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Mini-burgers with my Mini-me

guttergourmet Mar 9, 2008 10:03 AM

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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    pacz RE: guttergourmet Mar 9, 2008 11:00 AM

    Davis Burke at Bloomingdales has sliders on small English muffins.

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      nativeNYer RE: pacz Mar 9, 2008 11:41 AM

      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.

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        Miss Needle RE: nativeNYer Mar 9, 2008 03:20 PM

        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.

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          david sprague RE: Miss Needle Mar 9, 2008 04:59 PM

          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.

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            Miss Needle RE: david sprague Mar 9, 2008 05:26 PM

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

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              nativeNYer RE: Miss Needle Mar 9, 2008 09:25 PM

              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. : )

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            a_and_w RE: Miss Needle Mar 10, 2008 05:11 PM

            They do indeed steam a mean ham...

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          guttergourmet RE: pacz Jun 22, 2008 05:38 AM

          The Burkeburgers were good, thanks.

        3. jakew8 RE: guttergourmet Mar 9, 2008 01:10 PM

          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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            kobetobiko RE: jakew8 Mar 9, 2008 01:37 PM

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

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              jcooper RE: kobetobiko Mar 9, 2008 01:48 PM

              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.

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                peachtart RE: jcooper Mar 9, 2008 02:58 PM

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

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                Daniel76 RE: kobetobiko Mar 10, 2008 09:49 AM

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

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              kobetobiko RE: guttergourmet Mar 9, 2008 01:47 PM

              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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                guttergourmet RE: kobetobiko Mar 9, 2008 06:03 PM

                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).

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                  bosox RE: guttergourmet Mar 10, 2008 09:20 AM

                  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!

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                    mrnyc RE: bosox Mar 13, 2008 10:43 PM

                    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.

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                SAF RE: guttergourmet Mar 10, 2008 09:53 AM

                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. QueenPeach RE: guttergourmet Mar 13, 2008 01:17 PM

                  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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                    nativeNYer RE: QueenPeach Mar 13, 2008 08:18 PM

                    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.

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                    sugartoof RE: guttergourmet Mar 14, 2008 02:04 AM

                    Burger Joint on 3rd with the dollar sliders is closed now.

                    1. guttergourmet RE: guttergourmet May 24, 2008 07:15 AM

                      Took mini-me to the Stoned Crow (no fake ID needed). Watched a game of pool and had 3 bacon mini-cheeseburgers and mozzarella sticks. For some reason, the burgers didn't suit her afterwards and she didn't feel well. Maybe I shouldn't have let her drink all my beer. Only kidding! Her favorite sliders remain those at Stand although she may be prejudiced by the toasted marshmallow milk shake. I prefer Guinness stout myself.

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                        kathryn RE: guttergourmet May 24, 2008 09:18 AM

                        Have you been to the revamped Spitzer's Corner yet? They just introduced sliders to the menu there.

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                          eternalX RE: kathryn Jun 23, 2008 09:15 AM

                          Spitzer's is revamped? I live next door and realized the menu had some added selections, but the food has always been so bad there that I've given up on it

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                            kathryn RE: eternalX Jun 23, 2008 11:28 AM

                            Yes, Wayne Nish redid the entire menu.



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                        chaz RE: guttergourmet Jun 22, 2008 06:27 PM

                        You might try the excellent sliders at Little Owl.

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                          guttergourmet RE: chaz Jul 27, 2008 07:23 AM

                          Those aren't sliders-they're meatballs! Good though.

                        2. kcijones001 RE: guttergourmet Jun 23, 2008 10:52 AM

                          honestly, espn zone has great sliders...
                          for a nicer atmosphere, try the stone rose in the AOL time warner center..INCREDIBLE

                          1. DarthEater RE: guttergourmet Jul 27, 2008 07:48 AM

                            When only the finest will do there is always L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. The best little burgers I've ever had.

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                              Hondo3777 RE: DarthEater Jul 28, 2008 07:26 AM

                              Have the excellent cheesburger sliders (comes with homemade pickles on them) at Dinosaur BBQ. At 5.95 cannot be beat. They also have brisket slders & pulled pork sliders...

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                                sharinski RE: DarthEater Jul 28, 2008 07:35 AM

                                Ted's Montana Grill on 50th and sixth has great sliders. They come as either Bison or regular beef and are served on biscuits.

                                They're great!!

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