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dagrassroots Jul 25, 2011 07:58 AM

I am arriving in new York on Thursday after 4 months abroad and I am craving a good burger. I will be heading out to white plains from grand central but will have time for a lunch around there. I will have a few bags so it may be akward to sit in a restaurant. Any places fit the bill?

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    dagrassroots Jul 25, 2011 08:11 AM

    Responding to my own post. Looking at a hamburger today it looks like zaitzeff and bills bar and burgers are both reasonably close. Are either of those good options?

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      RCC Jul 25, 2011 09:14 AM

      I've not been, but if you are craving and need to stay n the vicinity of GC, then how about Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in Grand Central? Almost all steakhouse burgers that I've had were more than decent. How bad can it be?

      I, too, crave insanely for burgers after a long stretch of travel to countries where burgers are not part of their culinary specialties.

      If you crave the non-steakhouse ones, and have enough time to do it, then you can make a quick trek to Five Guys along 3rd Ave and 44th. While it's not near the top of my local burger preference list, it's got its fans to

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      Michael Jordan's the Steak House NYC
      23 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017

      Five Guys Burgers and Fries
      690 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

      1. Motosport Jul 25, 2011 10:18 AM

        Junior's in the food court makes an excellent burger. If you want to walk a few blocks with your bags head down Lexington & 39th to Black Shack burger. They have a gourmet patty type burger that is excellent.
        A couple of blocks down on Lex and 37th is Rare which has a burger that will knock your socks off.

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        Junior's
        45 Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017

        Black Shack
        320 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Rare Bar & Grill
        303 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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          fooodie Jul 25, 2011 02:30 PM

          I second Rare. Worth the short walk.

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          Rare Bar & Grill
          303 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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            Elizabeth E. Jul 25, 2011 04:22 PM

            Many of these places will be difficult to maneuver with "a few bags." Especially Five Guys -- it's hard enough to get a seat there at lunchtime. I think Rare is your best bet, not only are the burgers great but it's in a hotel, so I bet you could check your bags at the bellstand for a tip. There used to be a place to check bags at GCT, but it disappeared during the renovations.

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            Scott V Jul 26, 2011 09:33 AM

            I don't like Black Shack at all. The burgers don't have much flavor and the fries are nothing special.

            Never been to MJs. Another option nearby is Capital Grille. Very good burger and fries at the bar for $15 at lunch. Not sure how they handle luggage but they are very close to CGT and have a coat check so I suspect they've seen it before.

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            Capital Grille
            155 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

            Black Shack
            320 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

          3. NAtiveNewYorker Jul 25, 2011 01:31 PM

            GoodBurger on 43rd and 2nd Avenue is one of the best in the city. Thicker than a Shake Shack fast food-like burger. Onion Rings are lousy.

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            Goodburger
            800 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017

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              plumpdumpling Jul 27, 2011 08:04 AM

              Seconded! Goodburger is the next best thing to Shake Shack with a muchmuch shorter line. And great shakes, too!

            2. princeofpork Jul 25, 2011 07:49 PM

              Get the burger at MJs in Grand Central. Great views and a damm good burger too.

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                apples Jul 26, 2011 07:43 AM

                Definitely agree with Michael Jordans suggestion! Also, bobby vans is right there .
                Is pJ Clarkes too far?

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                P.J. Clarke's
                915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

                Bobby Van's Steakhouse
                230 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10169

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                  princeofpork Jul 26, 2011 08:30 AM

                  Just not good.

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                    dagrassroots Jul 26, 2011 09:00 AM

                    Mj's is looking like the choice for me. After a 20 hour trip, convince will reign supreme.
                    I will report back.

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