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Jan 31, 2010 09:44 AM

Restaurant Burger Recs

Hi everyone, looking for solid recs for burgers in a restaurant setting.

Enjoy thicker style patties and just straight up regular burgers - no fancy versions with things like foie gras added etc.

On the list to try is Stand - we'll certainly hit them up. But where else is chow worthy? A friend enjoyed Landmarc's burger but I'm open to all suggestions $15 or under. Any place.

Thanks :)

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  1. Wolfgang's Steakhouse - at the bar. My favorite burger in town. Not sure if they serve them at dinner or only lunch.

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      Howdy gutsofsteel,

      What makes it special? My colleagues and I are always in the market for a great burger. Sitting at a bar for lunch only makes it that much better.

      1. re: steve h.

        I really like the space, the room, the bar. I like the vibe at lunchtime there. The burger itself is juicy and really beefy tasting and the meat is excellent quality. Also it gets a good char on it and when I asked for medium's perfect for me. What can I say, I love the burger and I love sitting at that bar. It's a great burger in a bullshit-free, comfortable steakhouse bar environment, and I love that.

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Sounds good. I'll pop it onto the stack. I'm assuming this is the Park Avenue shop. How are the fries?

          1. re: steve h.

            Cottage style fries, and I ask for them well done. Nice.

    2. I think for a really great thick-style but straightforward burger, you'll need to up your price limit. There are lots of good burgers in sit down restaurants but the price tends to be $15+ especially if they're using good beef. I like Primehouse, Blue Smoke, Ma Peche, Lure, Spotted Pig. Heard good things about the RUB burger, too. Minetta Tavern, too, if you can actually get in and are willing to pay, heh.

      (If you're willing to go to Brooklyn, you can add even more to your list like Peter Luger (lunch only), Diner, etc.)

      1. pub setting - finnigan's wake on 1st ave @ 73rd street. basic burger, done right, in an old irish pub.

        1. I just enjoyed a great burger at The Smith on 3rd Ave between 10th and was $14, but if I had dined after 5pm, they have a Sunday dinner deal where you pay $15 for the same burger with a beer included. The burger had a white cheddar and great, smoky bacon. It also came with an In-n-Out style sauce, which I requested on the side. The waiter described it as a ketchup-mayo, but it was definitely more thousand island-y. The sauce made for a great dipping sauce for the fries that came alongside the burger (included in the price). The bun was brioche I'm pretty sure, and it was really buttery and flavorful. The burger itself was a big piece of meat, cooked to the right temperature, and pretty juicy. They also bring free bread before the meal that's actually really tasty! I'm not one to pay this much for a burger regularly, but for a splurge it's pretty solid. I also liked the ambiance of the room, I didn't feel like we were sitting right on top of other customers, which tends to be the case in most Manhattan restaurants.

          The Smith
          55 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: Jess321

            That sounds great - I've heard good things about the Smith in general. Is it casual because we much prefer casual dining to anything fussy and formal. We're jeans and t shirt people!

            1. re: kansel

              It is definitely more of a casual restaurant. The waiters are even dressed casually. I wouldn't be surprised if people did dress up to dine there, but it is certainly not expected/necessary.

          2. IMO the burger at Stand is not *that* great, I like their shakes (toasted marshmallow shake, of course) and sweet potato fries more so than their burgers. I'm actually not a big fan of restaurant-style burgers (as opposed to fast-food style burgers) but I had a GREAT one at P.J. Clarke's a couple years back.