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CurlieGlamourGirlie May 4, 2011 07:08 AM

I used to love Burger 9.5 in Merrick, but it seems to have lost some steam and doesn't offer different meats, etc. I'm looking for a place with a really good burger that is on the nicer side that would be kid-friendly. Anything come to mind?? I'm not looking to get a burger at Major's or a steakhouse.

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    debmom Feb 15, 2014 02:33 PM

    I had a burger for lunch at Peter Lugers in Great Neck. I still remember it, it was divine.

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      Scott_R Feb 15, 2014 09:58 AM

      Going full circle, Burger 9.5 is now Cafe Nee, though I think its the same owners; they have some of the burger offerings as the original 9.5:
      http://www.cafenee.net/menu.html

      (rant: why post small, low-res, poor contrast jpegs of the menu with some of the items cut off?)

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        lenorel57 Feb 15, 2014 07:31 AM

        Bistro Citron in Roslyn has very good burgers...and excellent mussels.

        1. Fred19 Feb 13, 2014 04:10 PM

          I like Major's in East Meadow and Woodbury for burgers. The home fries go really well with their burgers.

          ~Fred19

          1. Gastronomos Feb 13, 2014 02:10 PM

            Let's try Runyon's in Seaford.

            1. Motosport Sep 21, 2013 07:44 AM

              If you want to drive way out to Rocky Point there is a new place called BBD, Beer, Burgers and Dessert that makes an excellent old style hand formed burger and is family oriented.

              1. Fred19 Jun 15, 2011 05:06 AM

                I like the burgers at the Good Steer in Lake Grove. They also come with fantastic fried and breaded onions.

                ~Fred19

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                Good Steer
                RR 25, Lake Grove, NY 11755

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                  LloydG Jun 13, 2011 09:45 AM

                  My kids love Bobby's Burger Palace in Lake Grove (south side of the mall). It's quasi sit-down (you order and they bring it to your table). The burgers are very good, and you can get a beer for the grownups and shakes for the kids, plus they have good fries and a good salad, so it can feel more like a regular meal than a drive-thru.

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                  Bobby's Burger Palace
                  355 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY 11755

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                    Fred19 Sep 21, 2013 05:58 AM

                    When I ate at Bobby's (Flay) Burgers I found it impossible to get a rare burger. The cooking temperature is so high, that even if they try to cook them rare, they rapidly progress in front of your eyes to medium and well done before you can take the second bite. The price for a burger, fries and drinks came to over 12 dollars. Not cost effective. Try Major's in Woodbury. They have a great burger, which goes good with their hash browns.

                    ~Fred19

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                      chloe4ever Feb 16, 2014 12:25 PM

                      I have been to four different Bobby Flay locations (Mohegan Sun, DC, and two in Jersey) and every time I have asked for them to cook it medium rare it comes out medium rare--a few times actually a little too rare....but it has never been a problem at the at least 25 times I have been to these locations combined to get my burger prepared medium rare...And the fries are big enough for a family to share....so that should lower the cost...so perhaps your location cannot cook them rare but at all the times and locations that I have been to, I received a perfectly cooked medium rare burger. Bobby's is one of my favorite in this style of burger joints. Not as good as Shake Shack, but a very close second. And I love the fry sauce and shakes!

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                        Scott_R Feb 16, 2014 02:28 PM

                        Better than Five Guys, where you can have it any way you want so long as it's well-done.

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                    GCGuy Jun 13, 2011 02:39 AM

                    The Burger Spot in Garden City is actually quite good, with good salads (gasp) to boot. High quality, creative, but not too hokey. http://www.theburgerspotonline.com/ho...

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                      Scott_R Jun 13, 2011 06:04 AM

                      The Burger Spot makes a pretty good burger, but people ought to now two things:
                      -- it's more of a fast-food style burger (thin patty); I prefer a thick patty (it's not a matter of quantity and thus not the same as asking for two);
                      -- by default, it comes with their mayo-based "house sauce." I personally hate mayo; anyone else who doesn't like it should be warned to ask for it to be left off.

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                      ediblover Jun 5, 2011 03:00 PM

                      My recent ride to a pizza place somehow turned into a burger binge over the weekend. Quick rundown:

                      Corner Kitchen, Port Jefferson
                      This is where it started. I had no intention of having a burger, but there was a sign that said, "best burger ever" or something like that. Thinking, "right..." I just had to take the challenge. Burger is your basic stacker (about 1/4 pound), I requested medium, got well-done. Bun was martin's potato (this being good), it comes with steak fries (Not good as it had little crisp and flavor). The basic greens (lettuce, tomato, etc.) were poor. The burger had some serious char flavor going on, but that really couldn't save it from being overcooked.

                      Gourmet Burger Bistro, Port Jefferson
                      Having had a so-so burger, I thought, what the hell, let's see what the local burger place can do. A couple of good things here. First, their fried onion strings (basically, thin onion rings) are great. They come on the side with all burgers and I think it's best to stuff them inside of your burger. Second, I requested medium-rare and got medium-rare. The seasoning of the burger was also good. Downhill from there. I liked the multi-grain bun, but the bun:patty ratio as seriously off. The bun had a good inch+ diameter over the burger; a serious, conceptional no-no. No idea what the heck the kitchen is thinking making such a basic mistake. The greens were poor. The sweet potato fries were sad. I tried a few, each time thinking, "it couldn't have been that bad," but only reaffirming the disappointment. They had absolutely 0 crisp; they were wilted vegetables. I thought they were single fried, but the server said they were double. Either that was a lie or there's some serious incompetence going on at the fryer, since it'd mean that the oil wasn't hot enough.

                      American Roadside Burger, Smithtown
                      Thank you for having respectable sweet potato fries and reaffirming my faith in the burger joint. After the disaster I had at GBB, the fries were heavenly (overall, solid/good). When I was there, the manager unabashedly brought out some martin's on the front counter to sort them or something. I thought it was funny (yes, these are Martin's and they're fabulous!). Burger (1/4 lb stackers) was ho-hum. Nicely cooked, but average. Same league as a Five Guys. Still, of the 3 I had yesterday, my experience here was the best.

                      Long Island Cheeseburgers, Wantagh
                      We have a winner. Buns are regular white (think it was, "hero bun"), not great and a tad large, but it held up and even contributed a bit textually. I ordered medium-rare and got it. Sweet potato fries were solid. It's funny, but it's the vegetables that really brought home the trophy. The toppings and the basic greens (doesn't say it, or I missed it, but the basic lettuce, tomato and onions are included) all had good flavor. Good ingredients and good cooking says that the kitchen cares about the food. I like. Ordered some wings and a General Tso's wrap to go (ate at the beach). Wings were solid and the lemon peppercorn sauce was nice (Very fresh, so no doubt recently/house made). Fries ended up being steamed (my bad), which reminded me of Five Guys fries. No crisp left, but still good flavor. The wrap was awesome with its balanced sweet/hot sauce and nice cuts of roasted peppers and cucumbers.

                      So, just based on the past couple of days, I'd strongly recommend LIcheeseburgers:
                      http://licheeseburger.com/

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                      American Roadside Burger
                      80 E Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787

                      Long Island Cheeseburger
                      3261 Merrick Rd, Wantagh, NY 11793

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                        CurlieGlamourGirlie Jun 7, 2011 07:45 AM

                        Wow. I need to hang out with you! Love the LI burger showdown!

                        Coincidentally - was at American Roadside Burger over Memorial Day Weekend and I really enjoyed it - good call - it's on par with Five Guys.

                        I haven't been to LICheeseburgers in a while but remember them being top-notch.

                        Another spot I like is SouperFry - I was able to order a medium rare burger there and got it cooked to perfection. I like soggy fries (hey, there's something for everyone out there!), so that's right up my alley since they put the fries in a paper bag a la Five Guys.

                        Want good crispy fries though? European Republic opened up a post in Freeport - tasty and crispy Belgian-style fries with unbelievably tasty dipping sauces. And really good wraps. Hmmm....maybe dinner will be from there tonight! :)

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                        American Roadside Burger
                        80 E Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787

                        European Republic
                        339 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743

                        Five Guys
                        7 Southside Dr Ste 107, Clifton Park, NY 12065

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                          Scott_R Jun 7, 2011 03:48 PM

                          On a par with Five Guys? That bad, huh?

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                          Five Guys
                          7 Southside Dr Ste 107, Clifton Park, NY 12065

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                            CurlieGlamourGirlie Jun 9, 2011 10:08 AM

                            Now, now. I happen to not hate on Five Guys. I just meant in terms of it being a chain-ish type burger place that's above fast food.

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                            Five Guys
                            7 Southside Dr Ste 107, Clifton Park, NY 12065

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                            ediblover Jun 8, 2011 02:56 PM

                            I meant to make a visit to SouperFry too, but forgot where it was and the (rain) clouds didn't seem forgiving. I'll probably make a stop there sometime later in the month, coupling it with a visit to 9 point 5 for comparison.

                            Looking at European Republic, the thing I zoomed in on right away was the sweet potato pie. But, having an organic tofu wrap sort of scares me away. I guess it goes into the "stop if in the area" category, if only for the fries and pie (which are pretty awesome reasons).

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                            European Republic
                            339 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743

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                              CurlieGlamourGirlie Jun 9, 2011 10:10 AM

                              Coincidentally, SouperFry is a stone's throw down Merrick Road from Burger 9 Point 5. Burger 9 Point 5 used to be waaaaay better than it is lately.

                              I always get the chicken, brie, greens and dijon wrap. The chicken is never that dried out grilled slab. I haven't been to the Freeport location yet (just saw it from the gas station across the street). What I loved about the Huntington one was that it was so deliciously dive-y - a veritable institution.

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                              Jeffsayyes Jun 13, 2011 02:49 PM

                              I never thought LI Cheeseburger aka cheeseburger cheeseburger that much. Been giving it a chance to blow me away for about 12 years.

                              SouperFry I kinda dug actually.

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                              Scott_R Sep 20, 2013 10:26 AM

                              Old thread, but just thought it should be noted for anyone who comes across it that Long Island Cheeseburgers has closed.

                              sidenote: they changed hands a year or so ago, IIRC, and I thought the quality had dropped.

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                                stuartlafonda Sep 20, 2013 11:55 AM

                                .................another update to an old thread, the best sitdown burger on the Island is................. Shake Shack............ hands down...

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                                  mcf Sep 22, 2013 08:32 AM

                                  Sapsuckers in Huntington grinds their own burgers, and emphasize local sourcing and pastured with some meats.

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                                    stuartlafonda Sep 22, 2013 08:38 AM

                                    Which reminds me, my second favorite sit down burger in Nassau these days is Bare Burger. Certainly no secret but they do an excellent job.

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                                Scott_R May 4, 2011 08:28 PM

                                I was going to reply with American Burgers in Rockville Center, but it's not exactly on the nicer side. Nothing wrong with it, but it does have a sort of greasy spoon feel (great burgers, though, in amazing variety).

                                You didn't say what area you're looking for, but Downtown Burger at Five Points Cafe in Sayville,
                                http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...
                                is promising; I've only been there once by enjoyed my burger quite a bit. And the place is nice looking.

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                                American Burgers
                                326A Sunrise Hwy, Rockville Centre, NY 11570

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                                  CurlieGlamourGirlie May 5, 2011 06:49 AM

                                  Scott - My bad - Sayville would actually be perfect - thanks!

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