Five Guys taking on Burger Joint & Corner Bistro? Let the Burger Wars Begin!

Date February 13, 2008

Five Guys Burgers & Fries opened their 2nd Manhattan Branch on Bleecker St. and 7th Avenue South. Below is my report from back in November…

Word on the street is Five Guys will be opening another location on the corner of 7th Avenue and Bleecker Street diagonal from Caliente Cab. They are reportedly in possession of the entire building and may open a bar serving, but not affiliated with, Five Guys grub. If they’re serving until 3 or 4 am, they’ll be in direct competition with Corner Bistro in the West Village in addition to already competing with The Burger Joint in midtown. Let the Burger Wars Begin!


296 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 367-9200

Click here for my reviews of Five Guys Burgers

22 Responses to “Five Guys taking on Burger Joint & Corner Bistro? Let the Burger Wars Begin!”

  1. Five Guys Hater said:

    the fact that five guys ONLY cooks its burgers well-done is an absolute farce, not to mention a complete travesty for anyone who knows anything about meat.

    if you’re really going to compare ANY well-done burger to an awesome, juicy, bloody burger, your taste buds must be completely destroyed.

    i’d rather eat my old sneaker than a well-done burger, and can safely say i’ll never eat a five guys burger

  2. The NYC Food Guy said:

    Mr or Mrs Hater…

    I have a feeling you’ve had a Fast Food Burger in your life, especially if you took the time to come on this site and bash Five Guys. So if my first assumption is correct, and you have in fact eaten a McDonalds Burger or a Burger King burger, then you are just a hypocrite and an idiot because you’ve not only eaten well done burgers before, youve eaten low quality disgusting well done burgers and you enjoyed them.

    To say you’d rather eat an old sneaker than a well done burger means we better never see you eating fast food burgers again. Five Guys not only craps on every fast food burger its actually made with high quality ingredients and it tastes delicious and you get a meal for the same price as a value meal at McDonalds.

    I appreciate the comments on this site but never have I read anything so blatanly off-base and ridiculous.

    You can’t say another word until you eat a Five Guys Burger.

    Good Day
    NYC Food Guy

  3. food for thought said:

    well done…burnt and crispy….the way to go….
    except for burnt toast….

  4. Dan said:

    five guys burgers are probably in my top five of all time burgers even with them being cooked well done when i myself am a medium rare kinda guy. five guy hater sounds like a loser, he’s missing out on a delicious burger.

  5. GarlicandGaelic said:

    Food guy:

    I have had both five guys and Burger Joint burgers and I think Burger Joint burgers are better. A hamburger, since its inception, was meant to be eaten medium or medium rare. It tastes differently than a well done burger.

    With that said, it may not be fair to compare a med. rare burger joint burger with a well done five guys burger, but burger join burger was certainly more juicy. Their fries are great too and their milkshakes are underrated. While I admit, the place has become a bit of a tourist trap, they continue to produce excellent hamburgers.

  6. The NYC Food Guy said:

    Garlic and Gaelic,

    I couldn’t agree more. Burger Joint is the pinnacle of Burgers in Manhattan. It’s hands down my top spot. You said it best when you said a burger’s meant to be eaten medium or medium rare. I second that motion and add that a burger is also meant to be cooked over fire, another thing Burger Joint does that Five Guys does not.

    The tourist trap part doesn’t phase me, it’s survival of the fittest at Burger Joint. The milkshakes are solid but after two burgers and an order of fries, milkshake is a death wish for food coma. I’d sooner go with a Sam Adams.

    Thanks for the comment maybe I’ll see you at the Joint.

  7. The NYC Food Guy said:


    I second the motion. Five Guys Hater can’t talk till he’s tried it.

    Thanks for the comment.

  8. The NYC Food Guy said:

    Food For Thought-

    You’re crazy. I like Five Guys because you can add as much bacon and cheese and other toppings as you want for minimal cost. Anywhere else, however, I’m not going well done.

    I second the motion on burnt toast however, we’ve all left bread in there for too long and discovered some charred remains. Always disappointing.

    Thanks for the comment.

  9. So Good Blog/News Round-Up 2/19/08 | So Good said:

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  10. liz said:

    which burger joint is that burger from? (the one in the picture). it looks delicious!!

  11. The NYC Food Guy said:


    That’s a regular burger (2 patties, a little comes with just 1) from Five Guys.

    The picture is from A Hamburger’s Adam Kuban.

    As you can see above, there’s some controversy about Five Guys only cooking their burgers well done. My favorite burger in NYC which is as affordable as Five Guys but cooked to order is at the Burger Joint in Le Parker Meridien Hotel.

    Thanks for the question Liz, feel free to ask more.

  12. Howfresh said:

    Food guy, I tried 5 Guys about a month and a half ago. While it soars above most chains, I, like others, need the blood dripping down the arm on some medium rareness. I got cheese and mushrooms on mine and it was good, not great. Personally, I prefer Good Burger on 43rd and 2nd. I haven’t had a Corner Bistro burger in years, but recall an on point burger.

    Not sure if you’re up on Piper’s Kilt on 231st in the Bronx off the 1 train, but I highly recommend a trip up north and then a review.

    Keep doing your thing.


  13. The NYC Food Guy said:


    Represent for Piper’s Kilt man. Ive heard all about it and definitely plan on making a trip one of these days. I feel your pain on the Five Guys but I still give it love and respect.

    Thanks for the feedback.

  14. Troy Boy said:

    If you eat any kind of ground meat at anything other than well done, you’re and idiot just begging to get sick!

  15. DWeez said:

    Depends on the freshness of the meat. I would order a burger at a diner medium.

  16. Ridiculous said:

    Well sir, It looks as if you took a big ass bite out of the burger so it must have been good…SO HOW bout u shut up dissing FIVE GUYS…what did they do to you???

  17. Phil said:

    Ridiculous – I’m afraid to admit you won’t be getting a response any time soon. It’s as if this site is dead. RIP NYCFOODGUY.COM

  18. Phyllis said:

    Hey Phil! i still haven’t heard from you — perhaps you didn’t see my last comment? my email is [email protected] — lets meet up for a quick bite sometime!

    and Ridiculous — who is dissing five guys? it appears as if the person who used to write this website lauds five guys and has not said anything bad about this establishment…

  19. Phil said:

    @Phyllis hmmm that’s strange I sent you an e-mail suggesting we meet up last night! Was a bit worried you were ignoring me 🙁 Anyways, I will drop you a mail with my #, you should give me a call. Bye!

  20. Rob said:

    I LOVE ME MY 5 GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES…There popping up all over Florida now too… can’t beat it..

  21. Hitler said:

    I love burgers mmmm “Isnt it ironic how Mcdonalds doors are always wide”.

  22. Thomas butcher said:

    Mmmm burgers…

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