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Aug 6, 2011 09:18 PM

Bare Burger (Park Slope)

Totally NOT impressed with this place. Even setting aside the super-organic-and-environmentlally-correct preachiness, the food just wasn't very good. My burger was bland, the kids' burgers were laughably small and odd tasting, the french fries were soggy, and the chocolate shake was odd-tasting and hard lumps in it (some kind of chocolate chunks that did not fit through the straw). Only one of four of us was happy -- the one who enjoyed his Six Point beer and portobello "burger".

Why oh why are all the burger places on 7th Avenue (Bare Burger, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Flipters) so awful?

Brooklyn Flipster's
444 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Cheeburger Cheeburger
222 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

170 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  1. Not all the burger places are bad. The burgers at Five Guys are pretty decent.

    Five Guys Burgers and Fries
    284 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    1. A great burger can be had at Dram Shop on 9th -- it's perhaps the best "fast food-style" burger I've had, and certainly my favorite bar burger in town. Nothing fancy, just a really well-constructed burger and crispy fries for under a tenner. It's closest to a Wendy's double, but about 100x better.

      Dram Shop
      339 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      1. re: lambretta76

        A bit further down the trail (16th Street & 9th Avenue, specifically) is the fab burger at Double Windsor - I'm pretty sure it's Pat LaFrieda, done the way you want!

        Did anyone take notice that "Steak 'n' Shake" is invading the NYC Market this fall? They are "Famous for Steakburgers"...whatever that means. My last one was somewhere around The Hill in St. Louis. Don't be surprised if they get a foothold near Atlantic Yards.

        The Double Windsor
        210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        1. re: Mike R.

          Where did you hear about steak n shake? That would be exciting news for my family, as we always go when in st. louis. Tho they aren't as good as they used to be, they produce a good fast-food style burger and nice shakes.

          1. re: missmasala

            The first NYC location will be in the Theater District: . Eater reported this last month:

      2. Last September we went to their Astoria location. The menu reads well, if a little preciously. The burgers themselves were decent but in no way lived up to the hypey menu. Like you, we found the fries to be a bit soggy as well.

        For burgers in Park Slope I strongly recommend the grass fed burger at Lot 2 and the Euroburger at Korzo. The burger at Johnny Mack's remains an excellent example of the bar burger style.

        I like the Bonnie's burger a lot. It's a notch down from the other examples I've cited but the buffalo wings there are absolutely outstanding so the total experience is really worthwhile.

        Bonnie's Grill
        278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        Johnny Mack's
        1114 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        667 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        Lot 2
        687 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        33-21 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

        1. I like Grand Canyon on 7th Ave. The wait staff are really nice and the food is good!!

          Grand Canyon
          179 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          1. We're Bonnie's loyalists at my place, think Cheeburger Cheeburger and Flipsters are laughably mediocre and Five Guys are grease bomb gullet busters best invoked to treat serious hangovers. However, we couldn't disagree more about Bareburger, which has been delicious each of the four times we have tried it.

            At this point, we've tried the veggie burgers, lamb burgers and beef burgers with various toppings. All three have been great. They tend to cook on the rarer side, so we order the lamb burgers medium well to get them medium, and the beef burgers medium to get them medium rare. The brioche buns were fresh and soft, the toppings fresh and flavorful, and no soggy fries whatsoever (not crispy like McDonalds-type fries, but solid and potatoey but not mealy--and fried in peanut oil). Excellent onion rings as well, and their long list of special sauces, reminiscent of all the frites bars, actually produce several sauces that can be differentiated as "spicy", "curry", "chipotle", etc., as titled.

            My personal favorite is the #7 Avocado California Burger made with a veggie burger and suffused with the cilantro lime dressing. Admittedly, it falls apart eventually in the brioche, from the combination of the veggies and veggie burger and dressing, but I've developed a method of eating the thing in less than five minutes that avoids that problem. DH loves the #13 lamb burger (think "greek" themey), and he's normally a die-hard "I want nothing on my burger other than cheese and ketchup" kind of guy.

            We ask them to smash a banana into our chocolate milkshakes, and the only thing that ever doesn't make it up the straw is a few banana chunks. Hopefully they'll start delivering at some point--we do a lot of pick-up at this point because it's always packed. Cheeburger Cheeburger must be gnashing their teeth right now.

            170 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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            1. re: planetjess

              What do you think of corner burger? I think they're pretty darn good, if not great. my fave burger joints are outside of the slope, however: Farm on Adderley and Hope & Anchor.

              Hope & Anchor
              347 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              The Farm on Adderley
              1108 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

              Corner Burger
              381 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              1. re: chowhundius

                We haven't been to Corner Burger, but will put it on our list to try. We've been planning to go to Farm on Adderley for years (many of those years while we lived much closer, in Windsor Terrace), and when we finally make it over there, I'll let DH know that the burger comes recommended.

                1. re: chowhundius

                  Farm-on-Adderley burger most recently overcooked and severely lacking flavor. The once-stellar fries have changed.

                  A recent fish dish was dried out and the zucchini / veggie selection at $17 plus T&T is a rip.
                  I'm beginning to worry about this. Prices have escalated, quality has dipped.

                  The Farm on Adderley
                  1108 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

                2. re: planetjess

                  I'm so glad you said that about Five Guys. so many people raved about this place to us. When they finally opened on Court Street we tried them out. I thought they tasted OK; certainly not the earth shattering experience described to me. More disappointing were the fries, which were almost soggy (certainly had no crisp to them).