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parkslopemama Aug 6, 2011 09:18 PM

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?

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

Cheeburger Cheeburger
222 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

BareBurger
170 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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    parkslopemama Sep 23, 2011 03:37 PM

    Gave Bare Burger one last try, and it was still awful. The chicken/avocado/BLT sandwich was bland, mushy, and falling apart in the too-soft bread. My companion's burger was also bland, mushy and falling apart in the too-soft bread. I really don't get it!

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    BareBurger
    170 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      redgirl Sep 26, 2011 01:18 PM

      HOW is it that not one post has mentioned the really great bar burger at rythym and booze in windsor terrace on prospect avenue????? they serve a great sized burger - cooked perfectly med. rare if you order it that way with a pile of fresh fries on an english muffin - about $8.95 plus charge for cheese and extras (mushrooms, etc.) great flavor, sweet completely unpretentious service and they pour a great guiness - or, about 20 other beers. no fancy schmancy $16 burger. just a really really good bar burger.

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      Rhythm and Booze
      1674 10th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        Mike R. Sep 27, 2011 04:04 PM

        Indeed...that is a VERY good burger and great value.

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        planetjess Sep 28, 2011 11:11 AM

        Yikes. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree, or just keep having different experiences (except for the buns--I love those buns). Eventually, the craze will die down, and those who really enjoy their style of burger will stick around, and others will migrate, and I'll be happy to deal with smaller crowds. I'm still having fantastic experiences with the burgers and veggie burgers, every time. I have come up with one critique, though--I wish the onion rings were a little smaller. The batter gets so crisp that, when they're that big, they get a little difficult to eat. Not up there with your concerns, though.

        Funny thing that DH has noticed, given my earlier observation about Cheeburger Cheeburger--indeed, about a month ago they started aggressively pushing their hormone-free/organic ingredients. based on the timing, it indicated to us, per Occam, that BareBurger is in fact rolling right over them.

        I lived in WT for nine years, and always heard about the great burger at Rhythm & Booze--just never made it there. It's never been conveniently situated for me--wrong end of WT at the time, and now closer places in PS. Any chance it has a pool table? If so, I'll have a relatively easy time convincing DH to make the mini-trek.

        One last question on BareBurger--I am a BLT addict, but never bring myself to turn down a burger-type sandwich when eating from BareBurger, though I noticed they had a tempting BLT on the menu. Is that different from the sandwich you're describing with the chicken, or a separate sandwich that you don't think is very good? I can get a decent BLT at a few places in PS, but true BLT greatness has eluded me since the little loft restaurant that used to be in the Pavilion movie theatre closed down almost, what, eight years ago now? THAT was a BLT--gently toasted challah, bacon that was close to Neuske's-good and perfectly crisp, good quality/balanced amount of lettuce and tomato. I dream of a great BLT, if you can't tell...

      3. sgordon Sep 6, 2011 02:11 PM

        I've been to the BareBurger in Manhattan near NYU a couple times and enjoyed it. Particularly liked the lamb burger with tzatziki, and had the elk burger another time - good, but not noticeably elk-y enough to warrant getting it over a beef or lamb patty.

        I was a fan of Bonnie's Grill when I lived in the Slope. Nothing that would set the world on fire, but a reliable burger nonetheless.

        Quite fond of Korzo Haus - an excellent burger, even leaving aside the gimmick of the deep-fried bread. The meat is high-quality, and the toppings are really tasty and fresh. And it's a monster. One could be big enough to feed two people, depending how hungry you are. The halusky (spaetzle) - either fried, or boiled and tossed with bryndza like a Slovakian mac-n-cheese - are excellent and addictive, too.

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

        Korzo
        667 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        BareBurger
        170 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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          planetjess Sep 7, 2011 07:39 AM

          Korzo Haus? I haven't heard of it, and must go there immediately. Boiled spaetzle with butter, salt and pepper is like the food of the gods to me.

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            Bob Martinez Sep 7, 2011 10:06 AM

            The Korzo mothership is in Park Slope. 667 5th Ave. between 19th and 20th St. The burgers are first rate but they offer an extensive menu of other well made dishes.

            http://www.korzorestaurant.com/Dinner...

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            Korzo
            667 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            1. re: Bob Martinez
              jen kalb Sep 7, 2011 10:15 AM

              leaving the burgers aside, do you think their food is as good as Milan's just down the street?

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              Milan's
              710 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                Bob Martinez Sep 7, 2011 01:10 PM

                Yes, I think so. The wunderwurst platter is good if you like that sort of thing. (I do.) The goulash is good as is the chicken paprikas. It's really not directly comparable. Milan is Slovak and Korzo is Hungarian although there's plenty of crossover.

                With Fall coming on I'm looking forward to visiting both places.

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                Korzo
                667 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                1. re: Bob Martinez
                  missmasala Sep 8, 2011 09:20 AM

                  Is Korzo Hungarian run by Hungarians? I've never been, but I guess I thought it was a sort of chic "pan eastern-european" kind of place. My family is always looking for a good Hungarian restaurant, ever since Taste of Hungary in College Point closed. (Yes, it's been years.) Andre's isn't bad, but parking on the UES is.

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                  Korzo
                  667 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                  1. re: missmasala
                    Bob Martinez Sep 8, 2011 09:29 AM

                    Yes, it's run by Hungarians. Very nice people. While they've got things like burgers on the menu to appeal to a broader crowd the Hungarian dishes like the Goulash, the Halušky and Langoš, and the Chicken Paprikáš seem authentic enough. (I've never been to Hungary.)

                    1. re: Bob Martinez
                      jen kalb Sep 8, 2011 01:27 PM

                      surprised they are hungarian - halusky is not a specifically hungarian dish - slovaks make it too - and also cook goulash (witness Milan's menu.) If they are hungarian hopefully they can serve more dishes - its a rare cuisine in NY.

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          planetjess Aug 26, 2011 11:04 AM

          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.

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          BareBurger
          170 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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            chowhundius Aug 30, 2011 07:15 PM

            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.

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            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

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              planetjess Sep 1, 2011 07:28 AM

              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.

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                Mike R. Sep 3, 2011 05:29 AM

                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.

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

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                Matt M. Sep 6, 2011 09:56 AM

                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).

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                MAW Aug 10, 2011 11:10 AM

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

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                Grand Canyon
                179 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                1. Bob Martinez Aug 8, 2011 11:15 AM

                  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.

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

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

                  Korzo
                  667 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                  Lot 2
                  687 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                  BareBurger
                  33-21 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                  1. lambretta76 Aug 7, 2011 08:24 AM

                    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.

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                    Dram Shop
                    339 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                      Mike R. Aug 8, 2011 11:10 AM

                      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.

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

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                        missmasala Aug 11, 2011 04:56 AM

                        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.

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                          squid kun Aug 11, 2011 06:43 PM

                          The first NYC location will be in the Theater District: http://www.chow.com/restaurants/924480/steak-n-shake . Eater reported this last month: http://www.chow.com/restaurants/92448...

                    2. Sluggo1407 Aug 7, 2011 08:05 AM

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

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

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