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Jan 17, 2007 08:51 PM

Best Bang for My Buck Burger?

I am coming up with corner bistro, and the burger joint. What I want is a place where I can get a cheap tasty burger and a beer.

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      1. re: banjolinana

        how about JG Mellons on 74th and 3rd?

        1. re: jcm76

          Burger, cottage fries and a beer and you're looking at $20+ at JG Melon.

          Hardly qualifies for "best bang for my burger buck."


          1. re: TipsyMcStagger

            This is true - I used to live very near JG Mellon's and I found the burgers to be on the small side. Yes its cheap if that is ALL you get and with sides and a drink - the bill def. fattens up.

        2. re: banjolinana

          I would second Mollys. The burgers are a few dollars more but generally range in the $8 range, depending upon toppings. Considering they are 10 ounces, a great value. Mollys is on 3rd between 21st and 22nd Street, clower to 21st.

        3. I'll plagarize myself -

          The White Horse Tavern - $6.25 for a good cheeseburger.

          1. Big Nick's. Broadway near 77th (NOT the one further south off of Columbus)
            Love their burgers -- a great value.

            1. Last night I went to Royale on Ave C between 9th and 10th. I had a great cheeeseburger for $6.50. Delicious black angus with heavily-coated sesame bun. Con: They don't serve anything else except fries.

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              1. re: princess43215

                lots of great choices here. just wanted to second the recommendation of royale on avenue c; of all the new burger places to open up in recent months, it's one of the best. i came in not knowing what to expect because of all the hype surrounding it and other new places (sometimes the reviews in mainstream publications are so effusive with their praise that i don't know what to believe) but this burger was actually quite good. would've preferred "normal" semi-thin fries but the potato wedges kind of grew on me after a few burgers and beers. for what it's worth, i did notice a different menu hanging on the wall behind the bar near the front door as i was leaving, which listed a couple of other items like grilled chicken sandwiches.

                but anyhow, yeah, great burgers, solid beer and liquor selection, and a very clean and comfortable (if generic) setting.

                another choice: p.j. clarke's on 3rd ave and 55th st. also, peter luger at lunchtime only. yeah, i know it's not in manhattan, but the burger's such a great deal and in my opinion quite delicious, so it has to be mentioned.

                1. re: surly

                  Forgot to mention that Royale changed their fries a few days ago. They're now thin cut. I have to say that I love fries more than burgers. These weren't bad but not as good as you would find at many bistros in the city.

                  1. re: princess43215

                    so the potato wedges have already been discarded in favor of fries? interesting. how long has this place been open, only a few months? either they received a lot of complaints about the wedges or too many people were specifically requesting thin-cut fries. in any event, i don't think i'll mind the change.

                    btw, i too am a big french fry person and am always disappointed when i can't side a delicious burger with some equally great fries. peter luger is a notorious example of this. in general, i think that really, really good fries are way too uncommon in nyc; shouldn't be a big deal but most places (from humble pubs to higher-end restaurants) don't seem to know how to do them properly.