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Dec 23, 2009 08:47 AM

Best burger AND fries in Manhattan and hipster parts of Brooklyn?

Hey all,

A search of the boards didn't turn up a satisfactory answer to this question: where is the best place in Manhattan to get a good burger and good french fries?

In all the burger reviews on this site, little is said about the fries. I'm looking for a meal that is the best combination of both. My tastes tend toward a more traditional burger (few toppings, 1/3-1/2 lb patty, bun that doesn't dissolve), and thicker, more potato-y fries, but good is good regardless of style.


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  1. i know everyone talks about shake shack, but it's really the best, imo. the fries there are really good. crinkle cut. thick and potato-y.

    1. I really like Bonnie's Grill on 5th avenue and 1st street in Brooklyn. The burgers are really good and the fries rock...

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      1. re: StheJ

        And you didn't even mention the wings at Bonnies. I was just there last night. LOVE them. And my burger was amazing with cheese and their chipotle mayo. YUM. Just don't get the wings in the "hottest" variety, as you will burn your mouth and not enjoy the rest of the meal.

        1. re: chowkitty

          StheJ and chowkitty, I tried Bonnie's last night after reading these and other reviews. Didn't care for the kobe burger, thought it was utterly forgettable. The black angus was much better. The fries are thin-cut, which personally, I dislike, regardless of the seasoning. But you mention the wings, which is outside the scope of the op's request, but yeah, they're good. Very good. Very authentic. I went to school in Buffalo and had my fair share. I got the mild, but they were flavorful. I'd go back, if for nothing else, for the wings.

          1. re: nooyawka

            A Kobe burger is an insult to Kobe beef. The whole point of Kobe / Wagyu is the texture - flavor-wise, there's very little difference from prime. Grinding it up defeats the purpose of eating Kobe entirely. Sadly, the whole Kobe burger trend show no signs of dying.

            To quote Bourdain on the subject:

            "The Kobe experience is principally about the marbling, the even distribution of fat through lean. A hamburger is a bunch of lean beef thrown into a grinder with varying degrees of fat. If you are foolish enough to order a Kobe burger, you are entirely missing the point. Firstly, the fat will melt right out of the thing while cooking. Secondly, you are asking the chef to destroy the very textural notes for which Kobe is valued by smarter people. Thirdly, for an eight-ounce Kobe burger, you are paying for the chef to feed you all the outer fat and scrap bits he trimmed off the outside of his “real” Kobe so he can afford to serve properly trimmed steaks to wiser patrons who know what the hell they’re doing."

            1. re: sgordon

              I might steal this for another thread! Thanks in advance!

        1. dumont burger in hipsterville; fries good too.

          1. Thalia on the S.E. corner of 8th Ave and 50th is my current favorite.. cooked excellently to order and comes standard with Gruyere and bacon on a lovely brioche with lettuce, tomato and onion and a ton of perfectly seasoned fries. Not cheap at around $14 before tax/tip, but phenomenal. Pretty sure If you go there for lunch on weekdays, you get a free drink as well.. the typical mimosa/bloody mary I think.

            Best bargain burger for me would be Island Burger on the East side of 9th Ave near 51st, but alas, no fries there.

            I'm also a big fan of Dumont's and Diner's burgers and fries, with Diner edging Dumont out a bit with their grass fed monster. If you haven't been to Diner, it's DEFINITELY worth the trip.