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Jul 5, 2008 03:41 PM

new underrated best burger spots

I am a regular to Parker meridien and shake shack. they are some of my favorite burgers.
however, i am pissed off about Corner Bistro, it went downhill the last 2 years. Worse meat, new grill guy that can't cook anything..

But here are two of my favorite new burgers that are under-rated or not even spoken about:

Fairway Cafe- Broadway and 75th street. amazing burger. $8 chesseburger with amazing fries. almost as good as parker meridien.

The One Burger- Lexington btwn 79th 80th street. amazing like fairway. cheap and underrated. its a greesy coffee shop but has the best burgers

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  1. I'm going to have to try The One Burger. I really liked the burger I had at Ottomanelli on Lex. & 93rd - and great waffle fries. I thought both were better than J.G. Melon's. I'd rate it 3rd after Shake Shack and Stand, but I've not tried the one at the Parker Meridian/Burger Joint - lines too long when I've tried.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Ruth, as far as BJ goes, i've stood in the middle of the Parker lobby and the wait was less than 15 minutes. From line to filled order, BJ is 5x faster than shake shack. I'm also partial to Burger One due largely that the burgers taste EXACTLY how my father made them while growing up. And while i may be laughed out of the room, I think Goodburger usually gets a worse rap than deserved.

        1. re: MMRuth

          5x faster is a bit of an exaggeration. I eat at Burger Joint fairly regularly -- the wait is comparable to Shake Shack, maybe a little shorter. The nice thing about BJ is that you can call ahead. Also, if the line is too long, you can hit Prime Burger nearby. One place that never gets any respect is NY Burger and Co. It's not Shake Shack or Burger Joint, but I've had some nice burgers.

          1. re: a_and_w

            I have never waited in a line at burger joint that's been anything close to the line at shake shack. Admittedly, I don't go during weekday lunch hours, but I regularly go during the weekday at night and it's rare to wait more than 15-20 minutes (and often shorter) in line (versus a regular 45+ minute wait at shake shack).

            1. re: Blumie

              Sorry, I meant weekdays from about noon until 3pm. The line is often around the corner in the lobby. It's ridiculous during the summer with tourists adding to the midtown lunch crowd.

            2. re: a_and_w

              I've always found NY Burger Co to be underseasoned and overcooked. Their sauces are awesome, though, but to me, that's just masking the inherent flaws in the patty.

              1. re: kathryn

                Yes, they use leaner meat, which makes it very easy to overcook the burgers. Still, I've had some wonderfully pink patties that needed the big brioche bun to contain the juice. I much prefer Shake Shack in the area, but I think this is a backup worth trying when the lines are ridiculous. Never tried the sauces...

                1. re: a_and_w

                  The sauces are good, and especially on their fries!

      1. I've only tried it once, so I'll have to report back after at least another sampling, but I ordered the burger at the Grisley Pear, on MacDougal between Bleecker and 3rd, and it was surprisingly good. Of course, the pitcher of beer and the Wednesday night bluegrass jam in the back room featuring "Sheriff Uncle Bob" certainly helped!

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        1. re: Blumie

          a great underrated burger spot, especially when the line at the burger joint (perker meridian) is to long, is Astro Dinner on 55th and 6th, classic old school dinner burger....a rarity these days..

        2. there are some great burgers in coffee shops all over town - gracies corner on 86th % 1st pops to mind - though i have not been there since i moved into the low 70's. funny how NYC is a lot of small towns shoved together

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          1. re: thew

            The Gauchita burger at Estancia in Tribeca is absolutely delicious. It's expensive at $15, but it is truly unique (mixed meat?) and a great meal with some of their wines by the glass.

            Estancia 460
            460 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: il Trifulau

              ya its quite good although they served it once on foccacia or something like that and the combination of the bread and the rich meat was way too much. delicious tho.

          2. I know they're both chains, but I've had two really good burgers at Houston's and PJ Clarke's (both on 3rd ave in the 50s).

            1. my top burgers outside of burger joint and shake shack have to be Market Table, Zip Burger (on occasion, though I don't like their pricing for topping scheme), Rare, PJ Clarke's, Houston's , Beast in Brooklyn and Flatbush Farm

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              1. re: ginsbera

                I've gotta second Market Table, whose burger doesn't get any respect on these boards. Good stuff.