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burger by irving plaza?

missgmf Dec 29, 2010 12:34 PM

looking for a great burger place by irving plaza?

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    AdamD RE: missgmf Dec 29, 2010 01:21 PM

    shake shack madison square park
    shack stack messy, caloric and downright delicious!
    Madison Ave and East 23rd Street, Southeast Corner of Madison Square Park, New York, NY 10010

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      gutsofsteel RE: AdamD Dec 30, 2010 08:04 PM

      Shake Shack is not a "great burger place" - the burger is fine but not "great" and the place is outside and it's cold out!!!

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        sugartoof RE: gutsofsteel Dec 30, 2010 08:30 PM

        I mostly agree, but to be fair, the heat lamps work sometimes.

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          AdamD RE: gutsofsteel Dec 31, 2010 03:03 AM

          I happen to think it is. But true, if its below 40, it is less than ideal.

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            sugartoof RE: AdamD Dec 31, 2010 03:29 PM

            obviously, you're not alone, but it's essentially a fast food burger, and it's served outdoors. it's still the one burger people wait in lines for, and has many fans, strangely enough.

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              AdamD RE: sugartoof Dec 31, 2010 03:55 PM

              True. But a fast food burger elevated to a delicious level. It is what started the LaFreida/burger blend craze. Its the godfather burger LOL.

              While many swear by the madison square park version, one of my greatest pleasures is taking in the museum of natural history with my 5 yr old son and enjoying a shack stack after while he eats a plain hot dog. And this is a kid that will eat natto and ikura for breakfast, so healthy eating is not an issue with him.

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                sugartoof RE: AdamD Jan 1, 2011 03:19 PM

                It's certainly a step up from a dirty water hot dog cart.

                I think of the LaFreida/burger blend craze as being more of a Minetta Lane, and short rib blend kind of thing. I guess the popularity of LaFreida does trace to Shake Shack, but I'm not sure the quality is always there.

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        susiederkins RE: missgmf Dec 29, 2010 06:40 PM

        Back Forty does a very good burger. And I haven't these burgers from these two places (but I intend to), but they're not too far: Whitman's and ABC Kitchen.

        Take a pass on Stand. It's just so-so.

        Back Forty
        190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

        ABC Kitchen
        35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

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          sugartoof RE: susiederkins Dec 30, 2010 07:53 PM

          If you're not a fan of Stand, then I would be shocked if Whitman's wins you over. Unless of course you love Pimento burgers.

        2. MVNYC RE: missgmf Dec 29, 2010 07:02 PM

          If you like a big pub style burger then Molly's Shabeen on Third ave is the place to go. They make a fantastic burger hands down. Beefy and juicy. Their onion rings are also excellent which you can substitute for the fries

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            sugartoof RE: missgmf Dec 30, 2010 07:56 PM

            Molly's, and they have another restaurant a couple doors over with a burger slider trio.
            Lillie's is also nearby.
            Angelo & Maxie's bar had a very good burger when I tried it (around the corner from the steakhouse on Park)

            1. steve h. RE: missgmf Dec 31, 2010 02:51 PM


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