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Great burger ... AND great fries? Downtown?

mle Jan 29, 2008 01:19 PM

Crispy, crunchy fries.

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    lookingforpig Jan 29, 2008 01:25 PM

    Bobby Van's grille.

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      financialdistrictresident Jan 29, 2008 02:26 PM

      How far downtown? Ryan McGuire's on Cliff Street has homemade fries with skins. I only eat their turkey burgers and they have a good one. My dining companions have liked their burgers. They are closed on weekends. Not as upscale as Bobby Van's grille (in old bank vault - nice ambience) and is a pubbier, neighborhood place. Some also like the burger at Meade's (same owners as Jeremy's) on Peck Slip and Water (no ambience-bar seating, great views of Brooklyn Bridge).

    2. MMRuth Jan 29, 2008 01:25 PM

      There are a lot of hamburger places that people recommend that I've not tried, but I really enjoyed the hamburger and fries (not the shoe string ones) at Stand.

      112 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

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        sam1 Feb 5, 2008 07:09 AM

        agreed on stand.

        also, keen's burger and fries rules.

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        Lucia Jan 29, 2008 02:57 PM

        Spotted Pig has a great burger and fries that are very crispy, crunchy (potato sticks, basically). It's not my type of fry, but if that's what you had in mind, Spotted Pig is the way to go.

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          sammyt55 Jan 29, 2008 03:19 PM

          I second the Spotted Pig....love their burgers and I like the fries as well.

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            MMRuth Jan 29, 2008 03:25 PM

            Lucia - We *really* want to try Spotted Pig, but my husband tends to be wary of waiting - what would you suggest in terms of good times to go w/o a wait?

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              Lucia Jan 29, 2008 03:28 PM

              I've only been once and that was on a Saturday at noon (brunch/lunch). Absolutely no wait and a pretty empty restaurant. I would guess that lunch during the week might be another good time to go. I've never been at dinnertime.

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                MMRuth Jan 29, 2008 03:31 PM

                Thanks! We'll try early one weekend.

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                  roze Jan 29, 2008 04:45 PM

                  I swung by around 3:30 a couple of weeks ago and got 2 seats at the front bar.

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                    MMRuth Jan 29, 2008 04:46 PM

                    Weekday or weekend?

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                      Sugar Jan 29, 2008 05:58 PM

                      I went on a Thursday at about 1PM and had a bar seat (with no wait)...there wasn't a wait for two people at the bar then either. Tables seemed to be waiting 5-10 minutes, nothing major.

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                        MMRuth Jan 30, 2008 03:13 AM


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                        roze Jan 30, 2008 01:58 PM

                        I went on a Saturday. They don't serve the gnudi until 5:30 though if you want to try both that and the burger.

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                          eternalX Feb 2, 2008 08:04 PM

                          Been there twice for dinner during the week at prime time and never waited more than 20 minutes. I generally don't like shoestrings, but these are very good and the burger is almost perfect. I think about the Spotted Pig a lot but tend not to go that far west.

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              kathryn Jan 29, 2008 03:39 PM

              Not sure if this is far enough downtown for your purposes, but I really enjoyed my burger AND fries at Lure. Make sure you get it Lure-style. It comes with sauce, and an onion ring on top. It's a little on the pricey side but a nice treat.

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                jackieparis Jan 30, 2008 02:24 PM

                What about the burgers at Jane? Are they good?

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                  roze Feb 2, 2008 05:53 PM

                  Jane has great burgers!!! They are your regular chuck meat but have a gret char!

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                beef aficionado Jan 30, 2008 03:25 PM

                Schiller's Liquor Bar

                131 Rivington St.
                (Norfolk St.)
                Manhattan, NY

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                  Sugar Jan 30, 2008 05:54 PM

                  Fanelli's makes a good burger and has good fries too.

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                    bouffe Jan 30, 2008 06:28 PM

                    Alias is only open for dinner. I am not sure about Market Table.

                    76 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                    Market Table
                    54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

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                      Renguin Feb 3, 2008 03:05 PM

                      how far downtown are we talking? if it's aaaaaaall the way, i like zaitzeff in the FD. fries are decent too. the burgers are really juicy, which unfortunately the bun's can't totally handle. gets a tad soggy sometimes. the ingredients are all good though.

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                        financialdistrictresident Feb 5, 2008 06:56 AM

                        Zaitzeff is a good suggestion. I have only had their organic, non-beef burgers (blasphemy to this thread . . .). I love their sweet potato fries. It is more of a delivery than eat in place. They do have a few community tables. Family owned and good vibe.

                      2. kcijones001 Feb 5, 2008 07:21 AM

                        Pete's tavern

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