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Something like an 'In-and-Out' burger

My career soldier friend will becoming to NYC this spring while on his military leave. He is currently stationed at a remote base in Iraq and the one US food item he craves is an In-and-Out burger, but we do not have any here.

Can anyone suggest a place to take him to that will come close and satisfy his taste buds?

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  1. Five Guys probably comes the closest. Shake Shack as well. But my vote is for Five Guys.

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    1. re: Miss Needle

      Five Guys is pretty bad. It tastes like Playdoh with salt. Shake Shack is a million times better.

      1. re: Peter Cuce

        I'll have to respectfully disagree with you. Personally I think Shake Shack is overrated -- but that may also have to do in part with those insane waits.

        And the fries at Five Guys are so much better than Shake Shacks.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          The fries I had at Five Guys were pretty bad as well. I guess we have different taste. I'm not a huge Blue 9 fan, but I thought that was better than Five Guys as well.

          1. re: Peter Cuce

            im with miss needle here...minus the 'animal style' thousand island dressing, five guys is the closest i can get to in and out.

            the place isnt much but i enjoyed my burger and fries a lot.

            1. re: Peter Cuce

              I've never had Five Guys, but I have to agree with Shake Shack that is is completely overrated and nothing close to In-and-Out

        1. Resto. I asked them about it once because the recipe seemed so 'unbelgian' to me and the waiter told me that they're based on the in-n-out burger.

          1. Try Joe's Best Burger in Flushing. The closest I've found to the In N' Out experience in NYC.
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/249775

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            1. re: E Eto

              Not having any personal experience in Iraq and can only image the horrors one would witness there....The thought of sitting in Madison Square Park in springtime having a Shake Burger and shake would be pretty damn good...

              1. re: Cpalms

                I'll agree with you that the experience of eating at Shake Shack is nice on a warm spring day.

                OP, if you're friend is also homesick for the In n Out decor as well as its food, Joe's Best Burger and Five Guys look similar to In n Out with the red and white theme.

            2. In-N-Out Burger is hard to find a comprable here in NYC. Having said that, Shake Shack in Madison Square Park would be a terrific place for somebody that's stationed in an Iraq military base to spend a great burger lunch at in spring time.