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Good burger in Chelsea/Flatiron

Want to take my boyfriend out for a birthday burger (his favorite) tomorrow night. We'll be in the Chelsea/Flatiron Area. I know there's Goodburger and NY Burger Co. (both of which are good), but would prefer someplace a little more "sit-down" and with non-burger options. Thanks.

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  1. I had a really good burger at Maxie's Grill (next dorr to Angelo and Maxies) Blue Smoke or Old Town or BRGR.

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    1. re: notsochubbychubette

      Second the recommendation of the burger at Blue Smoke. It's superb.

      1. re: Hurner

        Third Blue Smoke.
        I also like the burger at Markt...Comes w/ great frites, too.


        1. re: LeahBaila

          I, too, am a fan of the burger at Markt.

      2. irving mill has a good burger. i used to like maxie's but i went a few weeks back, awful. blue smoke probably makes a good one. last time i was at old town there were critters on the table.

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        1. re: mch

          IIRC Irving Mill's has pork fatback ground into it and they can't serve it any temperature less than "done." Which might disappoint the birthday day. It's definitely not a traditional burger.

        2. Molly's

          And there is this other place that pops up from time to time The Shake Shack I think it is called?

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          1. re: msny98

            I don't think Shake Shack is going to cut it seeing that the OP wants a sit-down place with non burger options

            1. re: kelea

              Actually, you can get one non-burger option at Shake Shack, a hot dog, and there are plenty of seats for al fresco dining. However, I do think you are right that the o.p. probably has another type of dining spot in mind.

              1. re: RGR

                Thanks all! I'd never heard of BRGR. The menu sounds delicious. I think Blue Smoke is a little farther east than we'd like to go (not because we're lazy but because we have another destination after dinner). Critters on the table... that does not sound appetizing.

                P.S. I liked the burger at Irving Mill but it wasn't life-changing as some have described it to be on eater, nymag and elsewhere.

            2. re: msny98

              If I took my girlfriend to Shake Shack for her birthday she'd never let me forget it. Nothing says "I love you" like standing on line for 45 minutes.

            3. What does everyone think of BLT BURGER -- just slightly south of Chelsea. ? BRGR is ok, but not "birthday" worthy.

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                1. re: tracyw19

                  i'm a huge fan of BLT Burger. It's my 3rd favorite in the city after Shake Shack and Lugers.

                2. i liked the lamb burger at blt but don't think the regular burger is anything special.

                  1. resto. on the pricey side for a burger but since its a special occasion. belgian brasserie options outside of the burger. great beers on tap as well.

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                    1. re: thievery

                      Molly's was my favorite burger in the city until I had the burger at Resto which is just mind-blowing. Irving Mill is great too.

                      1. re: foodie4life

                        Is this Molly's on 3rd Ave. or another place?

                    2. birthday burger?? minetta tavern's black label burger is what you need... the rest of the food is overrated but the burger is superb. yes, its way too expensive. yes, its impossible to get a reservation but if you roll in with authority you can get either a spot at the bar or a regular table for two,

                      So, Molly's has one of the better burgers in the city huh? never had it... going to go now though thanks to all of you droppin the knowledge. thank you for that.


                      np: passion pit 'little secrets'

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                      1. re: iFat

                        We ended up at BLT Burger, which was great!! I think we all had the "BLT" burger.. juicy burger and a buttery bun. My only complaints are that we waited an hour when they told us 20 mins. but they graciously offered complimentary appetizers (the fried pickles were awesome). The sides were fine, but we had way too much food, so we untouched the onion rings and sweet potatoes fries. The price point was just right (about $20 pp) -- I'll definitely go back.

                        1. re: Hungry Karen

                          I think they've got some of the best onion rings in the city (behind Luger's). Glad to hear they've got fried pickles!