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May 7, 2011 03:02 PM

best burger on UWS

Having a craving for a fantastic juicy burger in the neighborhood. Thinking about 5 napkin or Big Nick's. Opinions appreciated and any other suggestions.

Big Nick's
70 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023

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  1. There is the obvious choice of Shake Shack (although I still haven't been). Nice Matin also has the original 5 napkin burger (although I don't know if it is better/worse/as good as 5 Napkins').

    Nice Matin
    201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

    Shake Shack
    366 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

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    1. re: XerxesAB

      I vote for 5 Napkins

      Five Napkin Burger
      2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      1. re: AmyLG

        Had lunch at 5 napkin last week and was very good

    2. Fairway Cafe has my fave burger. Mitchel London rocks.

      Fairway Cafe
      2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

      1. Shake Shack.
        5 Napkin is good, but it can be overkill -- Is it necessary to stick a steak knife in the burger??
        Big Nick's.... only if it's 3 AM and you need something to soak up the remnants of a long night of bar hopping.

        Big Nick's
        2175 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

        1. I like the burger at 5 Napkin although I ask them to strip away much of the extras like cheese so that the beef comes through. I personally think Shake Shack is practicing mass hypnosis because I think their burgers are way over-rated. I still mourn the loss of Happy Burger. Now that was a diner with a great burger grill that was lost to redevelopment several years ago.

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          1. re: bustario

            Thanks for the advice. Do you need a reservation for 5 napkin or do you think a 4 top can walk in around 7pm on a Friday night? Shake Shack is also on my list as I have never been there and I know people rave about it. Keep the ideas coming as I am willing to travel up to about 112th street on Broadway or vacinity.

            1. re: ganache123

              You will need at reservation at that time. Enjoy.

          2. I am a fan of Shake Shack and 5 Napkin (and Nice Matin). I do like Fairway but a real surprise contender is PD O'Hurleys West (the one closer to West end on 72nd). Monday is a build your own night for extra fun

            Nice Matin
            201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

            P.D. O'Hurleys
            250 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

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            1. re: msny98

              Well now, hang on a minute.

              I agree that Shake Shack is great for a quick Shack-Attack and the fries are excellent. But we're talking Best on the Upper West, which is a big claim. And no-one has even mentioned Cafe Luxembourg?

              I think Cafe Lux is the only really serious contender for 'Best'. It has been the gold standard of UWS burgers for years, and it's still right up there. Easily a contender for best burger in Manhattan too.

              It's a grown-up's burger, on a par with Odeon and Balthazar (there is - or was - some shared DNA among these three, so it's no accident)