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Looking for best fancy pants burger

Looking to try the best fancy pants burger in Manhattan. Can't decide between Minetta Tavern or DB Bistro. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. I have already been to Five Napkin and Peter Luger.

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  1. I would go to the Brindle Room or ABC Kitchen for the Akaushi burger before either Minetta Tavern or DB Bistro.

    Especially the latter, which I find just gross on every level.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      What do you find "gross" about the db burger?

      1. re: Spiritchaser

        Better question is what I don't find gross about the burger.

        The entire concept is wrong. Why do I need truffles on a burger? That also has fois gras? As well as that ubiquitous ingredient d'hier, bacon.

        I order a burger, especially an artisan gourmet one, for the beef, not everything else around it.

        And it tastes like anything but a burger, sort of like a bad rendition of a stuffed meatloaf.

        The final dagger might be the fact you can't even pick it up and it eat it like a proper burger because unless you have the jaws of a serpent you're going to deconstruct the thing and attack it with knife and fork.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          i completely agree with you.

          i had this once...like in 2006 or 2007...it was absolutely horrible and made me feel ill.

          structurally, its a mess and got all sorts of praise at the time for being expensive and thats about it.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Since when does the db burger have bacon?

            1. re: Spiritchaser

              It was a special add-in. You're right it normally does not.

        2. re: ipsedixit

          Note that the Brindle Room serves the burger only at lunch.

          1. re: Nancy S.

            I think you can still ask for it at dinner though?

        3. +1 for Minetta. Also look at DBGB.

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          1. re: coasts

            I find DBGB's burger not that fabulous -- the meat is not juicy and the cheese is practically nonexistent. The bun and fries are tasty, though.

          2. I know it is the wrong board, but Roberta's in Bushwick Brooklyn has a stellar aged beef burger with small whole roasted potatoes.

            1. Depending on how much you enjoyed the Peter Luger burger I would suggest the burger at the bar at Ben and Jacks. This was the bacon cheeseburger my son got there. Just the picture makes my mouth water.

               
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              1. re: jrvedivici

                I was going to suggest the Wolfgang burger but feared it might be too much like the Luger one.

              2. Black Label burger at Minetta Tavern is great.

                The DB Bistro burger, not so much.

                Does the lamb burger at The Breslin count as fancy pants?

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                1. re: lexismore

                  lamb burger at the Breslin is soooo good, I'd order the fries without salt though.