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Best Bang for My Buck Burger?

mle18 Jan 17, 2007 08:51 PM

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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    banjolinana Jan 17, 2007 09:23 PM

    Molly's on 3rd and 23rd

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    1. re: banjolinana
      jcm76 Jan 17, 2007 10:23 PM

      how about JG Mellons on 74th and 3rd?

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        TipsyMcStagger Jan 19, 2007 01:24 AM

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

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


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          clim212 Jan 19, 2007 11:45 AM

          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.

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        bobby06877 Jan 18, 2007 06:16 PM

        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. Bob Martinez Jan 17, 2007 09:30 PM

        I'll plagarize myself -

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

        1. amyleechen Jan 17, 2007 09:33 PM

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

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            princess43215 Jan 17, 2007 09:33 PM

            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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              surly Jan 17, 2007 11:15 PM

              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.

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                princess43215 Jan 18, 2007 09:13 PM

                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.

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                  surly Jan 19, 2007 06:09 PM

                  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.

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              akk Jan 17, 2007 09:35 PM

              I keep posting about it, but for both steak and burgers Ottomanelli New York Grill on Lex at 93rd.

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                jcm76 Jan 17, 2007 10:18 PM

                What about the Burger Joint, in the le meridien hotel at 56th & 6th. $8 for an awesome burger, drink, and fries. Atmosphere leaves something to be desired, but the food is great!

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                  angelo04 Jan 19, 2007 05:07 PM

                  I agree, the burgers do kick a$$. Heard good things about the shake shack but they don't have beer.

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                    megan Jan 19, 2007 08:20 PM

                    Actually, they *do* serve beer:


                    Of course, the point is moot as they're closed for the winter. :)

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                      angelo04 Jan 21, 2007 02:12 AM

                      I thought they didn't. This is even more incentive to get there once the good weather comes and they reopen, thanks

                2. guttergourmet Jan 17, 2007 10:27 PM

                  Pauls on 2nd avenue not for the best burger but the best meat to price ratio.

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                    marlosse Jan 18, 2007 06:03 PM

                    I still haven't found a single burger better in taste or cost than the Corner Bistro. Tried Molly's last week, and it was really, really good, but still...no cigar.

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                      guttergourmet Jan 18, 2007 06:36 PM

                      agreed see my top burger list

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                        clim212 Jan 19, 2007 11:43 AM

                        I have to agree with you Marlosse - the Corner Bistro is really the best in the city!

                      2. ronoc Jan 18, 2007 06:55 PM

                        Broome Street Bar on Broome and W Broadway. Big juicy burger, served in a pita. 8 bucks maybe? Served with chips, not fries.

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                          ballulah Jan 19, 2007 05:04 PM

                          Broome St makes a pretty good burger, but that pita is such a disappointment if you were expecting a bun!

                        2. Peter Cuce Jan 18, 2007 09:08 PM

                          The West Side Diner on 9th Ave has surprisingly good burgers, very fresh tasting. Burgers & Cupcakes has great ones, nice small size with a good bun. Old Town on 18th St.

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                            billiem Jan 19, 2007 01:15 AM

                            My vote goes to Big Nick's as well. Delicious burgers. Either location works for me in a pinch.

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                              Scotty100 Jan 19, 2007 02:42 AM

                              Burger Joint is so far ahead of JG Mellon and Corner Bistro its unreal...

                              Big Nicks is great. But it's definitely an "after 10 beers or more" option...

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                                Sweatshirt Guy Jan 19, 2007 02:39 PM

                                What area are you looking for? Every neighborhood has a solid beer burger joint. Molly's in Gramercy, Tavern on Jane (My favourite burger/beer joint) or the Corner Bistro in the West Village, Flight 151 in Chelseafor example.Buger joint is a deal but has a weird vibe don't it? Do they serve beer there?

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                                  Cheesy Jan 19, 2007 02:39 PM

                                  Let me add Tavern on Jane into the mix. It is across the street (8th Ave.) from Corner Bistro, and unlike The Bistro (which is fine for what it is), they have a real beer selection ($5 pint) and they make a consistently under-rated burger that is always cooked properly. With fries (or any side you want – try the mashed potatoes), pickles slaw, etc. it is $9. You can find cheaper, cooler, and yes, even better, but being they get a good score on service, quality, price, atmosphere, location and value, it is an altogether good spot. Lastly, unlike most of the other listings, which I largely agree with (except calling the Bisto Burger the best in the city), Tavern on Jane is not over run by Frat Boys – not that there is anything wrong with that.

                                  p.s. Burger Joint is no longer $8 for a burger, fries and a drink, however, it is still very good.

                                  1. ssf36 Jan 19, 2007 02:58 PM

                                    Daily Lunch Special at Mr. Biggs, 43rd & 10th. A very decent burger on a pedestrian bun, good fries, small salad and a glass of - yuck - Coors Light for $7.

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                                      eve Jan 19, 2007 04:12 PM

                                      Waterfront Ale House--30th and 2nd has an out of sight burger. Definitely better than Molly's--which I really like.

                                      1. mangiabeve Jan 19, 2007 04:20 PM

                                        I like PAUL's on 2nd ave and st marks... big, fat, juicy burgers made on a grill (covered with an upside down stainless steel bowl)... definitely a B4YB... and the pickles?!?!?! really good.

                                        1. JoanN Jan 19, 2007 04:51 PM

                                          I don't understand for the life of me why Big Nick's on B'way gets positive reviews here. It's in my nabe. I've been twice. The second time because the first was so bad I figured it just had to be an anomaly. It wasn't. Both times: stale bun, too big for the skinny meat patty; meat patty that seemed full of filler; patty so thin medium-rare turned out gray on the outside and still medium to well on the inside. Couldn't finish either one of them. Never again.

                                          All State, on W 72nd, is only a few blocks away and they do a great burger in a very significantly more pleasant atmosphere for not much more money.

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                                            NAtiveNewYorker Jan 19, 2007 05:51 PM

                                            Well said. Lousy burger.

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                                              amyleechen Jan 19, 2007 06:51 PM

                                              I stand by Big Nick's burger. I can't recall a bad one in 20 years of going there. JoanN, I'm sad you had bad burger experiences there. That's a shame. Don't know how to square the discrepancy between our respective experiences.

                                              I love All-State, but not for their burgers. As I recall, last I had one it was on an English Muffin and I prefer a bun. Everyone has a burger joint to champion, and that is just one of life's great joys when you are a Chow Hound. For me -- it's Big Nick's.

                                          2. ballulah Jan 19, 2007 05:45 PM

                                            I like to get a burger and beer at the bar at Nancy Whiskey's on West Broadway just below Canal. Especially at lunch time. Great dive-y bar, good beer, and the burger and fries are around $5.

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                                              big o Jan 19, 2007 06:38 PM

                                              Burger Joint tops my list, and I think Corner Bistro puts out chowhounds most overrated food item of any type.

                                              If I don't feel like heading uptown, I've found that Soho Park (Prince & Lafayette) gets the job done. The burgers are good and their onion rings handily beat out most of these other place's fries.

                                              Their hazelnut egg cream is particularly good as well.

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                                                marlosse Jan 19, 2007 06:48 PM

                                                Alright, I'm gonna out on a limb here and risk complete and utter chowhound embarrassment, but I actually like the burger at Dallas BBQ. There. I said it.

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                                                  Cheese Boy Jan 19, 2007 07:31 PM

                                                  I was pleasantly surprised too. I went to their 3AV/73st location and I must have either caught them on a good day or the phases of the moon must have been just right for hamburger preparation that day. Their burger tasted *fantastic*, truly unbelievable. The ground sirloin that was used tasted like it was prime! Maybe you too can get lucky. I did!

                                                  Link: http://www.bbqnyc.com/

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                                                    marlosse Jan 19, 2007 08:14 PM

                                                    Thank you, Cheese Boy. I'm glad you didn't leave me hangin'.

                                                2. nyufoodie Jan 20, 2007 03:47 AM

                                                  Burger Joint at LPM will not disappoint and they do serve beer.

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                                                    coffeesheep Jan 20, 2007 02:31 PM

                                                    If you feel up for a short train ride into Queens, then Donovan's Pub has one of the best in the city. I've been a few times and always left happy.

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                                                      laverne Jan 21, 2007 04:23 PM

                                                      I put my money where my mouth is. Had a Big Nicks burger last night. The best uptown. I'd go with Broome St. downtown,with a salad and "chinese dressing" on the side.

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                                                        drumwine Mar 4, 2008 08:23 PM

                                                        Went to Big Nick's 77th St. today.....the burger was juicy & huge, the bun was soft/fresh, the fit between them was perfect. There it is.

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