228 Bleecker St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.730070 -74.002422
Best Veggie Burger & Fries in town – I don't eat meat but know a lot about veggie burgers and Rare has one of the best in town! The french fries are fabulous too.
GREAT Burger, service and giant selection – An enormous feast, plain and simple. I had the special Murray's cheese burger. It was an aged goat cheese on the burger, also with a cacciatore sauce and a beer battered onion ring. Buddy of mine had the sirloin burger with another bevvy of fixins on it. Service and crowd was great, beer selection was nothing short of spectacular, and the overall meal was superior to most other 'high end' burger places. The decor was ugly, and the lighting was strange, but that's it. Tacky walls and paintings were the low point, but who cares? I was too busy enjoying my beer and burger. Definitely check it out!!
great burger – great place to get a burger, not cheap, but its worth it if u want a good burger, and they did it right, when u tell most places medium/rare it comes well, they really did it medium rare, would def recommend this place.
mmmmmmmmm – This is my favorite place to get a burger in NY. It's cooked just right, the cheese is great and so are the pickles. They also serve some of my favorite wines. It's also the most expensive meal of burgers and fries I've had in a while, but worth it.
Best New Jazz Lounge in Town – I went with a date to the new jazz lounge that Rare has an added to thier already booming business. The "Lexington Lounge" is right off the main lobby, in front of the bathrooms, and the soothing yet exciting live jazz music just lures you right in. The room is sooo... intimate & comfortable. As soon as you get seated, either to a table or couches, you are served with a complimentray plate of hummis & nacho chips. The drinks are just as tasty as the ones in the bar .
Best Burger in town – Rare is a rare find: it's one of a select few of restaurants where almost everything on the menu tastes good. You can't go wrong with the kobe beef or Murray's cheese burger. The meat is always fresh and cooked to perfection. Rare does a great job at turning a staple american food, the burger, into a gourmet meal. But don't just go for the beef, the Ahi tuna burger is a great pick for any one, not just fish lovers and the ground turkey or ground chicken burger does not dissapoint the health-conscious. Don't forget to try a basket of fries or the mini-burgers... you won't be able to resist the sweet potatoe fries or mini lamb burger. With a unique decorum of trendy paintings this little dining room in the West village is the burger equivalent to the steak favorite Ruth Chris.
Good but overall disappointing – I went here this past weekend for lunch with friends. While we enjoyed the appetizers (kobe beef quesadillas and a mix of fries) the burgers themselves were not nearly as good. Several friends said it was the best burger they'd ever had so we were all very eager to try but were all disappointed. I ordered my burger medium-rare but ended up receiving a burger barely cooked at all. My friend ordered hers medium-well and it looked identical to mine. We wouldn't have had a problem with this if the burger had actually been tasty but even with the foie-gras, cheddar cheese, apple smoked bacon, leaks, etc. the burger was still pretty dull.
Overall, for a place that is known solely for their burgers, it was a complete disappointment.
A casual spin-off of the meat-happy Lexington Avenue restaurant serves superior burgers in the Village. – The Scene
This single-room, mustard-colored joint plays host to pick-up customers nursing their beers at the bar, as well as a diverse group of old and young chowing down at wooden tables. A chandelier of cattle branding irons hangs overhead, ready to stamp out "Rare" on unsuspecting rumps.
The menu lists items other than burgers (salads, quesadillas, ahi tuna and lump crab "burgers"), but they are all distractions. The Rare burger is best unadulterated, either as the classic eight-ounce, or dwarfed as a trio of mini burgers. Both versions are softball-shaped, and their charred outside keeps the juices neatly contained with help from an ample toasted bun. Skip the shoestring and sweet potato fries for the perfectly crisped waffled ones that arrive piping hot and salty and match well with the chili ketchup. A special burger curated by Murray's Cheese assures quality queso, but if topped with distracting salad or slaw, the results are mixed.
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