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i am planning a culinary tour of nyc for my younger brother who is a chef?....where is the best burger in nyc?...he seems to have heard about the 25 dollar burger at minetta..but im trying to pursuade him in another direction...please help me hounds!...


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  1. JG Melon, 3rd Ave at 74th.

    Great burgers at reasonable prices, especially for uptown. Also a great bar! Remember, cash only.

    J.G. Melon
    1291 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

      1. believe it or not, the Shake Shack. Simple burger, but absolutely delicious.

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

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        1. re: carub

          I can't say I am a fan of Shake Shack, the portions are very small and for what you get quite expensive. The burgers are kinda fatty and non filling. Plus those lines at the 23rd st location are insane and not worth it.

          I've found diner burgers to be the best in the city.

          1. so many different ways to go here. assuming the price point is $10, go to Peter Lugar's for lunch. the burger is outstanding, but you need to get there before 2 pm. Start with some of their bacon, get some sides, and finish with an ice cream sundae. its very fun.

            1. I hate to say "best" but Rare has one heck of a great burger.

              Rare Bar & Grill
              152 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

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              1. re: Motosport

                I agree Rare makes a great burger and doesn't nearly get the kudos it deserves on this board.

                1. re: steakrules85

                  A third for Rare.
                  My fave in the city is Peter Luger's


              2. Is there a price limit? I'd also recommend the Kobe burger at Uncle Jack's.

                1. no-no-no----your brother has good information....the Black Label Burger at Minetta is the burger gold standard.

                  1. Best burger in nyc hands down...Shake Shack. Best NY style burger in my opionion is Black Iron down in the lower east side. Shake shack tastes like a beach bbq burger and Black Iron is seasoned. Both have amazing flavor.

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                    1. re: smldudenyc

                      Whats exactly is a "NY style burger?"

                    2. I'm not too fond of fancy burgers. A solid burger in a place with character holds great appeal.
                      Here are some examples:

                      • Corner Bistro, mid-afternoon. Sit at the corner window with the dinky counter top and modest picture window (the steam pipes run under the the counter and keep you warm, the picture window keeps you entertained). The burger is good, the beers are cold.

                      • Molly's Pub, late afternoon. Sawdust on the floor, Guinness on tap, very good burger. Sub the onion rings for the fries. Maybe order the onion soup if it's a really cold day. Sit by the fire if that appeals to you. Bring an appetite.

                      • PJ Clarke's, the original on 3rd Avenue, late afternoon but before the offices let out. Hang out at the bar, make friends with the barkeep. Share the onion loaf with your burgers. The men's room cabin in the bar area has the most interesting urinals in the city.

                      • Blue Smoke, at the bar. Before there was Shake Shack, Danny Meyers had Blue Smoke. The Blue Smoke burger is a thing of beauty and could very well be the prototype (albeit larger) for SS.

                      • Spotted Pig, after 2 p.m.. Some love the burger here, others don't. I like it a lot. 2-2:30 seems to be the sweet-spot when the crowds have left, staff regroups and the vibe seems to throttle-back just a bit. I sit at the bar. Beers are good, the herbed string fries are addictive.

                      287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

                      Corner Bistro
                      331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                      Spotted Pig
                      314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

                      Blue Smoke
                      116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

                      P.J. Clarke's
                      915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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                      1. re: steve h.

                        I second Molly's... pretty out of control burger there. I'd also recommend Diner, Peter Luger, and Commodore (all in Williamsburg).

                      2. a buddy of mine and I went to a different burger place every week this past summer and I have gone to a few new ones since. the "best" was clearly the black label burger at Minetta Tavern, though my favorite remains a shackburger from the Shake Shack. Burgers are a personal thing, though, so your results may vary.

                        Minetta Tavern
                        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                        1. Bill's Bar and Burger is damn good! http://www.billsbarandburger.com/?gcl...

                          And of course there's JG Melon.

                          Bill's Bar & Burger
                          22 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

                          Bill's Bar & Burger
                          45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

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                          1. re: veralouise

                            Brindle Room, Shake Shack, JG Melon, RUB (Mondays only) & Minetta Tavern.

                            RUB BBQ
                            208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

                            Minetta Tavern
                            113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                            Brindle Room
                            277 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009

                          2. There are different styles of burgers, for example Shake Shack is more of a fast food style, whereas, Spotted Pig is I guess like a gourmet style - not sure if there's a better term for it. I'm a huge burger fan and can never seem to find a decent one where I am in NJ but I will travel out of my way to have Spotted Pig's burger which unlike many place where all the emphasis is placed on the burger and they just give you regular fries as a side - the fries at Spotted Pig are equally as amazing as the burger. Everyone has their own ideal of what a burger should be - whether it must be grilled or fried, what bun is best etc. so it's hard to say for sure who's got the best burger. But I will say that I had the unfortunate opportunity to have the burger at Old Homestead and recommend that you don't try that one! The lamb burger at the Breslin (Spotted Pig sister restaurant) is also very good.


                            Spotted Pig
                            314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

                            Old Homestead
                            56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                            The Breslin
                            20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

                            1. I second Eatingbeets's recommendation of the Commodore! I dream about this burger...in fact it's the burger that turned me back on to burgers, after repeatedly being disappointed when I ordered them other places. The rest of their food is fantastic too, at amazing prices.

                              Dumont Burger in Williamsburg is good, too, if you're already there, though probably not worth the trip on its own.

                              Shake Shack is also very good and the line is part of the experience. I like the original location. There are certainly worse things to do (as long as its nice out) then hang around in Madison Square Park people watching for awhile.

                              Unlike most, I did not enjoy the burger at the Spotted Pig - it may have just been bad luck, but my burger was almost inedibly salty. In that neighborhood, much prefer Corner Bistro.

                              Corner Bistro
                              331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                              Spotted Pig
                              314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014