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Burger That's Too Big?

psawce Feb 16, 2007 09:02 AM

I ate at Molly's last night. The burger was really tasty. It was cooked to medium rare the way I asked, and the bun was perfect. But does it really need to be that big? Is there a perfect size for a burger? I think there might be, and I think that many places overshoot it. I don't love Corner Bistro burgers any more. For some reason I think they've fallen off in the last few years, but the size seems about right.

  1. TonyO Feb 21, 2007 03:42 PM

    An 8 oz hand made burger seems to be right on the mark in my opinion.

    1. guttergourmet Feb 17, 2007 04:27 AM

      With burgers thin is definitely not in. Mollys, Donovans, Burger Joint, Paul's, Royale, Fanelli's, Melon's, Clark's and Corner Bistro still reigns supreme!

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      1. re: guttergourmet
        jsmitty Feb 21, 2007 02:58 PM

        I've replied before on this. Daddy-o in the west village hass a great burger.

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        nativeNYer Feb 16, 2007 10:00 PM

        i second the burger joint rec .... and, heck, i still crave white castle . i'd be in trouble if they opened one on the uws. i only know of one in manhattan in midtown west. any others? the slider place on lex in the 80s doesn't come close.

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        1. re: nativeNYer
          a_and_w Feb 21, 2007 09:20 AM

          No others in Manhattan -- you have to go across the river to Jersey.

          1. re: a_and_w
            ESNY Feb 21, 2007 11:43 AM

            There used to be one that was a combo with Church's chicken across 5th ave from the Empire state building. Has it closed? For all I know, it could've closed three years ago.

            1. re: a_and_w
              TipsyMcStagger Feb 21, 2007 12:35 PM

              No other White Castle in Manhattan? Doesn't 103rd and 1st count as Manhattan?


              1. re: TipsyMcStagger
                a_and_w Feb 21, 2007 03:35 PM

                D'oh! There are apparently several other White Castles in Manhattan. Apologies for the confusion...

          2. bakedbeans Feb 16, 2007 01:51 PM

            Molly's is a perfect burger. You might like White Castle better.

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            1. re: bakedbeans
              a_and_w Feb 16, 2007 02:40 PM

              Nothing wrong with White Castle -- they steam a mean ham.

            2. a_and_w Feb 16, 2007 12:40 PM

              Have you tried Burger Joint in the Parker Meridien? Sort of in between a Shack Burger and Corner Bistro sizes...

              1. NAtiveNewYorker Feb 16, 2007 11:27 AM

                brgr is smaller. but the cost is a loss of jucyness. Thin AND juicy...GoodBurger on 2nd and 43rd...but it's not a waiter-service restaurant.

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                1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                  randymac88 Feb 21, 2007 12:47 PM

                  In my book, Goodburger = Badburger. Totally overpriced, too small, and in my experience dried out. Rare makes a nice burger, but based on the above it definitely could be considered "too big". Definitely a mouthful.

                  1. re: randymac88
                    NAtiveNewYorker Feb 21, 2007 12:59 PM

                    Goodburger is not dry. RARE is dry. Check the boards. I'm not the only one that thinks so.

                    For extra juice, go to SOHO Park. Another excellent, but thin burger.

                    1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                      randymac88 Feb 21, 2007 03:50 PM

                      Maybe YOUR Goodburger wasn't dry, but mine was. Twice. And I ate at Rare today and it was a pretty good burger. Plenty of juice. I'm just reporting on my own experience though, as quite obviously they vary.

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