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Burger Joints near Union Square

princeofpork Mar 11, 2008 07:21 AM

Going to be in US doing some shopping tonight. I have my own favorite burger spots (Mollys, Royale...) but would love to try some of the Hounders recommendations.
Any top notch burger spots in walking distance from US?


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    TipsyMcStagger Mar 11, 2008 07:27 AM

    Old Town Bar on 18th has a good burger and plenty of atmosphere.


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    1. re: TipsyMcStagger
      tbear Mar 11, 2008 07:33 AM

      "Going to be in US doing some shopping tonight" -Got to love the strong Euro (or weak dollar.) I second Old Town, though there can be some attitude from the bartenders.

      Edit - it seems so obvious now - duh US = union square.

      1. re: tbear
        DarthEater Mar 11, 2008 07:42 AM

        OP meant Union Square (US).

        Try Stand on 12th. They have an early special and a late special as well.
        3-6PM burger and beer $12
        10PM-12AM 2-for-1 burger


        They have an excellent vegetarian burger as well, for future reference if your dining with a non meat eater.

        1. re: DarthEater
          viva_zapata Mar 11, 2008 08:11 AM

          Stand also has 2 for 1 burgers between 3-6, and happy hour from 6-7, you get a free beer with your burger. Great fries there, too.

        2. re: tbear
          jakew8 Mar 11, 2008 07:42 AM

          I think the prince means Union Square, not United States--haha.

          At any rate, Stand and BLT Burger are also close by. I prefer Stand.

          1. re: jakew8
            princeofpork Mar 11, 2008 07:45 AM

            I did mean Union Square. I am a tried and true NYer and going to Paragon to get some stuff for a ski trip to Utah I am going on.

            1. re: jakew8
              JungMann Mar 11, 2008 08:11 AM

              I'm going to chime in and third Stand. Onion rings are overrated, though. Stick to fries.

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                MMRuth Mar 11, 2008 08:55 AM

                Really? That's good to know - the onion rings "looked good" as they went by me. I'd also recommend the toasted marshmallow shake there. They also have a lot of microbrews on tap.

          2. re: TipsyMcStagger
            ballulah Mar 11, 2008 09:34 AM

            Love the atmosphere at Old Town, the burger is decent, I don't like the fries from there at all...but the other two make up for it.

          3. ballulah Mar 11, 2008 07:47 AM

            Can't forget Shake Shack, it's a short short walk from the north end of Union Square to Madison Square. They are open until 9 pm.

            Shake Shack
            Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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              Lucia Mar 11, 2008 08:51 AM

              If you don't mind the walk, Shake Shack. I second the recs for Stand and Old Town Tavern as well.

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                jdestes Mar 11, 2008 05:56 PM

                Is that Old Town Bar? or Town Tavern?
                When I searched google for old town tavern, I got both of the above results. I am coming to NYC next month and am looking for some good burgers

                1. re: jdestes
                  billyeats Mar 11, 2008 07:14 PM

                  Definitely Old Town Bar. Don't go anywhere near that pit of slime called Town Tavern!

                  1. re: billyeats
                    Lucia Mar 11, 2008 07:31 PM

                    Sorry, yes, Old Town Bar.

                    1. re: billyeats
                      jdestes Mar 12, 2008 06:48 AM

                      Yeah, the website for Town Tavern looks like a frat party gone horribly horribly wrong.


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                  racer x Mar 11, 2008 02:23 PM

                  Lamb merguez burger at BLT Burger, 6th ave (Ave of the Americas) between 11th & 12th Sts.

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                  1. re: racer x
                    jakew8 Mar 11, 2008 06:39 PM

                    Agreed--the lamb burger is the best one on the menu at BLT Burger. Their beef ones are eh.

                  2. princeofpork Mar 12, 2008 09:55 AM

                    SO we ended up going to Stand. I had the burger with the green peppercorn sauce, wife had the classic and friend had the burger with bacon, egg and cheese. The burgers were good and I didnt mind the puffy bun some folks mentioned. All the burgers came cooked perfectly. We ordered both kinds of fries which were pretty run of the mill. The stand out was the Toasted Marshmallow shake. This is reason to return alone. The burgers were good but no where on the level of Mollys IMO. Thanks for the recs, we enjoyed our meal.

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                    1. re: princeofpork
                      ballulah Mar 12, 2008 12:11 PM

                      Thanks so much for reporting back! I find it a bit strange to never know how things turned out when you give recommendations. I've been meaning to try Stand, thanks for the review.

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                      ginsbera Mar 12, 2008 01:00 PM

                      The Smith is another option over on 3rd Ave.

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