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Best burger below 14th street?

foody1964 May 20, 2008 06:26 AM


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  1. jakew8 May 20, 2008 09:27 AM

    If you've never had one before, you have to get one from Corner Bistro. People may prefer others over CB, but you have to try it once because it's a NYC institution.

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    1. re: jakew8
      guttergourmet May 20, 2008 10:40 AM

      Agree though The Stoned Crow does a good impersonation of CB. Recently liked Seymour Burton's and Shorty .32's burgers too.

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      wingman May 20, 2008 09:48 AM

      Royale on Ave C is pretty damn good. Pauls near Astor Place is also a stand out. On the gourmet side I think Delmonicos in the FD serves a great burger.

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        dg5411 May 20, 2008 10:43 AM

        I would definitely second Corner Bistro and Royale as very very good burgers. Five Guys has a location on Bleecker & 7th, and they are a pretty good burger place with more of a "fast food" feel (though not taste). Has anyone been to BLT burger on 6th ave. (around 12th st. I think)? I've never made it there, but theoretically it should be good given the caliber of the BLT name and the fact that they purport to specialize in burgers.

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          Lucia May 20, 2008 11:17 AM

          I only went once soon after it opened. My burger was good, but service was pretty bad... I keep meaning to go back.

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            racer x May 20, 2008 11:58 AM

            Yes, the lamb merguez burger at BLT Burger is fantastic. (Although I prefer it with ketchup or bbq sauce rather than the house sauce.)

            Corner Bistro, and its hamburgers, is IMHO utterly vile.

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            Lucia May 20, 2008 11:17 AM

            Corner Bistro and Spotted Pig

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            1. re: Lucia
              Sugar May 20, 2008 12:14 PM

              Good call on Spotted Pig. Go at lunch time. Only cheese available is blue, fyi.

            2. Mel loves food May 20, 2008 01:53 PM

              Stand has one of the best burgers I've ever had. With a buttery brioche bun and homemade onion savory marmalade their house burger is incredible. Wash it down with a toasted marshmallow milkshake (orgasmic) and accompany it with crispy shoestring fries....it's pretty much one of my favorite meals in nyc.


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                princeofpork May 20, 2008 05:50 PM

                Royale 11th and C. Great outdoor backyard to eat in too. Try the Pork Slap Ale.

              2. vvvindaloo May 20, 2008 06:23 PM

                I am sad to say that CB is nowhere near as good as it used to be. However, it is still a West Village institution, and the people-watching in the bar area is good enough reason to go. Fortunately, we now have BLTBurger (fabulous) and Daddy-O, my personal favorite, on 6th Ave. @ 12th and Bedford @ Leroy, respectively.
                On the east side, I hear Paul's still does a mean burger, though I haven't had one in years. They were great, though, as I recall.

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                  BW212 May 20, 2008 06:43 PM

                  BLT burger is amazing!

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                  foody1964 May 20, 2008 06:47 PM

                  Thanks everyone for your replys.
                  Could someone compare the atmosphere of Spotted Pig and BLT Burger.

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                  1. re: foody1964
                    guttergourmet May 21, 2008 09:26 AM

                    BLT I'd only recommend the lamb burger. There are many better places. The Spotted Pig is great IF you can get a table and IF you like blue cheese on your burger. Try Stoned Crow if you want real "atmosphere".

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                    joeyz May 20, 2008 06:48 PM

                    I strongly second Corner Bistro. Go late night for less of a line and even better ambiance.

                    I would agree with other posters that Paul's and Stand are quality burgers as well. For something a little less substantial try Blue 9 Burger.

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