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Best Sliders in Manhattan

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  • MHKM Nov 4, 2010 09:50 AM
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I have seen posts for best burger in Manhattan but nothing for sliders and even though you could hold a good debate as to them being the same I believe they are distinctive from each other.

So to start this off, I don't know if they are the best in Manhattan but they are probably the best I have ever had and they are served at Bar Pleiades in The Surrey hotel on 76th between 5th and Madison. This is most likely in no small part due to their true origin, Cafe Boulud, located across the way in the same hotel.

Give 'em a try and report back and/or add to the list!

Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

Bar Pleiades
20 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

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  1. My favorite is at Mark Burger. A lot of people also like shopsin's but I didn't think they were anything special.

    Mark Burger
    33 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: daffyduck

      I'm a fan of Mark burger too, and it's pretty affordable. Beers are surprisingly affordable for the area too!

      1. re: Jess321

        im with you on both points...mark is excellent...the burgers are salty, cheese-y and solid. i prefer the bacon sliders to the originals though.

        i actually had the sliders at shopsins today for the first time surprisingly and i agree...nothing special. they look perfect but were pretty underseasoned. they tasted like nothing.

    2. Spitzer Corner in the LES.

      1. So sue me, but I love White Castle. 1st Ave. & 103rd.

        White Castle
        525 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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        1. re: gutsofsteel

          White Castle is a chain. Go for the frozen food in a box including the 3 ring chicken.


          1. re: Littleman

            White Castle is a chain? Wow, I thought it was an upper east side thing. Next thing I'll find out is there's more than one Domino's Pizza.

            Actually the sliders from the actual store are better than the frozen ones in a box (which I also like).

            White Castle
            351 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              It is an UES thing. It's just TV dinners.

        2. What's a slider?

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          1. re: Phil Ogelos

            A teeny, tiny little burger - think flattened meatball - maybe 1 oz to 1.5 oz of meat. Served like a burger. Usually 3 to an order. I think they were created originally to be bar food when the rules came in about liability for drunkenness, and bars felt the need to serve real food to sop up the alcohol. Hence the earliest "Bar Menu".

            1. re: Jane A.

              Ah, OK: I've seen them at wedding receptions, but I didn't know they had a name.
              Thanks -actually, I would eat one now (or even three) if it were placed before me!

            2. re: Phil Ogelos

              Phil go to White Castle for the benchmark original fast food version. Then go waste money on the "fancy" versions. :-)

              White Castle
              351 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                I love a great burger however, still love the flavor and smell of a White Castle. They are the original slider and true innovator when it comes to burger production. I try to hit up WC 2-3 times a year as a treat.

                White Castle
                351 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

                1. re: princeofpork

                  More than that may be life threatening but do agree, there is something about them.

                  1. re: princeofpork

                    The White Castles served today are NOT the original sliders.
                    The original sliders were made by White Castle but they stopped years ago.
                    The originals were made of fresh beef and fresh onions. White Castle discontinued
                    them when they switched to frozen patties and dehydrated onions.

                    Strangely there's no mention of them in the "official" White Castle history.

                    I stopped eating at the Castles after they made the switch. You guys don't know what you're missing. UGH!

                    White Castle
                    351 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

                    1. re: Larry Racies

                      When did this happen. Have I always been eating the non-originals?

                    2. re: princeofpork

                      Yep. 2 or 3 White Castle runs a year isn't going to kill anybody. Besides, a life without belly bombs isn't worth living.

                      White Castle
                      351 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

                2. Say what you will about the off color comments and insane rules/menu, but I think the sliders at Shopsin's are some of the best I've ever eaten.