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Where can I find the best burger on the Upper East Side. I would love it if they would deliver to 86th and 2nd

bryannyc Jun 16, 2008 02:44 PM


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  1. MMRuth RE: bryannyc Jun 16, 2008 02:47 PM

    The best burger I have had recently is from Ottomanelli's - better than J. G. Melon, as are their fries.

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      bryannyc RE: MMRuth Jun 16, 2008 02:49 PM

      The one in the 90s or the one on york?

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        MMRuth RE: bryannyc Jun 16, 2008 02:57 PM

        The one in the 90s - at Lex. Also, the burger at Square Meal is great, but I'm not sure they deliver.

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        MMRuth RE: MMRuth Aug 6, 2008 08:49 AM

        I had one again about two weeks ago - just as good - though rather amused when it came with some cherry tomatoes nicely arranged on the bun. The waitress thought I'd ordered them, when in fact I ordered the "sherried mushrooms". Quickly fixed and we all had a good laugh, but I wouldn't bother with the mushrooms next time as they were quite devoid of flavor, sherry or otherwise. The waffles fries are excellent, crisp yet chewy.

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        Taylor.Watson RE: bryannyc Jun 16, 2008 04:18 PM

        I cannot vouch for it yet, as I am going to give it a try for my first time tomorrow or Wednesday, but I've heard some really good things about Joy Burger on 101st and Lex. I do know they deliver, and I'd assume they would make it to 86th and 2nd, but I'll give a report here after I eat there.

        I'd also second Ottomanelli's as just a very good, reasonably priced restaurant.

        If you are looking for a great "fancy pants burger" (as Ed Levine calls them), Cafe D'alsace is really awesome. He ranked it #1 for him, and I tried it and thought it was great too.

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          AriB RE: Taylor.Watson Jun 16, 2008 04:30 PM

          I'll second D'alsace. It's a bit pricey, but if you're looking for a gourmet burger, this might just be the UES's finest. Onions braised in riesling... yum!

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            Smeagel RE: Taylor.Watson Aug 6, 2008 08:30 AM

            After reading this post last week, I gave Joy Burger a shot last night. Very good! I love medium rare burgers, but I've found sometimes in the city ordering medium rare gets you a bloody slab of uncooked cow on a bun - so I ordered medium. Well I got a medium rare burger when I ordered medium, and I was thankful ;) The burger was really delicious (I got the Maxi because I was starving) - you can get a free pickle on the side. The fries are very fresh, crisp and pleasant - and gotta love the bottled soft drinks.

            On top of that it's quite affordable. If you got a midi (5oz) and fries it'd only come to $6.50. That's cheaper than burger king or mcdonalds is in the UES.

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              MMRuth RE: Taylor.Watson Feb 13, 2009 11:10 AM

              I had a burger at Joy yesterday - thought it was very much on the ordinary side - though it occurred to me after eating it that I might have asked for it medium rare, which I did not do. The onion rings were pretty decent, though.

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                dkeatsnyc RE: Taylor.Watson Oct 2, 2009 04:37 PM

                I'll vouch for it everyday of the week and twice on Sundays Too good! Choices of size of burger and sauces and toppings. Fantastic, make the trip! (I have no interest, affiliation or other with this restaurant or area)

                Joy Burger Bar
                1567 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

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                Michael Ambrosio RE: bryannyc Jun 17, 2008 07:10 AM

                The burger at Uptown on 3rd between 88th and 89th is excellent. I don't think they deliver. Ottomanelli's and Cafe D'alsace are also very good.

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                  christinaemcc RE: Michael Ambrosio Aug 7, 2008 01:43 PM

                  yeah, the burger @ uptown is pretty good.i usually get mine @ brunch, but they are on seamless web if you wanna delivery.....

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                  jwelsh8 RE: bryannyc Jun 17, 2008 12:01 PM

                  1. J.G. Melon's - one of my favorite burgers in all of Manhattan
                  2. Luke's
                  3. B. Cafe

                  I should mention Rathbones, too, even though I am not the biggest fan of burgers on English Muffins.

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                    Taylor.Watson RE: jwelsh8 Jun 17, 2008 03:38 PM

                    Ah, I forgot about Lukes. Good call. They definitely make a very good burger. It is a cash only place if anyone was wondering.

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                      MMRuth RE: Taylor.Watson Jun 17, 2008 03:42 PM

                      Where is Luke's?

                      When I was at J.G. Melon's two weeks ago, the fries were pretty lousy. I liked my Bloody Mary though.

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                        Taylor.Watson RE: MMRuth Jun 17, 2008 09:45 PM

                        I believe 79th and third on the Northwest corner.

                        By the way, I tried Joy Burger on 100th and Lex tonight and it was pretty good. But not amazing by any means. It's great for the kind of place it is - which is ordering at the counter and then bringing your food to a seat type of place. And they have a ton of different options for stuff and sauces you can have on your burger. It's definitely a good deal for the price though.

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                          UES Mayor RE: MMRuth Jun 18, 2008 04:19 AM

                          mmruth-i third Lukes!!! very good burger-and like someone else mentioned-cash only

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                            teresa RE: UES Mayor Jun 18, 2008 06:11 AM

                            I'm glad other people agree that Luke's burgers are delicious. I have ordered delivery before and they are still very tasty. I recommend getting the fries too. They deliver it in a paper bag. Yum.

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                        stephaniec25 RE: jwelsh8 Aug 8, 2008 09:21 AM

                        Agreed with JG Melons

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                        missbuilding RE: bryannyc Jun 17, 2008 01:25 PM

                        The Wicked Wolf or Barking Dog. Barking Dog delivers and they have wicked onion rings. WW has a very retro vibe. The food generally sucks, but the burger is quite good. JG Melons sucks.

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                          attractivekid RE: missbuilding Jun 17, 2008 06:25 PM

                          Cafe D'alsace - it's the best in the city...according to Ed Levine of Serious Eats

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                            scoopG RE: missbuilding Aug 6, 2008 10:17 AM

                            Barking Dogs burgers are "non-traditional" - served on focaccia (sp) bread, not a bun. They do deliver though. Starlight Cafe on Third has one of the better "diner" type burgers found in the area.

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                              TryThis RE: scoopG Aug 7, 2008 10:03 AM

                              I have not had a burger at Barking Dog lately but in the past I have asked for the burger on an onion roll instead of the focaccia.

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                            rcm RE: bryannyc Jun 20, 2008 06:52 AM

                            I don't know if they deliver, but Soup Burg at 77th and Lexington gets my vote for best burger in the neighborhood. Fresh beef, patties made to order, well toasted bun, consistently well cooked (and they're not afraid to cook it rare).

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                              Brian W RE: rcm Aug 6, 2008 08:34 PM

                              Soup Burg does make a tasty burger - also a great chocolate egg cream just like they used to taste in the 1950's. I also like some of the wraps too.

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                              ajs42548 RE: bryannyc Aug 6, 2008 02:42 PM

                              I don't know about the other places but I loved Ottomanelli's (on Lex) burger. Burgers are my staple.

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                                digsnola RE: bryannyc Aug 7, 2008 10:32 AM

                                I really prefer Burger One for delivery but often comes overcooked, so order accordingly.

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                                  Gossomer RE: digsnola Aug 7, 2008 11:02 AM

                                  25 year UES resident here. It is amazing how opinions vary. I've been to all places mentioned here, and they all make good burgers. But only JG Melon makes a great burger. Been there hundreds of times. There last week actually. And no burger on the UES, or Manhattan for that matter, equals it. That said, it can be inconsistent. At it's worst it is a very good burger. At it's best it is a thing of beauty.

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                                    MMRuth RE: Gossomer Aug 7, 2008 11:07 AM

                                    I had both the Ottomanelli and the JG Melon ones within a short time of each other, and thought that the former was really quite a bit better, and the fries there were far better. And, no crowds and cheaper to boot.

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                                      scoopG RE: MMRuth Aug 7, 2008 11:19 AM

                                      M - are Ottomanelli's fries of the cottage variety like JG? I prefer regular ol' fries!

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                                        MMRuth RE: scoopG Aug 7, 2008 01:02 PM

                                        They are waffle fries - and really, they are excellent.

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                                  digsnola RE: bryannyc Aug 7, 2008 12:39 PM

                                  Favorite burger on the UES is Melons but they don't deliver. I've had all of the ottomanelli variations, and while I agree its a good burger, after a while I just got bored with it and I certainly didn't crave it like I do for a Melon burger. As for Luke's, had one about an hour ago, taste like burger heaven with a little more char to me. Loved the fries though.

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                                    MMRuth RE: digsnola Aug 7, 2008 01:03 PM

                                    Maybe I just got a less than great JG Melon burger last time - will have to try again!

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                                    acpi RE: bryannyc Aug 7, 2008 12:43 PM

                                    Kinsale Tavern on 3rd Ave between 93rd & 94th

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                                      christinaemcc RE: bryannyc Aug 7, 2008 01:46 PM

                                      Obviously -- JG Melons, but they don't deliver, do they?

                                      I personally hate Jackson Hole but people rave about it.

                                      I've had an OK burger from Burger Heaven....Uptown Lounge and Gracie's Corner are above average too. (all on seamless web)

                                      Wicker Park is good, don't know if they deliver...

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                                        racer x RE: bryannyc Aug 8, 2008 01:52 AM

                                        I've been a fan of Soup Burg (77th & Lex), but just tried Ottomanelli's. Now I've now seen the light. Ottomanelli's has delicious burgers and fries! (Agree with MMRuth, Ottomanelli's burgers and fries taste a lot better than JG Melon's. They're also a better value.)

                                        1. bosun RE: bryannyc Aug 8, 2008 10:33 AM

                                          I went to Ottomanelli's (93rd/lex) yesterday and while the burger was tasty, it was not what I had hoped for. I guess my biggest gripe was that I asked for medium and got well done, and it didn't have much flavor. the bun was great, and the garlicky butter that they dollop on it really added a nice flavor to the whole burger. The waffle fries were also well done.

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                                            MMRuth RE: bosun Aug 8, 2008 11:18 AM

                                            That would bum me out - nothing ruins a burger more, IMO, than having it well done when you don't want it that way. Glad you tried it though! And didn't get any "cherry tomatoes" on your bun!

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