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akjinnyc Feb 29, 2008 05:58 AM

Hi there! we have a group of about 8 people getting together for a bday party and we want a divey FUN place with burgers and beer in East Village area. Any ideas?

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    Tex in the City Mar 10, 2008 12:32 PM

    Paul's on 2nd ave is the most consistant. Always good.
    And Five Guys cannot be beat. Nothing facny in the slightest but great burgers!!

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      mc22 Mar 10, 2008 11:27 AM


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        1. re: guttergourmet
          ricky7 Mar 1, 2008 10:28 PM

          went to Molly's first time Saturday afternoon. excellent burger fairly large too. liked the atmosphere. reminded me of old town bar.

        2. zbs Feb 29, 2008 07:59 AM

          Molly's, though it's further north and depending on when you get there 8 may be difficult.

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          1. re: zbs
            princeofpork Feb 29, 2008 09:54 AM

            For 8 people in a pub atmosphere with awesome burgers Royale on 10th ad C is the best choice. One of the top 2 burgers in the city (IMO) and plenty of room for a party of 8. There is a back yard that is heated as well.

            1. re: princeofpork
              roze Feb 29, 2008 11:50 AM

              Second that for all those reason and the freshest burger toppings as well.

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                sugartoof Mar 10, 2008 12:39 AM

                I finally tried Royale after all the good reviews here and can't say I was blown away. The bun was probably the best part. The fries were alright, but appeared to have been cut in half into tiny pieces. I can't see going back with all the other amazing burgers out there. Also in regards to price, if you order fries it comes to $9 which is standard. No special bargain as some have reported.

                1. re: sugartoof
                  TipsyMcStagger Mar 10, 2008 11:10 AM

                  $9 with fries is still a lot better than the $18 I paid at JG Melon the other night (before tip) for a cheeseburger (no fries) and two beers. The beers at Melon come in small mugs, not pints.

                  It's a great burger and it's convenient to where I live, but every time I go there I feel like I've been bent over.


                  1. re: TipsyMcStagger
                    sugartoof Mar 10, 2008 12:59 PM

                    No doubt there are some ridiculously priced burgers (though you did get a midtown beer with yours).... the standard price for the best burgers in the city hover around $7-$12, right?

                    The $6 price at Royale being mentioned on this forum is just a burger, no fries, and you would have to order the extra fries or onion rings to fill up on it. Why do people get excited about the price of a bare burger anyway?

                    I just didn't think it compared a lot of other options in it's price range (and I'm not talking about the shake shack take out places). It's just not worth a special trip to Ave. C

              2. re: zbs
                TipsyMcStagger Mar 1, 2008 06:13 AM

                We did 8 at the round table just by the fireplace at Molly's two weeks ago.

                Such a good burger!


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                MetroDad Feb 29, 2008 07:05 AM

                The best burger in the East Village area is @ Stand (12th & University.) Not really divey though.

                If you're willing to head over to Alphabet City, I think you'll love Royale. Great burgers. Awesome beer menu. Sounds more of what you're looking for.

                1. artfuldestruct Feb 29, 2008 06:50 AM

                  pauls would also be a good place for a tasty burger and beer as well as mcsorley's.

                  1. jakew8 Feb 29, 2008 06:31 AM

                    Here is a huge list of everyone's favorite burgers. They're not sorted by neighborhood but it'll give you some ideas.


                    Royale is on there, along with the Stoned Crow which is in Greenwich Village.

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                      harrison Feb 29, 2008 06:20 AM

                      Royale perhaps

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