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Best burger in East village/union square/gramercy

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I don't eat burgers too often but I'm having a craving. Thanks.

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  1. #1 for me is Royale on 11 and C
    #2 is Mollys on 22 and 3rd

    1. I agree about Molly's, which is on 3rd, b/t 22nd & 23rd.

      The burger at Blue Smoke, on 27th, b/t Lex & Park Av. S., is also very good.

      http://www.bluesmoke.com

      Of course, if you're not a weather weenie like me and are willing to brave the cold, there's the Shake Shack.

      http://www.shakeshacknyc.com

      Most recently, I had a truly sensational burger at Pamplona, on 28th, b/t PAS & Madison, where Chef Alex Urena's combination of beef, suckling pig and chorizo makes for a mind-blowing taste experience! And his fries are not too shabby either.

      http://www.pamplonanyc.com

        1. re: MMRuth

          I agree! Stand has multiple burgers: beef, chicken and salmon. Where else can you get a burger as a side to your burger? They cook exactly to your specs and the mayo is perfection.

        2. Best burger is at Blue Smoke. Same burger as shake shack but twice the size.

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          1. re: ESNY

            "Best burger is at Blue Smoke. Same burger as shake shack but twice the size."

            omg(!), now *there* is a rec! i'm ON it!
            :-)

            1. re: TBird

              They will also happily split it for you if you don't want that much burger.

              I tried to eat the whole thing once at lunch, and was in a coma the rest of the day.

            1. re: amysal47

              Thank goodness someone else is try and loving the burger here. It is the only burger in the city that I can just close the top and bottom and enjoy. No need to adjust and remove any toppings. The fact that its only $5 is amazing.

              1. re: princeofpork

                So correct- the toppings are always so fresh and good. Not sure why everywhere else can't do this.

                1. re: roze

                  The BLT and Chicken Fingers are awesome as well.

                  1. re: princeofpork

                    Really!!! I have been trying to find some good chicken fingers for what seems like years now! Thanks!

            2. BLT Burger's lamb merguez burger - 6th ave & 11th/12th st

                1. re: tatiana_nyc

                  I was at Royale on the weekend for Superbowl, clean, friendly atmosphere and the burger is simply wonderful. Fresh toppings and a decent juicy sized burger cooked to medim rare. And very gooey american cheese on top! I will be back even if means trekking over to avenue c...

                  1. Stand House Burger... I like Royale too, but their burgers are a little overcooked for my taste. Stand uses high-quality beef and their medium-rare is a little on the rare side, just perfect, which does the beef justice. The off hours two-for-one deal gets the price down to five buckaroos.

                    1. Goodburger on Broadway b/t 17th and 18th. It's a good burger.

                      1. I haven't been, but based on Roze's description, Seymour Burton sounds pretty darn tasty:

                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/487013