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Jan 7, 2008 11:10 AM

Best burger on the UWS?

I know about Shake Shack and Corner Bistro and Stanton Social -- but what's best on the UWS? I need to take a visiting buddy out to dinner and would like to stay local.

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  1. Bruni likes the "four-napkin" burger at Nice Matin, Amsterdam and 79th.

    Nice Matin
    201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

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    1. re: floretbroccoli

      That sounds very promising. Thank you!

      1. re: floretbroccoli

        Thanks for the suggestions, all. I'm going to send this thread to my buddy and let him pick. I can't decide!

      2. Personally I love the burgers at Big Nick's on Amsterdam and 76th. The Sumo Burger is especially good if you've got the appetite for it.

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        1. re: JungMann

          76 and B'way, right? Please explain to me the appeal. I took my grandsons last summer and just didn't get it. The patty was too thin to be able to be cooked medium rare with an outside char, it tasted to me as though it was full of filler, and the bun was stale. It was so bad, even my grandkids are still laughing about it. Wrong hour? Wrong day? Wrong expectations? I'm very hesitant, but do I need to give it another try?

          1. re: JoanN

            Really? I have a pretty generous appetite and have never been disappointed with the thick, juicy patty that comes from Big Nick's. I've only been mistaken in my choice of toppings (i.e. the guacamole is disgusting, and no one should ever eat an olive burger). I think you may have gone on an off night. Try ordering their sumo cheeseburger and splitting it with a couple grandkids. You won't be disappointed.

            1. re: JoanN

              Are you sure you went to Big Nick's? Their burger is 1/2 pound (the Sumo burger is one pound). They always have a char on my rare burger. I do think it's easily the best burger on the UWS, and I've never had a stale bun in more than 25 years of going there. I do think the burger is significantly better than Nice Matin's, Fred's, or Harriett's, but I am a fan of charcoal grilled burgers.

            1. re: fein

              When I lived on UWS, Fred's was my go-to burger

            2. Harriet's Kitchen is the best hand's down, though it's a somewhat grimy takeout joint with one table. But the most delicious thing I've eaten in months. Here's a drool-worthy pic:

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              1. re: eriny

                And I am drooling, accordingly! Wow...

                1. re: eriny

                  oooh, see I eat at Celeste next door all the time and see their sign mentioning "the best effing burger you will eat" - but I havent tried yet. its time!

                  1. re: metfan630

                    Harriet;s is delicious! I don't usually like anything other than my own burgers (i know i sound horrible) but Harriets was really thick and juicy. Fred's is pretty awesome too.

                    With some hounders on the board...i don't get Big NIck's burgers either. the patty is too thin and wide. It's ok but not great.

                    1. re: kelea

                      Tried Harriet's on Saturday - and I have to agree that it is certainly an outstanding burger. got the bacon cheeseburger medium rare - was cooked to order and had the grilling onions on it also. delicious.

                      Also, their side of chili is tremendously good - i added a little tabasco for extra kick, but the consistency and flavor of the beef was perfect.

                      1. re: metfan630

                        did you get it delivered or did you pick it up yourself? i'm just wondering how well the burger survived the trip home unless you somehow found seating there. i gotta try this place as well.

                        1. re: nativeNYer

                          Ordered it at the counter and walked it to my apt - 71st and Columbus. burger was still a good temperature, but the fries could have been hotter.

                          1. re: nativeNYer

                            I should try Harriett's again. In my experience, it doesn't survive delivery well. But then neither do most burgers.

                  2. Definitely the Bistro Burger at Big Nick's

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