Petey's Burger



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Petey's Burger
Petey's Burger

Photograph: Roxana Marroquin

When even a traditionalist burger-war contender like Black Iron Burger Shop sells its "Iron Horse" special for $10 a pop (not including sides), something crucial has been lost. Burgers are supposed to be cheap, people. Enter Astoria's Petey's Burger (30-17 30th Ave at 31st St, Astoria, Queens; 718-267-6300;, easily NYC's best burger value. Stepping into the gleaming space shortly after its November opening, I immediately recognized the bright-red interior; someone has been studying In-N-Out carefully. But the serious pleasures were yet to come. Beautifully gooey double cheeseburgers beguiled me on multiple visits. Crisp fries were perfectly salted with a scary consistency. Counter girl Brandi—yes, we're on a first-name basis—smiled when I ordered a strawberry-and-chocolate milk shake (an In-N-Out favorite), not on the menu, happily accommodating me. The damage for all that nostalgia-inducing goodness: $10.07. It's been more than a dozen trips now, dragging friends and skeptics. None are displeased. Why make a trip to an outer borough (even if Petey's is conveniently located directly below the 30th Street elevated track)? After serious thought, I realized an essential truth. When I fantasize about burgers, it's about something much simpler than fat-to-lean percentages or brioche buns. I know too much about Ronald McDonald's evil ways not to hate that clown. But he planted a seed that still grows.—Joshua Rothkopf

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