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Burgers on the LES!?

Riglde37 Feb 25, 2011 06:34 PM

For a nice date night. Looking for a good burger and a good beer somewhere on the LES. Thanks in advance!

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    sugartoof Feb 26, 2011 07:36 PM

    Spitzer's Corner with a really good beer selection and Alias on Clinton Street both have good burgers with good meat.
    Back Forty in Alphabet City has a really great burger and their list of mostly all local beer would be perfect.
    Ruby's is very close and has a notable burger.
    Meatball Shop essentially sells meatball sliders.
    Little Giant isn't bad, and worth mentioning, though it's cramped.

    I wasn't impressed with the meat at Schiller's or Royale, personally. Neither really felt like a substantial meal to me.

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      DivGuy Feb 26, 2011 05:23 AM

      Fat Radish. Their burger is delicious, perfectly cooked, with intelligent bun design that allows you to actually eat the thing like a burger without unhinging you jaw. It's technically in the LES, though the cross street is Canal. It's maybe a little hipstery / sceney, bu I liked it as a date place. They have Sixpoint on tap, so it's good for beer too.

      For a less fancy place but equally good beer and burger, I could recommend to Black Iron Burger in the East Village. It's dive-y, so it may not be what you want for a "nice date night" (depending on the date), but the burger is as good as Royale's and the beer on tap is better.

      Another option in the East Village would be Back Forty. More casual than Fat Radish, but still fully acceptable for a nice date, equally excellent burger, good beer list.

      I would recommend against Spitzer's, though they have a very good beer list and are right in the heart of the LES. The burger is maddeningly inconsistent.

      157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

      Back Forty
      190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

      Black Iron Burger Shop
      540 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

      Fat Radish
      17 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: DivGuy
        princeofpork Feb 26, 2011 11:41 AM

        My only problem with Black Iron is you come out stinking of grilled meat, and not in a good way. They need better ventilation.

      2. princeofpork Feb 26, 2011 05:05 AM

        Royale is my choice

        157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

        1. stephennyc Feb 25, 2011 10:04 PM

          Try Schiller's Liquor Bar. Not sure about the beer part. http://www.schillersny.com/index.php

          Schiller's Liquor Bar
          131 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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