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Your favorite underrated burger?

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?

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  1. 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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    1. re: MMRuth

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

    2. Westville / Westville East.

      1. 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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        1. re: ASchinder

          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.

          1. re: ASchinder

            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.

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

            1. Community Food and Juice up by Columbia

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

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                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  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

                  1. re: Guinness02122

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

                    1. re: Guinness02122

                      A 78% patty would kill anyone upon contact.

                  2. 5 Ninth, mainly for the bacon and cheese.

                    1. 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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                      1. re: HowfreshEats

                        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

                        1. re: HowfreshEats

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

                          1. re: HowfreshEats

                            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.

                            1. re: HowfreshEats

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

                              1. re: bosun

                                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.

                            2. 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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                                1. re: D...DF

                                  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.

                                  1. re: UWSEater

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

                                1. Rare bar and grill and Uncle Jack's.

                                  1. Petite Abeille burger... definitely underrated and definitely delicious

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

                                        1. Finnegan's Wake

                                          1st and 73rd

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

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

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                                              1. re: kpsquared

                                                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. gracies corner 86th and 1st

                                                1. My recent tried good burger: Irving Mill

                                                  1. 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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                                                    1. re: bosun

                                                      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.

                                                      1. re: bosun

                                                        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.

                                                      2. 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

                                                        1. 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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                                                          1. re: nmuva98

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

                                                            1. re: nmuva98

                                                              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.

                                                              1. re: nmuva98

                                                                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. the kobe burger at buzina pop

                                                                1. 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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                                                                  1. re: secondbecky

                                                                    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.

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

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

                                                                        1. 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.

                                                                            1. re: Dr.Faustus

                                                                              yep. i LOVE the burgers at great jones.

                                                                            2. Rare on Bleecker Street is outstanding.

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                                                                              1. re: susan robin

                                                                                Wollensky grill has an excellent burger.

                                                                                1. re: princeofpork

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

                                                                              2. 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

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

                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                    1. re: Wu_Kong

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

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

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

                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                          1. re: td252

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

                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                            1. re: irina

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