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Aug 14, 2008 01:21 PM

Five Guys Burgers & Fries - Anyone Been?

One just opened near me in Park Slope, but I think some Manhattan locations have been around a bit longer. I pass the one on W. 55 every day on the way to the subway. I think they're originally a D.C. chain that has branched out. They get some good press, and mixed reviews on the D.C. and other Chowhound boards.

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  1. They are from DC and have many locations nationwide. I personally think the place is vastly overrated, but I know some people who love it. I live in the Park Slope area too and would rather have a burger from Bonnie's, Beast, Soda and others.

    1. It's a regular stop on my junkfood circuit in the West Village. Buns are soft, burgers are juicy (though I think a little skimpy. It's best to go with a double), bacon is flavorful, hot peppers are actually hot. I usually get a double bacon cheeseburger all the way with mushrooms, onions, jalapenos and BBQ sauce. It's a greasy mess that dribbles satisfaction down your hands. Fries, either plain or cajun, are not that great.

      1. I love Five Guys Burgers!! They are the best fast food burgers hands down. Beware all of the regular burgers mean two patties while a small is one. You can get almost any kind of topping for free and no need order a large fry. I don't know anyone that could finish one of their small fries and have any room left for the burger. They give you tons.

        1. It's overrated but still better (and cheaper) than 5 Napkin. That place has the worst fries in the city.

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          1. re: ExFlexitarian

            I don't think you can compare 5 Napkin and 5 Guys as they are two completely different styles of burgers. The 5 Napkin burger is a thick 10 oz burger with comte, caramelized onions and rosemary aioli. 5 Guys are more like In n Out style -- thinner patties with your choice of toppings. I thought the fires at 5 Napkin were fine, but too salty.

            Peter Cherches, if you haven't already, you may want to check out the Chains board as there are a few posts about it. Here's a link to one of them:


          2. i went twice to the one on 55th...first time i nearly dubbed it the closest thing to in n out in nyc. that was a mistake. second time, the bun was nearly soggy and fluffy...and chewy. the burger was a bit wasnt horrible but not what i want in a burger.

            fries are decent...