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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.

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    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.

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        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:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/546818

          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 meal-y...it wasnt horrible but not what i want in a burger.

            fries are decent...