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Absolute best burger in Manhattan?

I must find the best burger in Manhattan! I realize that there are literally hundreds of choices and I continue to hear the same 10 to 15 names over and over again. Can someone narrow the list to the top 5 and be bold enough to say that it's the definitive burger list for Manhattan?

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    1. re: Bob Martinez

      Thanks for linking my rankings. I'd also give Royale, Good Burger and Stand honorable mention. Thumbs down to BLT except for the lamb burger.

    2. shake shack
      corner bistro
      burger joint at le parker meridian

      seem to most consistently make top lists... round out the other 2-slots depending on your preferred burger style.

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        1. Im partial to:

          Blue Smoke
          Burger Joint
          Molly's
          Shake Shack
          Paul's Place

          1. This is well trodden turf. And it very much depends on whether you like the burger cheap and cheerful, with guess-what meat, cold bun and no frills. Or good beef, lots of frills and a heaping of perfect fries.

            burger joint at Parker Meridian
            Balthazar
            The Odeon
            Cafe Luxembourg
            Number 5 slot is ever evolving, and depends on such variables as the weather, the R in the month, level of alchohol in bloodstream, Lent, hormone level of the missus, etc etc..

            - Sean

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            1. re: Sean Dell

              Haha, never ever eat an oyster burger in a month without an R!

              Whatever the month, I do like Paul's on 2nd and St. Mark's. The standard bun can fall apart quite easily, so your best bet is a Kaiser roll for 40 cents more.