Shake Shack, Stand, BRGR, Burger Joint
I've had a few opportunities in the past month to sample the four above-mentioned burgers. I also wanted to sample Corner Bistro, but on the Wednesday night I went I couldn't get anywhere near the bar or a table, so no luck. Here are my thoughts:
Shake Shack - IMHO still the best, both in Madison Square Park or at Citi Field, where the one drawback was that the burger wasn't hot when I got back to my seat, but that's my own fault. Their burgers are consistently delicious, so they win the battle hands down.
Stand - I went there after I couldn't get into Corner Bistro, and I thought they served up a fine burger on a nicely grilled bun. I really like their selection of beers, and the fac that they serve a side salad, which make for a pleasant meal. I was disappointed that their shoestring fries are more like potato sticks, but next time I'll just order the regular fries.
BRGR - Okay, passable, but nothing special.
Burger Joint - The burger was very good, although probably behind Shake Shack and Stand if I were to rank them, but this was by far the coolest location. When I walked through the hotel lobby and, following Chowhound directions, made my way into the Burger Joint, ordered, and sat at the high table near the cash register, I thought that this is one of those not-so-hidden gems that make me feel immensely priveleged to live and eat in New York. This was the place I want to take people to, just to share the experience.
I also recently went to 67 Burger in Fort Greene, but that's for another board.
i take it you didnt go to burger joint on a weekday during lunch hours...the place is far from a secret at that time : )
i hope you had a shake while you were at stand...they are excellent.
i have no interest in corner bistro's burger unless its 2am on a tuesday night...otherwise, they pre-cook the burgers and they are dried out.
not a massive secret but the burger across the street at tavern on jane beats corner bistro every single time...more money though.
and if you want to treat yourself to a rolls royce version, the $26 black label burger at minetta tavern is worth every penny in my opinion.
OK. I take cheeseburger, ketchup and raw onions.
I think it makes a huge difference in the burger you want. I don't want a burger that tastes so much like steak that I don't want to put ketchup on it. But I also highly prize the sizzled and charred qualities of the grilled meat, so while i love lettuce and tomato, that starts to be way too much "water" in the thing.
I guess it's my personal peccadillo that I wish people would review here with enough detail that I can understand what they mean. It's not so much a difference of opinion which is better, BJ or SS, but a matter of "they taste different, what do you like".