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Goodburger, Five Guys and Shake Shack

fishfeast Apr 7, 2010 02:32 PM

I dunno if anybody has asked this but which burger joint is better Five Guys, Goodburger or Shake Shack. I've had the Shake Shack burger it was pretty good. A friend mine lives for Five Guys and I just heard about Goodburger. Just wondering

Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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    RCC RE: fishfeast Apr 7, 2010 02:50 PM

    1. SS
    2. FG
    6. GB

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      whitneybee RE: fishfeast Apr 7, 2010 06:03 PM

      I've never been to Five Guys, but I'm a big fan of Shake Shack, and I've enjoyed my meals at Goodburger as well. Goodburger definitely has a much thicker patty, so I think it depends what you're going for.

      Shake Shack
      Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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        Peter Cherches RE: whitneybee Apr 8, 2010 06:57 AM

        Once at Five Guys was quite enough for me. I don't understand the allure.


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          ESNY RE: Peter Cherches Apr 8, 2010 03:32 PM

          Same here. Just don't get the Five Guys thing. Shake Shack is much better than goodburger.

          Shake Shack
          Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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            dietndesire RE: ESNY Apr 8, 2010 04:07 PM

            3rd that sentiment.
            I guess the masses think it is top shelf after eating so much McD's and friends.
            Not sure.

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              uwsister RE: dietndesire Apr 9, 2010 12:27 PM

              I actually don't mind Five Guys and think it's great that they have malt vinegar to go with fries (kind of rare, especially for a "fast food" joint) but Shake Shack wins, easily.

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        fishfeast RE: fishfeast Apr 8, 2010 07:30 AM

        Thanx for the help I'll try GB soon

        1. MVNYC RE: fishfeast Apr 8, 2010 02:41 PM

          Molly's on 3rd ave just below 23rd has a better burger than all three. They make a nice thick and juicy burger.

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            heWho RE: fishfeast Apr 8, 2010 03:00 PM

            I like Burger Joint's more than any of the three listed here, but otherwise my vote would be for Shake Shack

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

            Shake Shack
            Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

            1. coasts RE: fishfeast Apr 8, 2010 09:02 PM

              i had Five Guys twice...the second time was just to confirm the fact that i hated it the first time around. Goodburger is near my office, yet i've only been once. didn't like it.

              fortunately, i live near the UWS Shake Shack so my burger woes are a thing of the past.

              Shake Shack
              Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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                Humbucker RE: coasts Apr 9, 2010 05:41 PM

                Funny, I just did the same thing with Shake Shack. The first time I had it (double shack burger) I was disappointed. Where was this crusty exterior that A Hamburger Today touts? I figured it must have been a fluke and tried it again last weekend (shake stack). Again, no crust and the patty was overcooked for my taste. I enjoy their custard, but the burger wasn't worth the calories.

                I really, really wanted to like the Shack, but I've been let down twice in a row. Do I just have terrible luck?

                Shake Shack
                Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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                  ESNY RE: Humbucker Apr 10, 2010 08:44 AM

                  I'd be inclined to say bad luck but twice in a row??? I've always had good, salty crusty burgers. Even though they are thin, there has always been at least some pink in the burgers when i've gotten it.

                  But if on my first two visits, I got bad burgers, i'm not sure i'd give it a third try, so I wouldn't blame you if you didn't try again.

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                    Miss Needle RE: Humbucker Apr 10, 2010 08:32 PM

                    It's not just you. I've also had no crust on my burgers several times (I would say more than 50% of the time). And while I generally eat my burgers plain with some ketchup, tomato and onion, Shake Shack burgers are the only ones where I feel like I need to get the sauce and Shack sauce to add some salt to it. Otherwise, they can be a bit bland. This is one of the reasons why I prefer the double stack (burger with the mushroom/cheese) over a regular hamburger or Shack burger.

                    Shake Shack
                    Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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                  roxxan23 RE: fishfeast Apr 9, 2010 04:54 PM

                  shake shack is MILES ahead of goodburger and five guys. beyond comparison. shake shack is probably the best burger i've ever had. five guys is really not good and good burger is horrible.

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                    princeofpork RE: roxxan23 Apr 11, 2010 07:12 AM

                    Rox, if SS is the best burger you ever had you need to get out more. Good yes, but the best ever? Have you ever had the burger at Luger, Mollys, S&W, Minetta.....would love to hear your comparison points.

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                      dietndesire RE: princeofpork Apr 11, 2010 10:16 AM

                      Spot on.

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                        Bko RE: princeofpork Apr 11, 2010 01:01 PM

                        I've been to Minetta and had their black label burger, and in my opinion it is the best burger I have currently had in Manhattan. It is a bit different, since I believe that they use dry aged meat. Although it is $26 for that burger (a modest size) and pommes frites, I feel that it is worth a try for anyone at least once. I need to try some of the other places that you mentioned (have always been interested in Luger's burger).

                    2. Bko RE: fishfeast Apr 10, 2010 09:05 PM

                      Shake Shack is significantly better than Goodburger in my opinion. I think the burger at Shake Shack definitely a more unique burger in terms of taste and quality, and although Goodburger does a decent job, I think that Shake Shack quite a bit better. I haven't been to Five Guys, so I can't make any judgement about that.

                      1. NAtiveNewYorker RE: fishfeast Apr 12, 2010 05:37 PM

                        1. Goodburger (a mini steak house burger) beats SS (an excellent fast-food burger); I've had them side by side
                        2. SS is great; cheese fries adds to the experience
                        3. Five Guys has a weak bun

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                          EvanC RE: fishfeast Apr 13, 2010 03:30 PM

                          1) Shake Shack
                          2) Good Burger. Good Burger's one advantage is that there's more of them and the lines are shorter. Admittedly, that's not what you asked, but when pressed for time, it's a consideration.

                          Five Guys is overrated and not worth the time. I live in Manhattan, and work in Union, NJ, a burger wasteland. There's a Five Guys near my office, and I'd rather eat Wendy's.

                          To the poster who talked about Minetta Tavern - yes, it's better than Shake Shack, but it's $26. That's not really a fair comparison.

                          Shake Shack
                          Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

                          Minetta Tavern
                          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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                            menuvore RE: EvanC Apr 13, 2010 03:39 PM

                            What are the main differences between the 3 places? Taste, texture, cost?

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                              geo91181 RE: menuvore Apr 13, 2010 04:33 PM

                              stayed in manhattan this weekend and had GB on 45th near times square. ordered 2 burgers and 1 fry came to 16.??...bun was burnt and dry, burger was burnt with a solid layer of carbonish crap...fries were nothing special..not big by any means either smaller around than a cd. they ought to change their name

                            2. re: EvanC
                              hotdoglover RE: EvanC Apr 15, 2010 02:52 AM


                              I live in Union and happen to love Five Guys, though I wish Syd's was still at that location. Arguably the best hot dogs in the state. I know opinions are mixed regarding Five Guys, but you can get a very good burger in Union. Try the burger at Joe's Tavern on Morris Ave. right near Stuyvesant Ave.

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                                EvanC RE: hotdoglover Apr 27, 2010 07:52 PM

                                Thanks hotdoglover. I've driven past Joe's a bunch of times and always wondered. Syd's unfortunately closed before I got there, but I've heard tales of it. Ever try the Italian hot dog place on Morris (Junior's?) in Elizabeth? Is it any good?

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                                  hotdoglover RE: EvanC Apr 28, 2010 03:19 AM

                                  I've been to Junior's though it's been at least 2 years. Junior's (also called Bruno's) is a pizzeria that serves regular hot dogs and Italian Hot Dogs. The Italian Hot Dog is good, though it's not an authentic Newark style dog meaning that they don't use pizza bread or thin sliced potatoes. They put 2 hot dogs (Best brand) on a sub roll and top with peppers, french fries (that are better than average), and onions. I don't get the onions. Overall a decent sandwich that I don't have to travel far for.

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                                    michele cindy RE: EvanC Apr 28, 2010 03:35 AM

                                    For Italian hot dogs I've always been partial to Charlie's in Kenilworth. I haven't been there in years but I bet they haven't changed much. They've always been the best around. 18 North Michigan Avenue Kenilworth, NJ

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                                      hotdoglover RE: michele cindy Apr 28, 2010 10:39 AM

                                      Actually Charlies changed for the worse about 4 years ago. The owner stopped caring about the business and it showed. Quality suffered and the left over bread, instead of being discarded like it always was (my daughter worked there) was now being frozen. Potatoes were often under or over cooked. The sandwiches were inconsistent. The guy finally sold Charlies and the new owner has it back to where it used to be.

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                                fishfeast RE: fishfeast Apr 15, 2010 02:17 PM

                                From the looks of it I should just stick to SS. Long lines and all. Thanx a bunch guys

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                                  princeofpork RE: fishfeast Apr 16, 2010 06:17 AM

                                  There is no line at 11:45AM

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                                    richg35 RE: princeofpork Apr 28, 2010 09:19 AM

                                    This used to be true but hasn't been for the last year or so. People come out earlier and earlier all the time when it's warm.

                                    The best times to go are when it's cold or raining. SS is only 3 blocks from my office, so it's close enough that I'll go once and a while in the winter because I can bring it back to the office and eat it.

                                    I like SS better than Goodburger. I actually think goodburger can be pretty good, but I prefer griddled burgers to grilled. I think Goodburger's fries are definitely better than Shake Shack's by a wide margin, if anyone cares about that.

                                    Shake Shack
                                    Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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                                  JulesCadbury RE: fishfeast Apr 28, 2010 09:01 AM

                                  none of these 'chain' style restaurants have great burgers however out of the choices given 'five guys' is the lesser of all evils.

                                  1. ttoommyy RE: fishfeast Apr 28, 2010 09:44 AM

                                    I've never been to Shake Shack or Good Burger, so I cannot comment on those. I did recently try Five Guys just to see what the hoopla was all about. While I did not hate it, I didn't really care for it either. I did feel bloated after eating it and chastised myself the rest of the day for wasting all those calories on such a so-so burger. One was enough for me. I'll stick with home made.

                                    Shake Shack
                                    Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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                                      soto55 RE: fishfeast Apr 28, 2010 06:18 PM

                                      Of the three mentioned I would have to say SS is the best of the three.

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                                        Stuartmc910 RE: AshleyR Dec 13, 2010 11:01 AM

                                        I had my only SS burger in Saratoga. Good, not great (would NOT stand on line 45 seconds for it, let alone 45 minutes). No line in Saratoga. Fries werawful, but the shake, the shake made the meal. Went back only for their shakes. Had a FG burger in Brick, NJ. Not good, but the fries were. Never had a GB burger.

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                                          natsellspots RE: fishfeast Dec 14, 2010 07:22 PM

                                          Shake Shack wins, but Five Guys is really good. Best part is that you can get it dressed exactly the way you want. They ask you what condiments, onions, grilled onions, etc. you want when you order. Goodburger is a distant third.

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                                            princeofpork RE: natsellspots Dec 15, 2010 05:00 AM

                                            I dress it with Jalepenos, mushrooms and steaksauce. I actually like the single better than the double.

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                                            AubWah RE: fishfeast Dec 15, 2010 05:08 AM

                                            no thanks, no thanks, no thanks

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                                              ceclue RE: fishfeast Dec 15, 2010 07:00 AM

                                              Here's the thing with all of the burger joints in question, they are all decent but they are all fast food granted very good fast food. Personally none of these burgers are life altering but I prefer shake shack's "shack burger with extra shack sauce on the side."
                                              However if you are looking for a burger that you will have dreams about for years to come, I would go else where.

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