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Your favorite underrated burger?

billyeats Dec 9, 2008 11:18 AM

So much talk about burgers & so much of it focuses on the usual suspects (Corner Bistro, Shake Shack, Stand, BLT, Brgr, Royale, etc, etc), but I'm looking for the other spots. Ones that are not necessarily burger-centric or designer-burger.

A good example might be The Stoned Crow. I've heard good things. My underrated pick would go to Bar 6. I had a fantastic burger there recently. What's your fave?

  1. MMRuth Dec 9, 2008 11:21 AM

    Ottomanelli's at 93rd or 94th & Lex - great burger, $5.95, cooked to order. Excellent waffle fries for a little more money.

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      ajs42548 Dec 10, 2008 10:53 AM

      I agree, Ottomanelli's makes a great burger and is not expensive. I like what they've done with the place as well.

    2. D...DF Dec 9, 2008 11:43 AM

      Westville / Westville East.

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        ASchinder Dec 9, 2008 11:44 AM

        Tavern on Jane has an excellent burger. I'm not sure it falls into the category of "underrated," because it's gotten its share of attention, though it certainly isn't overrated.

        Zaitzeff in the Financial District is one of the City's great unheralded burgers as well.

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          Haideh Dec 11, 2008 06:30 PM

          I think the burger at Tavern has gone way downhill this last year. An underrated (and very good burger) awaits you just across the street at Art Bar...with your choice of excellent fries or onion rings.

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            mrnyc Dec 20, 2008 06:33 PM

            agree the ToJ burger is very meh. a booby prize to CORNER BISTRO across the street.

            but i wouldnt eat anything coming out of art bar, its fine for a drink, but its a real grungy pit.

            for a burger twist i like australian style at EIGHT MILE CREEK. get it with "the lot," the twist there being a beet slice & a fried egg. the egg really mellows the burger flavor w/o detracting from it.

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            Guinness02122 Dec 9, 2008 11:53 AM

            Clancy's on 51st and 2nd Ave. Great Guinness too.

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              Aceitunas Dec 9, 2008 12:56 PM

              Community Food and Juice up by Columbia

              1. fldhkybnva Dec 9, 2008 01:40 PM

                I love the bison burger at Ted's Montana Grill...oh and the onion rings.

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                  Guinness02122 Dec 9, 2008 02:17 PM

                  As any NFL stadium would wonder, "WHERE'S ANGUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I mean Angus Young and also the glorious bovive, we'll all call Angus. Bison is too tough. 78% fat baby

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                    chow_gal Dec 10, 2008 09:00 AM

                    what does this post mean? A PLACE called Angus Young? or that angus is good beef?

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                      helminthes Dec 11, 2008 11:47 PM

                      A 78% patty would kill anyone upon contact.

                  2. ow77 Dec 9, 2008 07:45 PM

                    5 Ninth, mainly for the bacon and cheese.

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                      HowfreshEats Dec 9, 2008 08:45 PM

                      One of my favorite burgers that never gets thrown into the burger conversation is Piper's Kilt in Inwood, and in the Bronx. For 10 plus years I have always had a great burger there. An 8 oz patty that's always cooked the right way (medium rare) and full of flavor. While I prefer the 231st location (231st on the 1 train) because it's a little bigger, the 207th and Broadway branch works just as well. If you're hungry you can upgrade to the 10 oz. Broadway Burger.

                      Be warned that it's an ugly burger, no uniform patty shape, but it's in my top 5.

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                        howster Dec 10, 2008 08:47 AM

                        I hear ya on the pipers kilt their burgers are the best It has been a long time since I have been there on 231st street use to go for sunday brunch all u can drink with brunch and I always had the burger eggs benidcts also once or twice but I love the burgers I liked mine med rare

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                          Miss Needle Dec 10, 2008 10:36 AM

                          I agree with Piper's Kilt. Never been to the 207th location, but the 231st location always cooked my burger to perfection.

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                            jmd350 Dec 11, 2008 05:48 AM

                            So glad to hear someone comment on Piper's Kilt. I've only been to the one in Eastchester. I don't know what they do to the burgers or what kind of meat they use but they taste amazing. I always have to make a stop there when I am up in the burbs. Nothing like a day of big box shopping followed by a burger and beer at Piper's Kilt. It is by far my favorite burger of all of the "usual suspects" in Manhattan.

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                              bosun Dec 11, 2008 07:48 AM

                              The Best!!! I love the Kilt burgers. Have to say that I think they do a better burger at the 231st location.

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                                LRS Dec 13, 2008 11:25 AM

                                I go very often to Piper's Kilt on 231 and I have to say that when the burgers are good they're VERY good, but I find it to be hit and miss. They quality of the meat they use changes a lot, I don't know why.

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                              UWSEater Dec 10, 2008 08:29 AM

                              An underrated burger on the UWS is the one at the Neptune Room. I know it's weird to order a burger at a seafood place, but trust me.I like it more than the burger at Nice Matin, Jackson Hole, or pretty much anywhere else on the UWS. Brioche Bun, bacon, cheddar, and nice and juicy, was quite surprised when I ordered it.
                              Has become a standby for me when I can't decide on anything else on the menu.

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                                D...DF Dec 10, 2008 10:23 AM

                                The Neptune Room is indefinitely closed.


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                                  UWSEater Dec 10, 2008 03:13 PM

                                  Totally forgot it had closed down, walked by the other day and saw it papered. Hopefully it re-opens as the same place, as it was always a brunch standby.

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                                    megc Dec 12, 2008 11:03 AM

                                    Hope they open back up and do not eliminate the french toast from the menu! It's very good.

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                                Blumie Dec 10, 2008 11:30 AM


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                                  steakrules85 Dec 10, 2008 11:31 AM

                                  Rare bar and grill and Uncle Jack's.

                                  1. Alberto Benenati Dec 10, 2008 01:16 PM

                                    Petite Abeille burger... definitely underrated and definitely delicious

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                                      sararose Dec 10, 2008 01:35 PM


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                                        yinzerniner Dec 10, 2008 01:58 PM

                                        The Daddy-O burger is the best burger in town. And it comes with TOTS

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                                          TipsyMcStagger Dec 10, 2008 04:02 PM

                                          Finnegan's Wake

                                          1st and 73rd

                                          1. misnatalie Dec 10, 2008 05:05 PM

                                            La Palette on Greenwich Ave. Perfectly seasoned and cooked. Great cheese bread too.

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                                              kpsquared Dec 10, 2008 06:35 PM

                                              I love Houston's burger. I know it's a chain, but it's delicious. Also: Rue 57.

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                                                kissy28c Dec 12, 2008 09:44 AM

                                                i have to agree with you on Houston's burger. They slather it in mustard, bbq sauce, cole slaw, cheddar.. the works. I know it's a chain but they do this oh so well.

                                              2. thew Dec 10, 2008 07:23 PM

                                                gracies corner 86th and 1st

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                                                  kobetobiko Dec 11, 2008 06:43 AM

                                                  My recent tried good burger: Irving Mill

                                                  1. bosun Dec 11, 2008 07:51 AM

                                                    I've been hearing really good things about "the black label" burger at city burger (w37th). I have to check it out.

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                                                      bosun Dec 12, 2008 08:35 AM

                                                      I don't know why I said this was on 37th. City Burger's official address is 1410 Broadway but it's on W39th Street.

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                                                        bosun Dec 22, 2008 09:22 AM

                                                        tried the black label today. it's OK but it looks like they have them pre-cooked off to the side of the grill and throw them back on to heat them up. the burger had a nice meaty flavor and was cooked to medium, but the one i got was a bit rubbery.

                                                        one minor burger cooking pet peeve - the cook was pushing down on the burger with his spatula, thus letting all the juices out. i would say that for the price (10 +) that you could skip this burger.

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                                                        MattDiG Dec 11, 2008 09:00 AM

                                                        The Bondi Road (Rivington and Suffolk) Burger with the Lot. Who knew beets and pineapple belong together on a burger?

                                                        If you go for Brunch on Saturday or Sunday you get the burger and unlimited drinks for $15

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                                                          nmuva98 Dec 11, 2008 09:14 AM

                                                          Not underrated, but I think Spotted Pig has hand's down the best burger in the city. Irving Mill is a close second.

                                                          I never did understand why New Yorkers go nuts over place like Corner Bistro, Shake Shack, BLT Burger, etc. For those of us who grew up in the suburbs, Midwest, South, etc. the burgers at those places taste just like when we used to eat out at McDonald's as little kids....

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                                                            bosun Dec 11, 2008 10:31 AM

                                                            I would say comparing those places to McDonalds is quite far fetched.

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                                                              TarquinWinot Dec 12, 2008 02:00 PM

                                                              I don't know if I'd compare them to McDonalds (at least McDonalds I crave intensely when hungover).

                                                              I agree with the sentiment, however. Burgers are like Mexican food, something New York just can't seem to wrap its head around in a way for me to want to wrap my mouth around. For you New Yorkers, it's like eating Pizza in other parts of the country. You wonder, what's in the water, or ground chuck (which, like water, in necessary to life) so that they can't get this right?

                                                              Not to say all NY burgers are bad. I like the Spotted Pig as well. Anyone tried the burger at Resto? I've heard it's good. Less precious, I've tried the burger at that dive on 2nd Ave, around 9th, and say it's one of the better I've ahd around here. It made me ill, in a good way.

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                                                                windycity Dec 20, 2008 03:34 PM

                                                                I don't think Shake Shack is quite Mickey D's but as another Midwesterner I concur that they don't do burgers as well as Kopp's or Culver's. And this goes quadruple for their custard.

                                                              2. thew Dec 11, 2008 10:52 AM

                                                                the kobe burger at buzina pop

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                                                                  secondbecky Dec 11, 2008 02:22 PM

                                                                  ok is it blasphemous to say Five Guys Burger?

                                                                  I don't know if they're in Manhattan yet but I know of two locations in Bklyn.

                                                                  I've heard good things about Five Napkin Burger as well.

                                                                  Planning on checking out City Burger imminently.

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                                                                    billyeats Dec 12, 2008 06:51 AM

                                                                    I would not say mentioning Five Guys is blasphemous - it's one of the best high-quality fast food burgers (& fries) you can get. But it sure ain't underrated! It gets a lot of mentions in burger discussions. Yes, there are a couple in Manhattan now.

                                                                    I also would not say Spotted Pig or Molly's belong in the category. These are definitely often mentioned as well. I'm gonna try Petit Albeille soon - have not yet had the burger there.

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                                                                    gonnif Dec 11, 2008 03:04 PM

                                                                    South's in Tribeca. Really good with excellent fries. Also agree with Petit Abiele, pancetta always welcome in my world. Frites top notch imo.

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                                                                      ToastMaster Dec 11, 2008 05:14 PM

                                                                      I love the burger at 8 Mile Creek in NoLiTa (and the fries are great, too). My friends always give me a look when I bring them there and strongly suggest the burger (who would think Aussies could make a great American burger!) but they trust me enough to go along with my suggestion and are always glad they did.

                                                                      1. guttergourmet Dec 11, 2008 05:51 PM

                                                                        How about Big Nick's Burger Joint on the UWS? Classic.

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                                                                          winedanddined Dec 12, 2008 04:36 AM

                                                                          2 more to throw out there...had a burger about a year ago at Banc Cafe (3rd Ave @ 30th) and it was UNREAL. Not sure if it was a fluke or not or if consistently good. I will go back and check it out again soon. Also had sliders last night at Eamonn's Pub (45th b/t Mad & 5th) and they were fantastic...not sure what mix they use, but they have White Castle-esque onions on them.

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                                                                            Dr.Faustus Dec 12, 2008 06:39 AM

                                                                            Great Jones !

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                                                                              petitechoux Dec 21, 2008 07:10 AM

                                                                              yep. i LOVE the burgers at great jones.

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                                                                              susan robin Dec 12, 2008 09:06 AM

                                                                              Rare on Bleecker Street is outstanding.

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                                                                                princeofpork Dec 12, 2008 03:43 PM

                                                                                Wollensky grill has an excellent burger.

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                                                                                  MMRuth Dec 13, 2008 01:21 PM

                                                                                  My husband is a big fan of their burger, and keeps meaning to take me there for it.

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                                                                                secondbecky Dec 16, 2008 10:09 AM

                                                                                I just tried City Burger's black label burger. Good quality meat for sure (Alex behind the counter told me next time to try it without the works to really get the meat's flavor - but it's big enough to try bites without any toppings and get a feel). I liked it better wtih the toppings. I actually think I make a better burger myself at home. While not the best, it's definitely top tier in the city. Five Guys is still better

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                                                                                  secondbecky Dec 16, 2008 10:09 AM

                                                                                  oh and i've also heard that Peter Luger has an outrageous burger (only available during lunch though)

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                                                                                    Wu_Kong Dec 17, 2008 07:36 AM

                                                                                    The Black Jack burger at Patrick Conway's (43rd St. and Vanderbilt). The patty is blended with onions and Worcestershire sauce, and it comes with melted jack cheese and cajun mayo. I like it because it's just a little different than a regular burger.

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                                                                                      foodchow Dec 23, 2008 02:28 PM

                                                                                      Yes, I've had the Blackjack burger several times, and it is indeed delicious.

                                                                                    2. guttergourmet Dec 23, 2008 10:21 AM

                                                                                      Let's hear it for Prime Burger across from St. (burger) Patties!

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                                                                                        winedanddined Dec 23, 2008 12:28 PM

                                                                                        I hear the Michael Jordan's burger is supposed to be ridic....can anyone confirm or deny?

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                                                                                          td252 Dec 23, 2008 12:45 PM

                                                                                          Bistro 1018 (might be listed as Bistro Ten 18) at the corner of 110th and Amsterdam on UWS. Good service (a rarity on UWS), nice wine list, killer onion rings, upscale pub scene, reasonable prices. Particularly convenient if visiting the reopened St John the Divine Cathedral -- a block away from the 1 train at 110 and Broadway.

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                                                                                            scoopG Dec 23, 2008 04:36 PM

                                                                                            While I like Bistro 1018 I would not call their sirloin burger memorable. Decent perhaps but not under rated.

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                                                                                            irina Dec 24, 2008 01:26 PM

                                                                                            JG Mellons or Old Town Tavern for old school burger. For upscale - best i've had is at bouley bakery or whatever they are calling that now. Top notch ingredients and amazing taste.

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                                                                                              kobetobiko Dec 24, 2008 06:43 PM

                                                                                              I think you mean upstairs at Bouley. I like their burger as well.

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