Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Does the East Village have enough places now to order hamburgers?
As we pointed out on Friday, Bad Burger (Breakfast All Day), the 24-hour diner, opens today at 171 Avenue A. A variety of burgers are on the comfort-food-heavy menu. Meanwhile, The Burger Shop at 115 St. Mark's Place will be serving hamburgers. (If they haven't done so already.) For something healthier, you can plunk down $15 for a cauliflower almond burger at the newly opened Gingersnap's Organic at 130 Seventh St.
Or, when the mood strikes, there are other choices nearby... like Black Market on Avenue A near Seventh... or Black Iron Burger on East Fifth Street close to Avenue B ... or Whitmans on Ninth Street near First Avenue... or maybe Mark Burger on St. Mark's Place... If you're that way, then you might as well go to Paul's, right? ... of course, I prefer the burgers at Stage. A few other people I know like Blue 9. And Royale. And Zaitzeff. And Bento Burger on Second Street. Which reminds me that I've never been to TallGrass on First Avenue. One person told me that the best burgers in the East Village are at the Hop Devil Grill on St. Mark's. Someone also left a comment once about how good the burgers are at DBGB. Not that I'd go there. Speaking of places that I've never been: The Village Pourhouse and Kool Bloo have burgers. So does Dempsey's on Second Avenue. I've been there. But never had a burger. And I can't forget Korzo Haus on Seventh Street by 7B. Interesting. I also always do things like order burgers at places like Odessa and 7A that aren't necessarily known for their burgers. And did you know that there is a burger place — That Burger — inside Idle Hands and Billy Hurricane's on Avenue B? Someone told me how me he liked them. Actually, I'm forgetting a lot of places. Which makes me think I'll just go to Ray's.
Posted by Grieve at 6:40 AM
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I'm a "foodie" and love to cook and I am interested in most things "foodie". Burgers and fries and rich food will give you pleasure now but illness ie. high cholesterol and high blood pressure if that kind of diet is pursued regularly.
I'm a big fan of 7A's burgers (actually, almost anything 7A). I had one last night actually. Yum.
Tallgrass burgers are 100% grassfed beginning to end.
Yes, there is a plethora of burger joints in the hood. I don't eat meat, so I can't put in a vote on best burger, but I will endorse the veggie burgers at Westville and Paul's. Royale's veggie burger is not bad too.
For my money nobody beats the original neighborhood
burger joint: Paul's. Great burgers at great prices.
don't forget the Big Macs at the MacDo on 1st. not quite a burger, it's become its own animal.... i tend to prefer fast-food burgers to most, though. for me, i'd rather travel outside the East Village to Shake Shack - and keep it that way.
(although, when I lived on the upper west side and they opened one there, the neighborhood was just fine afterwards)
Now a foursquare list... "follow" away!
EVGrieve's Compete East Village Burger List
I will now generously share my own secret EV burger list. If you live around here and haven't tried these sleeper favorites, you are missing out.
Veselka--nice if you like that charbroiled, backyard cookout flavor. Weak pickle though. Their turkey burger has onions and shit in the patty which is a nice touch.
Cafe Orlin--great patty, nicely grilled, always juicy, subtly seasoned with a hint of spice. Good skinny fries here too.
Westville--highly underrated, one of the best beefcakes around here in terms of straight up flavor and meatiness. Only critique is that its a little hockey puckish in shape. But a nice bun plus they offer American which is my fave burger cheese.
the new joint on bowery (will probably never go there), saxon and parole, supposedly, has good burger
but i prefer burgers from the pubs such as lunasa and st. dymphna's, and the french joints, such as jules, resto leon, lucien, and zucco
The Juicy Lucy at Whitman's is probably my favorite burger in New York. And the people that work there are really nice.
slightly out of the neighborhood but last night i had a terrific burger at joe junior, for the first time in ages. support a fantastic relic of the past!
I went to DBGB once, shortly after it opened, to try its matzo ball soup. Took my kid. We were seated at the bar. And ignored. And ignored. And ignored. Scads of beautiful rich young people swanning about, and the staff just weren't interested in us. It was like they didn't see us. That was a long time ago, and we haven't been back.
@esquared, that reminds me - i hear that the burgers at St Mark's Ale House are pretty good too, though it isn't much of an atmosphere for just grabbing a burger.
@ anon 11:28
I've heard that from other people too. You won't get waited on at the bar ... unless you're simply fabulous. It's not for the rank and file.
There are a lot of places to get burgers. There are a lot of places to get coffee. There are a lot of places to get falafel. There are a lot of places to get ramen. But at any given point, there are a lot of people in the neighborhood (some more welcome than others). Do we have enough of these types of businesses? I personally think so, but people go to these businesses, so I guess not.
Anonymous #1 - STFU. There is no such thing as a "foodie". You like food? Great, so does everyone. You're annoying.
@abrod i'd prefer the atmosphere at st. mark's ale than the one at saxon and parole: On one side of the dining room, young women drink cocktails and eat shellfish, pausing to have a waiter take group shots with each of their smartphones.
as for DBGB, it stands for douche bag galore [on the] bowery
Belcourt has a pretty awesome Lamb Burger. As does the Brindle Room. Way too much burgers in one area! I tend to go to Royale though.
McSorley's is solid...
@ East Village Eats
Forgot about Belcourt and Brindle Room, though I've never been to either place.
Don't forget the Moonstruck, Ryan's Pub, Stillwater Grill, Phebe's or...IHOP! Plus, there's that new one about to open on 2nd Ave & 5th St.
Tallgrass is excellent.
@anon 11:35AM--I can be whatever I want. FU.
For an old school burger you can't beat Pauls. Out of the new guys, Whitman's is definitely the best.
Anon 11:35AM--the point is eating cheeseburgers/fried foods as a natural pastime IS VERY UNHEALTHY. Maybe that's your diet so you are an idiot as a result.
@ esquared - for sure, I wouldn't be caught dead at Saxon & Parole. Or DBGB - though I'll admit to having had brunch there once or twice. I'm just saying, St. Mark's isn't the kind of place you'd go solely to grab a burger. That description of Saxon makes me want to vomit, though, so no burgers at all for me this afternoon.
3 more places that I haven't been to in ages: Phebe's, Ryan's and Moonstruck.
Does IHOP have a pancake burger?
Agreed with Anon 11:19, Joe Jr on Third Ave has great burgers. I love that place! Mmmmm
@Grieve - not...yet.
Foodie Girl, I am vegan and I love to cook, too ... although I would never call myself a "foodie" because I find the term silly and elitist.
But anyway, since I don't eat burgers, I refrained from commenting in this thread (er, until now), because to do so would only serve to make my neighbors feel bad and/or make me look like a jerk.
This is a post about burgers. People who like burgers are going to comment in it! What other people eat is really not your business. Sit back and wait for the "Best EV Falafel" thread and stop proselytizing, por favor. You're making the health nuts look bad.
i don't understand why anybody would go to shake shack in the first place, and then to stand on s long line? there are a few decent (if not fantastic) places close by and you can always take your burger (or whatever) to the park to eat it. (i have only been to the madison square park shake shack.)
my preference is: put the meat (real meat) on a fire (real fire) and i'll probably love it.
not all grass fed cows are the same. the best organic beef was colemans. last year they sold their name to a nebraska meat processor. don't know if they are organic, but the meat sure doesn't taste as good.
ev thanks for the list.
we do have a good number of great burger places down here. unfortunately we have a lot of everything (including stupidity) and it's getting more and more expensive.
i sure miss the inexpensive burmese restaurant on 7th street 2-3.
Long live Joe Jr.!
To all--my point is greasy foods ie. burgers and fries are unhealthy. Falafels are deep fried as well and not all that great either if you ask me. Clog your arteries--it is no fun taking statin meds--I am only saying this because if this kind of food is your regular diet--you can become ill from it. That's all. I had to make this comment because it's true.
Non Elitist For Sure
aw come on, i don't think the point here is to make burgers your regular diet. Everyone knows they won't hurt you as long as you eat only one per day.
Dave on 7th, with " . . . the original neighborhood burger joint: Paul's," you're makin' me feel pretty old. The place seems like a relatively recent arrival to me. Must go back
If falafel was unhealthy, the entire Middle East would be on "statin meds," whatever those are. And one can always pan-fry or bake falafel.
My bigger point is that saying obvious things like "if this kind of food is your regular diet--you can become ill from it" to a room of grown-ass, intelligent adults is obnoxious.
Seriously, I don't mean to pick on you, but it's attitudes like yours that make a lot of people hostile to vegetarians because they assume we're all judgmental busybodies.
I always found burger at Paul's to be...pretty bad
Other solid places not mentioned, St dymphnas and Redhead
I'm holding out for a Manhattan In N Out.
Nothing compares to Hop Devil Grill;s Turkey burger. Simply the finest.
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