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Not so impressed with Petey's Burger in Astoria

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Finally made it to Petey's. People have been comparing it to In-n-Out Burger, but I don't think the comparison stands up. Even if you assume the burgers are similar, In-n-Out is cheaper, often provides outdoor seating, and more exciting things can be done with the menu. I have idyllic memories of eating the 5x5 animal style, oustide in Pasadena in perfect 75 degree whether. That experience cannot be replicated in Queens, unfortunately. So take away those elements of In-n-Out, and you're left with a not-so-cheap burger that falls kind of flat, which is what you get at Petey's. The meat just doesn't taste like anything. I do appreciate the oozey combination of the perfectly melted cheese and sauce, but when you get right down to it, the meat itself is not special. I'd take Shake Shack or Five Guys any day over it. (Petey's fries are pretty ok though).
If I'm going to spend $10 for a burger and fries in Queens, and I have time to sit down and eat, there is no reason not to go to Donovan's Pub or De Mole (their buffalo burger is fantastic). Yes, yes, I know, different kind of burger at the latter two places- but for the same money, they're far superior.

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45-02 48th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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Roosevelt Ave 126th St, Queens, NY 11368

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  1. Eh, Petey's is fine, despite their inability to control the weather. I order in on occasion. Better than a lot of burgers that get fetishized in Manhattan. Maybe once they get drive-thru lines 20 cars deep and weird Christey propoganda on the wrappers we can compare them to In-N-Out. I do think that Blue 9 Burger in the village is a more overt In-N-Out immitater, if that's what you're looking for.

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    1. re: Mr Porkchop

      To which "fetishized" burgers in Manhattan is Petey's superior? I can't think of one...

    2. I live nearby and Petey's is my go-to place for burgers in Astoria. I think they're great -- and do remind me of the In n Out samples I've had in Cali. Maybe not quite as good. I have not tried Bareburger on 31st ave yet, though.

      1. Agreed on Petey's. Nothing special and don't understand the love.

        1. Agreed. I've never thought Petey's was anything better than OK - I don't mean they're bad or anything by a long shot but I don't understand anyone feeling enthusiastic about them. They are perfectly fine but they are kind of expensive for what they are.

          1. Petey's is nothing special...agreed. For selfish reasons I wish they would take some lessons from the great burgers in the city. One would think that if you are putting all this energy into opening a place that specialized in burgers you would try to make those burgers perfect. I really ask myself this question when I go into one of the million mediocore restaurants around.

            I guess if mediocrity will pay the bills then why do more.