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Mini-burgers with my Mini-me

My 9 year old daughter will only eat her cheeseburgers mini-sized (guess that's better than super-sized). We've had Burger Joint (no relation to the Parker Meridien burger place) on little potato buns, Rare on Bleecker, Stand on 12th and Pop Burger on 9th Ave. They all tend to make little brioche buns which are very good. I also have a sweet spot for White Castle and Sassy's Slyders but my daughter won't go for the onions. The winner, far and away, was Stand with Rare coming in second. Any other contenders? I noticed the Stoned Crow, one of my favorite normal sized burger hangouts, offers them but I've never taken Mini/Me. Since it's a bit of a divey bar, not sure they'd let her in (unless I bring her fake ID).

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  1. Davis Burke at Bloomingdales has sliders on small English muffins.

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    1. re: pacz

      go back to white castle and ask them to leave off the onions and anything else your mini/me doesn't like. i get mine with no pickles and, when i was a kid, i always had mine without onions as well. white castle's burgers are just classic as far as minis are concerned and, the few other mini burgers i've tried (i.e sassy's slyders) just don't measure up. i know stone creek on e27 (lex and 3rd) sells mini burgers/sliders but i haven't tried them yet. any reviews i've read on these anywhere have not been positive. most come out tasting like hockey pucks.

      1. re: nativeNYer

        Yeah, White Castles will make your burgers without onions if asked. I actually passed by one today and ordered one White Castle without pickles. White Castles is a guilty indulgence I have once every few years. Last time I had it was after I saw Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. As they said in the movie -- when you've got a craving, nothing else will do.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          miss needle, you are a paragon of self-control....ONE white castle? i bow before you :)

          but seriously, folks....white castle will let yo have it your way, and i still prefer them to all the other, "classier" models.

          but if you're craving something with a little more atmosphere -- but not too much -- the pj clarke version is good and cheap enough that if the burgers get a thumbs down, not too much harm will be done.

          1. re: david sprague

            Actually, I was on my way to brunch. So I don't have as much self-control as you think I have. : )

            1. re: Miss Needle

              lol. ok, that's more like it but i still would have had two. :) i can't ever just have one. the first burger just kind of creates the base layer of taste in your mouth. ya really need to have a second one... or at least a double. : )

          2. re: Miss Needle

            They do indeed steam a mean ham...

        2. re: pacz

          The Burkeburgers were good, thanks.

        3. The mini PJs at P.J. Clarke's cannot be beat. I've only had them there and at the Third Ave & 55th St location, though--can't vouch for the Columbus Circle one.

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          1. re: jakew8

            I like the mini sliders at PJ Clarke as well. They are only $3 each at lunch time at the WFC location.

            1. re: kobetobiko

              Anyone know a market/bakery who sells really good mini-buns? I used hot dog buns, cut in half, once -- but it is no substitute for the real thing.

              1. re: jcooper

                Amy's in Chelsea market has mini brioche if you like a brioche bun for your burger.

              2. re: kobetobiko

                I am speaking only from a single experience.. The mini guys at PJ clarks Columbus were dry and tasteless.

            2. I am guessing that she may like the kobe sliders at Stanton Social. And she may enjoy the decor and scene!?

              If you want to introduce her to something slightly different, try the sliders at Little Owl.

              Oh, and there is Shopsin's

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              1. re: kobetobiko

                I forgot about Shopsins. They are my personal favorites but I couldn't bring myself to order them without the caramelized onions (and Kenny would probably throw me out if I tried anyway).

                1. re: guttergourmet

                  i happen to really enjoy the mini burgers at blondie's (one on the UES and UWS). they're very similar to white castle sliders, in that they contain the onions, which seem to be an acquired taste. i happen to love them.
                  they're deliciously-seasoned burgers with the right amount of cheese and fluffy buns. and it's only $4.75 for an order of 4!

                  1. re: bosox

                    i heard the BLONDIES mini's are the real deal (unfrozen) white castle burgers. i dk if that is true, but they sure look just like'm.

                    speaking of bars, THE PATRIOT in tribeca has good mini burgers too.

              2. Zip Burger (52nd and 2nd) is awesome and super kid-friendly! The Little Zip sounds right up your alley; it comes with a small burger, fries, and a shake or soda for $6.50.

                1. The best I've ever had are the Bison sliders at Aspen. They are the most delicious little things in the world.

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                  1. re: QueenPeach

                    i stopped by new york burger company tonight and noticed a sign announcing the arrival of mini-burgers. looks like they have a variety of these little guys with different toppings. i didn't try them but the burgers are decent. i like the char-grilled taste along with the buns. they are a step below shake shack and burger joint but better than stand and a few of the other places floating around these days.