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I’d Like a Burger With My Historical-Bar Brew

This burger is from Tavern on Jane, not Corner Bistro or the White Horse. Just read the post.Photo: Melissa Hom

Dear Grub Street,
Here’s one I’ve puzzled over. Who has the better burger: Corner Bistro or White Horse Tavern?
T. K.

T.K.,
The Corner Bistro has enjoyed a long ride as one of New York’s top-rated burgers, but it’s been coasting on its rep for years now. You’ll notice that out of twelve suggestions for burger honors in this year’s Best of New York, the Bistro didn’t come up once. Their version is often partially pre-cooked, left sitting, and warmed once ordered. The burger comes quickly when the kitchen’s busy, but it's gristly. We believe you should cross the street and try the uncelebrated Tavern on Jane, where you can get a fresh, gorgeously browned sirloin burger (we take it festooned with sautéed mushrooms). The White Horse, meanwhile, serves a solid enough bar patty, so if you’re stuck on these two places, it’s the only one to visit.

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