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Jul 31, 2009 09:39 AM

Which burger- Spotted Pig or Black Label at Minetta?

I am trying to decide which to try this week. Both burgers have been on my must try list for awhile now. Should I go with the highly touted Spotted Pig burger with roquefort and shoestrings or the Black Label burger with pommes frites?

Also, which fries are better? I for one don't really care for thin fries which is unfortunate since it seems that is what both places are offering. I am actually considering ordering the duck fat roasted potatoes at Spotted Pig because of this. How are Minetta's fries? Don't hear many talk about them.

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  1. spotted pig has turned into a nightmare to be at. regardless of the wait and the crowd, the food is very inconsistent.

    the minetta black label burger is worth every bit of the $26. service is impeccable and its a nice night out.

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    1. re: sam1

      Cool thanks Sam.. how are their fries??????????

      1. re: steakrules85

        Hey Steakrules. I haven't been to Minetta yet, but I remember hearing the fries are excellent. I believe they're supposed to be very similar to the fries at Balthazar.

        1. re: brettnyc

          Same owner so that makes a ton of sense. I wonder if the cote de beouf is the same at both as well.

          1. re: steakrules85

            the fries at minetta...theyre good...theyre the mcdonalds type...yet are not as good as mcdonalds.

            i prefer them to the shoestring type at spotted pig though.

            ive been to spotted pig maybe 5-6 times and the last few were so intolerable that i am quite negative on it...and my friend works there.

            the burger the last time i had it was drenched in salt. i complained and the waitress' response was 'yeah, when the kitchen is busy, they tend to oversalt the burgers.'

            since steakrules is a hardcore beef man...i think youll particularly love the minetta burger. its an exceptional blend of beef...obviously no need for cheese or bacon.

            1. re: sam1

              Just out of curiosity....Do they allow for cheese or bacon if you request it?

              1. re: steakrules85

                im sure theyll comply but the whole point of the burger is the meat is so good and rich, you will sorta ruin it. im a bacon and cheese guy too but this burger just needed a slice of tomato and i was happy.

    2. You should try both, in due time.
      The Spotted Pig burger can be really good. Keep in mind, roquefort isn't exactly subtle. The scene is a whole other story, I haven't been in over a year, and it's local. Be prepared to wait. And wait.
      Minetta Tavern isn't exactly a zen temple of calm. But when it comes to the Black Label Burger, there is no comparison, It speaks for itself. Forget about the cheese and bacon thing, you'll understand after the first bite.
      If you can get a table at Minetta Tavern, go for it.

      1. found the minetta black label burger to be pretty out of this world... and for $26, it best be. if i had a personal chef cooking those two burgers in my apartment every day, i'd go black label 6 out of 7 days a week. i'd also need a forklift to lift me off the couch every morning.

        1. I haven't had the Spotted burger, but I had the black label at Minetta and found it underwhelming for the price. It's a good burger, but it's nowhere near worth the $26 tag to me.

          Little too much hype on Minetta right now. The BL burger was good but not great. The bone marrow app was weak and paltry. We had a couple other apps that were also mediocre.

          1. I'm a little late here, but I've had both burgers over the last month or two and the Black Label burger is hands down better. I found the Spotted Pig Burger to be way over salted - and I love salt. For me, I also don't like blue cheese on burgers. The meat on the black label burger is absolutely amazing - tastes like an aged steak and the onions are perfect. Just get it as advertised and you will not be disappointed.

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            1. re: john

              Had the Black Label and posted my review. Spotted Pig is next one.

                1. re: hotdoglover

                  just got back from spotted pig...during a complete down-pour/ lightning storm, that burger tastes even better. Totally enjoyed this burger for the umpteenth time and think it deserves all the accolades it gets. That being said, Black Label still takes this one to school (although, the extra $10 for the BLB stings). Is it possible peoples judgement of the Spotted Pig burger (vs the BLB) is clouded by a few too many Speckled Hens? I feel like every time i eat at the pig, i'm at least three beers deep before we get seated. Come on, we all know everything tastes that much better at that point, right? So much salt too..Regardless, i'll eat either of these burgers any day of the week. Bring it on.


                  1. re: iFat

                    Black Label at Minetta hands for the salt mines, the Spotted burger I had was a salt commercial, as were the fries at Minetta. Did love the oil/rosemary fries at Spotted Pig.

                    1. re: iFat

                      I was at Spotted Pig on Wednesday night with a French friend who is a burger nut. I had memories of the burger being very good but I'm not a huge burger fan myself. I love blue cheese but I felt the Roquefort overpowered any meat taste of the burger itself. My friend liked the burger but wasn't crazy about the large bun. He also didn't eat the fries since he thought they were way too salty.