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Jun 1, 2009 07:56 AM

Best Burger above 55th St?

I am looking for your opinions of the best burger on the East Side above 55th St. and below 75th St. Thanks!

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  1. JG Melon!
    291 3rd Ave, at 74th St (212) 744-0585

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    1. re: notsochubbychubette

      I assumed Melon's, Clarke's and Jackson Hole would be suggested but was wondering if there might be others I'm missing.

      1. re: UWSBB

        I've not been to Clarke's, but I think Melon's is far better than Jackson Hole, unless you like a burger that tastes more steamed and is almost like loose meat. My favorite these days though is up at 93rd Street.

        1. re: MMRuth

          93rd and ? What is the name of this place? I am always willing to trek around the city in pursuit of the perfect burger.

          1. re: UWSBB

            Ottomanelli - 93rd & Lexington. I think it is quite a bit better than the one at Melon's, the waffle fries are much better, and the burger is $5.95.

            1. re: MMRuth

              Thanks, I will have to try it sometimes soon

              1. re: UWSBB

                Ottomanelli's is my choice. Always good food, excellent and friendly service (no attitudes) and not only si the burger less expensive than most palces, but so are the drinks.

                1. re: Stuartmc910

                  It's part of my "double" vice - shelling out $$$ at Kitchen Arts and Letters, then crossing the street for a burger and fries for lunch, while perusing my new books!

                  Have you tried other dishes there? So far I've just stuck with the hamburger. They also seem to have an interesting daily "wine by the glass".

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    My wife has and she enjoys them all. I stick to the burger.

                    1. re: Stuartmc910

                      BTW - do you live in the neighborhood? I keep thinking we should do a Chowdown w/ hounds from Carnegie Hill/the upper reaches of the UES.

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        I think that's a great idea for a Chowhound!

    2. if you don't mind walking a block or two west of your guidelines, burger joint is pretty good.

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      1. re: kim e

        That reminds me - I quite enjoyed the burger I had at the Lexington Ave. Candy Shop (not sure I've gotten the name quite right). Expensive though.

        1. re: kim e

          yep - agree on Burger Joint and Shake Shack on UWS.

          Whym also has a great burger

          Burger Joint
          118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

          889 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          Shake Shack
          366 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

        2. the ORIGINAL big nicks, ask for it medium and extra greasy

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          1. re: FrankieLymon

            According to Genesis Bar on 2nd and 88th is supposed to have an excellent burger!

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