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Dec 7, 2011 12:54 PM

Burgers in Brooklyn

Any new burger developments going on in Brooklyn.. I have read things about Moo Burger. I will be headed to the Cobble/Boreum Hill Area, to see a movie tonight.. Is this the place to grab a burger in the area.

Moo Burger Barn
240 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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  1. Haven't tried it yet, will be curious for your findings. Alternatively, Five Guys is Five Guys, and is right across the street from the theater.

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    1. re: cazique

      Save your time and go to Bonnies on 5th ave in Park Slope. Every time I go to one of these new burger places I am disappointed .

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

      1. re: cazique

        I think Five Guys is very good. Not too cheap, but very good when you want a burger fix.

      2. Don't know Moo Burger but if you are on Court Street try Vinzee's Magic fountain. It's very good; they are making me eat burgers more than I should! At around 1st Street.

        Vinzee's Magic Fountain
        412 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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        1. re: Bookistan

          Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Most chowhounders find Bonnie's Burger great. I personally think it is one of the most overrated burgers anywhere.

          1. re: irvingk

            As you said to each his own. I just have had nothing but dry thin and tasteless burgers at most of these new chain or chain type theme places that have opened up in the Park Slope and Cobble Hill areas. The best burgers at least for me come from the small mom and pop type places like Bonnies , Watty and Meg etc.

            1. re: bruce a

              Bonnie's used to be my favorite burger in Brooklyn, but they went downhill severely in the past couple of years. (I haven't been back in probably 3 years, so things may have improved -- even the past couple of times I'd gone I got the beef on weck instead as I found the burger flat-out meh.)

              My new favorite is Dram Shop -- it's more of a fast food burger (think Wendy's, with square patties, American cheese) but it's nearly perfect to me (for what it is). Great fries, too, as well as great dipping sauces for said fries (although half of the time I don't get them when I order them, but I treat that as the universe telling me to avoid the extra calories.)

              Dram Shop
              339 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              1. re: lambretta76

                Bonnies can be hit or miss I have had one or two times when I left there underwhelmed. But usually I am happy I went there.Where is the Dram Shop located?

                1. re: bruce a

                  The Dram Shop is on 9th Street in Park Slope, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

            2. re: irvingk

              These are my notes on Bonnies when I went.. I was not impressed..

              Wings are good.. I mean they are put in a deep fryer and then covered with pretty good sauce.. I ordered hot and they were under sauced.. The hot wasnt very hot..

              I also split a burger.. On a char grill.. Seems to be some sort of Asian seasoning.. I am thinking like garlic salt and soy sauce.. A good burger.. liked the grilled jalapenos.

              I am not kicking the food out of bed but, it's all pretty average..

              Better wings at Blondies, better wings Pluck U, Cluck-U, and a few other places.. i mean, if you fry your own wings at home and make a Franks Hot sauce butter combo, you will have the same results.. The wings were meaty, fried well, hot and crunchy.

              The chipotle mayo is the best thing in the place..

              I dont know, perhaps after reading these enthusiastic reviews, I was expecting something better than average..

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

          2. Just to update, if anyone finds this thread, we went to Moo Burger a few weeks back, and while I'm willing to give it another chance we weren't enthralled. Wife's burger was extremely underdone - raw when asked for medium rare, asked them to do it again medium and it barely changed. They said "that's how they do it" and I can understand that different places calibrate different levels of rare, but be aware that these guys are a step to 1.5 steps rarer than what you might expect. Or maybe we hit it on an off night. My lamb burger was fine. All the fried stuff was pretty good. And the waitress was pretty heavily trying to upsell sides and other stuff, which I found a bit off-putting. Anyway, I'd try it again but probably wouldn't hurry back.

            Daniel76, did you try it? Your opinion carries weight, I'm curious how you found it if so.

            Next time, also consider Watty and Meg (upscaler but very good burger) or Two8Two (farther away, Atlantic/Smith, but quite good).

            Moo Burger Barn
            240 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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            1. re: cazique

              Hey, that's nice of you to say about my opinion being like your gospel and everything/. Just kidding.. Seriously, that was nice..

              Uh, I had a pretty good burger at Burger Garage in LIC this weekend. It needed salt so, I added salt.. but, the fries were decent.,. My wife thought it was like an In N Out type burger. I am not rushing back for it but, it's an option in the area. 4 oz patties, we got a double.

              We also have had a really nice burger at 282 though, the bar is kind of off and well, it's just an ok room.. And, the fact that I am a pretty good cook and I purchase my meat from Paisanos, well, it's pretty much the burger I make at home when I don't feel like turning on my Big Green Egg.

              I have not tried Moo Burger.. I remember liking the burger at Bark, though, it's teenie tiny.

              I will try Watty and Meg for sure..

              One place that really has drawn my interest is this place called, Juniper? Has anyone been there..

              Also, I really like the burger at Umi Nom.. It's really good.. Surprising as who would think but, they have it at lunch and I really enjoy it. But their pork belly sandwich is pretty tight also. That's why you have to invite a little kid with you so you eat half their burger and all your pork sandwich.

              Then go next door to Clinton HIll pickles and get a bunch of those for when you make your Paisanos Burger at home the next week.

              Umi Nom
              433 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

              Burger King
              92-02 Atlantic Ave, Queens, NY 11416

              The Burger Garage
              25-36 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

              112 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

              282 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Clinton Hill Pickles
              431 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

            2. I have always liked Junior's for burgers. It's sort of on the way to Cobble Hill. A nice walk if the weather is good.
              Then again, it's hard not to get their pastrami sammich which I give high ratings.
              If I am with my lovely wife we get both and split them. Vanilla malted milk for me and a chocolate egg cream for her. Priceless!!

              386 Flatbush Avenue Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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              1. re: Motosport

                Haven't been to Juniors in ages. Mostly because there is not too much else nearby . I need to make a stop there soon.

              2. 828 Atlantic has great burgers! And a nice bar. More of a dining experience than 5 Guys to be certain.
                Its on Atlantic between Smith and Boerum Place - close to the movie theaters.

                282 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                1. re: anita_cocktail

                  It's 282, not 828. That would be quite a long walk from there!

                  I concur though. I like two8two. They get their meat ground fresh daily from Los Paisanos. Over the last (almost) year they've been open, they've slowly expanded their menu to include non-burger items, including a pretty passable greek salad.