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Best Burger??

I've lived in NYC for 12 years and I'm still confused by this. Some people say Corner Bistro other people say that's awful and I've promised a friend visiting that I will find the BEST burger.


(added points if the fries are also amazing)

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  1. Walker's in Tribeca, you can get either fries with it or homemade mashed potatoes. FAB! JUICY! OHHH, BABY!

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    1. re: BrooklynKing

      I like Corner Bistro (the beer-soaked smelling floor is a turnoff, though - not easy to enjoy their magificent burger), I LOVE Walker's in Tribeca but yesterday i went to Paul's on Second Avenue between E7th & 8th Streets AND...it was darn gooooood AND it was pretty peaceful and not packed so I really enjoyed watching the guys work the grill behind the counter and my $5.00 burger.

      Note: If you go there, "splurge" on a kaiser roll for your burger as another 'hound suggested I do...it makes ALL the difference!!!

    2. Here we go... In NYC, this is as controverisal a topic as the Death Penalty.
      Second only to the "who has the best pizza" feud.

      What floats your boat?
      Is it size? Fixin's? Grade of beef? The sear?

      Obviously this is going to be subjective and will take into account not only your palate, but also the experience you have while you are in the establishment.

      I also like Corner Bistro, Walker's, Fanelli's, and especially Burger Joint (hiding in the corner of the Parker Meridien hotel on 56/57th St. ) But that's not an exhaustive list.

      1. My favorite burger is at Brooklyn Diner - Amazing, just look at the attached photo. Bacon, cheese, fried onions, buttered grilled brioche bun. Just a great grease bomb albeit pricey ($17) and fries aren't great. Here's a link to my review:

        Houston's delivers the best burger fry experience in the city and they never mess it up. I know it's a chain, but its an upscale chain and it's just awesome. Always. Ribs are also incredible there. I recommend a burger/rib split.
        Here's a link to my review:

        1. Donovan's in Woodside has one of the best burgers in NY. The fries are pretty good too!

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          1. re: chefstu

            Sad to report that Duffy's has gone downhill here in the forgotten borough... thought it was just me but my dentist confirms that others have been complaining. It's a small island.

            1. re: Flaco

              What and where is Duffy's? I am talking about Donovan's Pub, a Woodside institution for about 40 or 50 years. I had a burger there in July and it was great.

              1. re: chefstu

                Duffy's is Staten Island's Donovan's... just a great unpretentious place on Forest with a tiny kitchen that broils lump shaped patties served on English Muffins. Unfortunately, the burgers recently seem to have gotten less flavorful... different cut of beef being ground? Seasoning? Hard to figure.

          2. An ordinary, plain burger that's greasy, juicy and just plain satisfying: Steve's Coffee Shop, 162nd Street, block off Northern Blvd., Flushing, Queens.

            1. Try Pete's Tavern on 18th and irving Place. You get atmosphere (inside or out) A darn good burger. Great price. Great fries. And even history! O'Henry wrote Gift of the Magi there. Perhaps not the very best burger but hard to beat with all considered! I enjoy sitting outside.
              A very NY experience. Irving Place is a wonderful little refuge off Grammercy park.

              1. Peter Luger! But it is only served at lunch until 3 PM weekdays.

                1. have you checked out the blog A Hamburger Today? their New York burger posts are at http://aht.seriouseats.com/tags/NYC . it seems like they've tried every burger in the city. I don't know if they've identified a "best" though

                  1. Bonnie's on Fifth Avenue and First Street in Brooklyn. Great burgers. Great fries.

                    1. Yes, this question is fruitless.
                      I've been on this burger search forever.
                      My favorite so far is shake shack.

                      1. The Burger Joint at the Parker Meridien.

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                        1. re: engelfeuer

                          My preference for burgers is a medium-sized patty, cheesy, good toppings, good bun, and all in the right proportion (the In & Out double-double is the gold standard by which I judge burgers). The best approximation of this in Manhattan is, IMO, Goodburger. The organic beef has a wonderful taste, and the burger is perfectly proportioned. I like Shake Shack too, (the bun and the cheese there are unparalleled), but the meat itself is too greasy, too seasoned and kind of tastes like meat loaf. I don't even consider the super-big, NYC-style burgers served at various steak houses and elsewhere when I'm thinking about best burgers. They're good in their own right, but not what I want when I'm wanting a burger fix. Burgers are fast food that can be eaten on the go, not knife and fork food that you need a pile of wet-naps to eat.

                        2. Have you ever been to Major's Meat Market in coney island? An old time buthcher shop. Prime meat, huge piece of meat, super lean = the best burger!

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                          1. re: fatman108

                            Unless something has changed since this report, the owner retired and closed the shop earlier this year ... http://www.nypost.com/seven/02232009/...

                          2. i really can't understand why corner bistro keeps getting mentioned in the best burger lists. not to say i haven't enjoyed a burger from there, but american cheese (only "cheese" option) and a boring, regular bun is nothing special. there's probably hundreds of regular ole pubs in the city that does as good a job on their burger (made in a toaster oven).

                            although the last 2 times i was there, the burger was not as good as it used to be, the burger at le monde 112 st & broadway is the best burger i've had for the right size patty (not a jackson hole gross meat bomb), hand formed of course, marinated greens, a slice of red onion (a whole slice, not just a few overlapped rings) and tomato that is the same diameter of the burger, a nice selection of real cheese, and served on a brioche bun. the fries are well done shoestrings with the skin on em... crunchy and flavorful, unlike the thick, undercooked, run of the mill, pasty fries from corner bistro.

                            best late night burger (open 23 hrs) is at big nicks on broadway around 78 st. the (majority of) servers there are totally rude though, blows my mind how they can be in the service industry. it's a regular white bread bun, but they make like 80 different kinds of burgers. seriously, their burger menu is at least 3 pages long; so big nicks definitely has the most variety for burgers.

                            1. never had it but the black label burger at minetta tavern ($26) is supposed to be great. it's a blend of meat exclusive to minetta from boutique butcher pat la frieda, the result of 90 years of butchering experience.