredients, and the burgers were excellent and cooked just as we asked. Great service and lots of 50s memorabilia.

                  1. PJ Horgan's over Donovan's, any day.

                    1. DB Wine Bar, on Metropolitan. And they use good-quality meat, so you can order it medium rare with no worries.


                      1. Bosna Express, which now has two locations (the original hut in Ridgewood, the somewhat bigger place in Long Island City) offers up the Pljeskavica, a beautifully seasoned, mouth-watering hubcap-sized masterpiece of a patty, made of both beef and lamb, served up on a toasty pita with the works, which includes onions and yogurt. Perhaps, because it is not a traditional burger, this place has gotten scant mention on this board. But I maintain that it is one of the two or three best burger experiences in the city. I have only been to the original thus far, which constitutes a crawlspace, with one table, buttressed underneath the M train (Forest Avenue stop). This has never been detrimental as far as I'm concerned, although I'm partial to small, homey joints like this. Plus, the service - the place is usually manned by one employee (not room for much more) - has always been very warm and classy. As mentioned, the LIC location is supposedly bigger, more of a restaurant, and I've heard the smaller menu of the original has been consolidated, quality-wise, and opened up for more items. I would also recommend the cevapi, tiny sausages that explode with flavor, with all my fat-encased heart. 4 stars.

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                        1. re: Polecat

                          i second the bosna express recommendation. my favorite are the cevapi, even though i'd originally been drawn to this place by the burger (also good).

                          1. re: Polecat

                            I wrote up Bosna Express awhile back.

                            Not a traditional burger but well worth a visit. They've now got a branch in Astoria near Socrates Park.

                          2. Joe's Best Burger on Main St
                            Dumont in Willamsburg
                            Peter Lugers in WillamsBurg make a great burger to go.
                            There is a place on 28 st and ditmars blvd that makes a great burger.
                            Donovan's in Woodside

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                            1. re: FAL

                              Who makes the burger on 28th and Ditmars ??? Nonni ***

                            2. Joe's Best Burger on Main St in Flushing is like crack. Im a huge fan of In and Out style burgers from California and this one comes the closest in my opinion. The burgers are beyond tasty. Get the cheese fries with cooked onions...it rocks!

                              The only other place in Queens I've been to was Donovan's. Went there based on so many reviews and articles. Didnt finish my burger. WAY too big, and it wasnt too flavorful. Steak fries were a plus.

                              1. I know it's all about the burgers in this thread, and while they were ok at Joe's (the wait was too long at Spicy and Tasty last night), no one's seemed to mention the Bosco fountain soda (and self serve!!) Have never seen that before and was initially repulsed at the thought of it, but it turned out to be the best part of the meal! It was not overly sweet and came out of the fountain mixed up just like a foamy egg cream. Now if Fox's U-Bet would have gotten in on this one first...