Aug 20

Santina

Why Come Here? Summery food & vibes, good eats in Meatpacking

Unlike the more dapper Major Food Group restaurants like Carbone and Dirty French, Santina just feels like a party. The room is filled with colorful flamingo chandeliers, giant flowers and plants all illuminated by massive floor-to-ceiling windows that make it feel like a trippy garden. And everyone looks to be having a good time, from the fruity cocktail pouring bartenders to the cabin boy dressed waitstaff. You can’t help but do the same.

Currently Santina is one of the hottest restaurant in NYC and this summery good times vibe is no doubt a big part of it. Another part is the fairly light “Coastal Italian” menu that pairs well with the weather, even if most dishes are very good without being spectacular. On top is their specialty “Cecina” section, which is a fun-to-make-if-not-particularly-exciting-tasting chickpea crepe offering a number of different topping options. The rest of menu offers a crowd pleasing variety of veggie dishes, pastas and entrees heavy on proteins of the sea. Somewhat frustratingly none of them have descriptions so be prepared for a long interaction with your waiter unless you want to chance it. Fortunately ours was friendly and clearly well-versed in reciting all the preparations. Here’s what we tried:

Santina, Major Food Group, Meatpacking, NYCCalabrian Tuna Cecina (1.5/4 stars) This sort of reminded me of a dosa, but without the delicious flavoring of Indian spices. They do give you a duo of sauces to counteract that, but this is more about the fun of creating your own little crepe than being a really great dish. Or maybe I just made mine wrong.

 

Santina, Major Food Group, Meatpacking, NYCSquash Carpaccio (3/4 stars) The most talked about dish on the menu because it’s without a doubt the best. Thinly sliced squash is covered in peppers, spices and oils and topped with creme fraiche. Its lightness makes it ideal for summer, but I’d be quite pleased eating it year-round.

 

Santina, Major Food Group, Meatpacking, NYC, pasta, pestoRigatoni Verdi (1.5/4 stars) Another dish made for the season, it’s a green pasta covered in ricotta. Light and well prepared but sort of lacking any memorable punch.

 

Santina, Major Food Group, Meatpacking, NYCSwordish Dogana 2.5/4 stars Swordfish can be real hit-or-miss fish but this was one the best I’ve had. The dogana is a Mediterranean styling with fava beans, olives in a pool of olive oil. As far as simply prepared fish goes, this one nails it.

Santina
820 Washington Street (Gansevoort & Little W 12th Sts)
New York, NY
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Aug 04

4011 Deli Grocery

Why Come Here? Secret taqueria serving the best goat taco in NYC

4011 deli groceryIn the age of Yelp, Instagram and ten thousand food blogs per city, it’s pretty damn near impossible to keep a food secret these days. Yet somehow this little spot in Sunset Park has managed to serve the best barbacoa taco I’ve ever had without an ounce of social media coverage. So what’s their secret?

Step One: Don’t have a name. Yes, it seems to sort of goes by 4011 Deli Grocery as I noted above. But that’s just the address followed by a description of what it is. It’s like naming a chair Left Side Living Room Chair. That’s not a name, that’s just how you describe it because you don’t want to give it a name.

Step Two: Don’t appear to be a restaurant. Look like all the other Mexican groceries in the area. Hide the restaurant behind an unmarked door all the way in the back. Make sure the first thing the patron sees in said room is boxes so they are 85% sure they have wandered into the storage room. Yes, only once you look around do you notice a few tables and decorations which bring you to the realization this is in fact the restaurant.

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“Secret” Dining Room

Step Three (and perhaps most important): Don’t be on Instagram. And I don’t mean don’t post photos on Instagram. Or even don’t have an account. This place literally does not exist as a location on Instagram and you cannot add it. As far as the world of social media is concerned, no one has ever been here. In fact I’m starting to wonder whether I was actually there.

Whether the secrecy is intentional or not, it adds to the allure of what might be New York’s greatest neighborhood taqueria. The staff is very friendly and everyone else eating there seemed to be a local. They do advertise Barbacoa (goat) on the window so we decided to get an order. Because this was a stop on a crawl, I didn’t get to try anything else but they have the typical offerings as well as an assortment of fresh fruit juices.

4011 Deli Grocery, Goat Taco Sunset Park BrooklynBarbacoa Taco 2.5/4 stars This was the best goat I’ve ever had. It was moist, juicy and only a little gamey. The tortillas were fresh and the generous heaping of cilantro and onion give me confidence other tacos here would also be quite good. But get the goat, even if it’s not usually your thing. It was a real game changer for me.

4011 Deli Grocery Inc.
4011 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

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Jul 30

10Below Ice Cream

Why Come Here? Made-to-order ice cream that’s some of the best you’ll ever eat

10Below Ice CreamI’m not a big sweets guy. In fact, this is my first post about a place focusing on sugary treats. And if I were to choose one, ice cream wouldn’t even be that high on my list (mmm pie…) So why the decision to write about new ice cream-only shop 10Below?

First, the concept is really cool. They begin by placing the ingredients on a thermal plate that’s below -10 degrees Fahrenheit. The liquid cream is then poured on and it’s all vigorously chopped while freezing right in front of you. The whole thing takes about three minutes and given all the pounding and scraping I imagine the staff will have some pretty impressive triceps by the time Fall rolls around. Check out my video below to see the whole thing go down.

The result is rolled up into what’s basically the freshest ice cream possible and placed in a cup to your enjoyment. Naturally, there’s no need for preservatives or artificial flavoring. The only downside to the process is with three stations taking about three minutes each the waits get pretty long. Bring a friend or good book and allow 45 minutes to an hour.

The second reason to come is the ice cream is just really good. 10Below offers seven flavor combinations with names like Strawberry Shawty (strawberries, graham crackers), Mo Money Mo Mangoes (mango, strawberry, coconut) and S’More Galore (Chocolate, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow). Prices aren’t cheap at six bucks a cup but considering the manual labor you witness after ordering, you’re in no position to complain. Plus it includes all the toppings you want. I went with the Honey Boo Boo (blueberries, raspberries, honey)

10Below, best ice cream, chinatown, nycHoney Boo Boo (3/4 stars) Like I said, I’m not normally a big ice cream guy. But I couldn’t help but devour this thing. Somehow the rolls of ice cream make it even more fun to eat than the normal stuff. And it had a great fresh fruit taste, probably from the fresh fruit they just chopped inside of it. I topped mine off with extra berries, honey and condensed milk. I wouldn’t advise doing it any differently.

10Below Ice Cream
10 Mott Street (Bowery & Pell Sts.)
New York, NY
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Jul 28

Market Table

Why Come Here? Interesting, casual New American with friends, parents or a date; cool but not overly so vibe

In today’s dining scene where every new restaurant is required to serve at least some seasonal and local ingredients, you could pretty much call any one of them a “market table.” But when Market Table opened in 2007 this sort of practice was something of a novelty. Maybe that’s why it seems to be somewhat forgotten by the food community these days. But Market Table deserves to be remembered. The ever changing seasonal menu has allowed Market Table to “keep it fresh” both literally & figuratively. Maybe it’s not quite as cool as it once was, but sometimes you need something a little more chill especially in the West Village. It remains a great spot for that comfortable meal with friends or a date when you want something suitable to all pallets with a few surprises.

Market Table is from the same owners as The Little Owl and basically looks like a slightly bigger version with an open kitchen. It’s got a great corner space in the West Village at Carmine and Bedford. The interior is cozy and rustic. And when we said we wanted to split everything, they even did it in the kitchen and served it on separate plates. Did you know places still do that?

The menu is loaded with vegetable options but will keep those looking for meat or seafood happy as well. The current summer edition is light and perfect for beating this heat. Here’s what we had:

Market Table, West VillageQuinoa Hush Puppies (special) 2.5/4 stars If you’ve spent time in the south, you’ve probably engorged in the sweet, fried deliciousness that are cornmeal based hush pupies. Here’s your hipster version made with quinoa and a chiptole mayo. They were gobbled up without haste.

 

Market Table, West VillageHeirloom Tomatoes 2.5/4 stars Tomato season is upon us and you are required to take advantage. These are pretty simply prepared in a light avocado crema with some basil. Which is all they need.

 

Market Table, West VillageBrooklyn Burata (2/4 stars) Creamy burrata is always a winner, but what really got me on this one was the strawberries. Sweet, delicious and exactly what you need on a summer’s day.

 

Sea ScallopsSea Scallops (2/4 stars) Scallops are one of those high-floor, low-ceiling foods as long so they’re fresh and cooked well. These are and the corn riostto and refreshing cucumber salsa make a pleasant addition. You won’t go wrong with this one.

 

Market Table, West VillagePancetta Wrapped Pork Tender 2.5/4 stars If you’re given the option to double-down on pork, you take it. The crispy pancetta wrapper plays the perfect companion to the tender meat inside. The tangy pea greens and fennel salad keep it light and fresh.

Right Amount for 2? 1-2 apps & 2 entrees

Market Table
54 Carmine Street (@ Bedford St.)
New York, NY
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Jul 22

Curry Hill Crawl

Curry Hill Crawl I was recently invited to attend the First Annual Curry Hill Crawl hosted by the Indian Fine Dining Group. After my trip to India earlier this year, I was very excited to try some authentic eats back home. I was not disappointed.

For those unfamiliar, “Curry Hill” is the southern stretch of Murray Hill where the smell of frat basement is replaced by the much more pleasing aromoa of Indian spices. And here it’s easy to remind yourself that cuisine of the subcontinent is about a lot more than just curries (we had one in about 20 dishes). This year’s crawl stopped at three restaurants all on Lex between 27th & 28th Sts. that featured Bengali, Kebab and Southern spots. Hitting all three in a row gives you some idea of the variety of Indian cooking out there. I highly recommend checking it out next year. Below are my thoughts on each place:

Haldi (102 Lexington Avenue)  Click to add a blog post for Haldi on Zomato

Haldi offers dishes from the Bengali region of Indian with an emphasis on those from Calcutta’s Indian-Jewish community (who knew that was a thing?) As a result, some of the dishes actually seem more American than Indian. The place has a casual feel with with big windows lighting up the tables in front and mirrors, green chandeliers and serving bowls on the ceiling in back. My favorites:

Haldi, Bengali, East VillageCheese Samosa 2.5/4 stars As soon as I saw this, I wondered why more samosas are not filled with cheese. Biting into it only reinforced that feeling. Its sort of a cheddary cheese with spices and peppers inside.

 

Haldi, Bengali, Curry HillBeet N Potato Cutlet (2/4 stars) More like a little Indian spiced croquette than a cutlet. The sweetening addition of beets is a nice touch and something I had never seen in Indian cuisine.

 

cauliflower, Indian, curry hill, bengaliGobi Lasoni (2/4 stars) One thing I learned while in India is a lot of dishes have Chinese influences. The best way to think about this one is a sweet & sour cauliflower.

Paneer Kulcha (2/4 stars) It’s hard to imagine an Indian meal without some sort of bread. Stuffed with soft paneer cheese, this kulcha (sort of a thicker naan) is a strong choice.

 

Chote Nawab (115 Lexington Avenue) Click to add a blog post for Chote Nawab on Zomato

Think of Chote as your hipster Indian spot. They serve their drinks in mason glasses and the decor is kind of a mix of Bollywood art and modern elements. Unlike Haldi, they’ve decided to hang their serving bowls on the wall. Maybe it’s ironic? They offer more of the curries and tandoori dishes you typically expect but also an assortment of interesting street foods and kebabs. My favorites:

Chote Newab, Curry Hill, NYC, Indian EggplantBaingan Dahiwala (2/4 stars) An eggplant cooked in a sweet & tangy yogurt-tamarind sauce.

 

Chote Newab, Curry Hill, NYCAloo Panner Bharwan (2/4 stars) Potatoes stuffed with cheese. Some things just work in every culture.

Reshmi Kebab (2/4 stars) Indian don’t eat a lot of meat, but they definitely know how to cook chicken. Juicy, spiced and charred with veggies and a fresh squeeze of lime.

 

Dosai (104 Lexington Avenue) Click to add a blog post for Dosai on Zomato

In contrast to the typical color bombs you imagine decorating Indian restaurants, Dosai goes with a straightforward white & black interior. It’s so sleek you almost expect your curries to be deconstructed and curry’s to be some sort of foram. But the Southern Indian food here is as authentic as it comes and affordabley priced.

dosa, uttapam, dosai, curry hill, nycSouth Indian Thali (2/4 stars) We received this thali-style plate above that’s not on the menu, so I’ll break it down. In the middle is a dosa (thin rice and lentil pancake) which is one of my favorite Indian street foods and this rendition if just about perfect. It’s a rip-and-dip food where you take pieces and dip them into the surrounding chutneys. Clearly I couldn’t wait until after the photo to get my hands on it.

In back is an uttapam, is sort of a lentil omelet with a bunch of onions, peppers and other veggies mixed in. It’s a little heartier than a dosa and naturally it’s also meant to be dipped in chutney.

The onion bhaji at 1 o’clock is like an Indian spiced Bloomin’ Onion. It makes for a great snack or palate cleanser between bites.

 

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Jul 17

Fuku

Why Come Here? Awesome fried chicken sandwich

david chang, fried chicken, east villageDavid Chang can best be described as a wizard who spins Korean food into gold. His other restaurants – the Momofukus Noodle Bar, Ssam and Ko – are slammed every night. Milk Bar floods instagram with photos of corn flake covered cones and crack cookies. About a month ago he opened his first fast food venture – a fried chicken sandwich shop called Fuku. Naturally blogs have exploded and people have  lined up and down First Avenue to get their hands on it, even for weekday lunch in an area has approximately zero office jobs. So what are they so excited about?

Fuku is in the old Ko space and has seen little renovation from those days. Given Ko was a $200 tasting menu only restaurant, let’s just say Fuku doesn’t quite look like a quick service establishment. You enter and are greeted at what looks to be a maitre d’ station. It is in fact the counter where you place your order. Payment is by card only. Yup, nothing is what you expect. After ordering you receive a number and wait for your food to be delivered while staring at the open kitchen and listening to the solid classic rock playlist. If you don’t hear something from Zeppelin, ask for a discount.

The menu is very straight forward – chicken sandwich, fries and salad. The “Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich” comes with nothing but the chicken and some pickles. Those in the know however order the super-secret off menu “Koreano” which adds – get this – pickled cabbage! Yeah, the ladies next to me were pretty impressed. There’s also a momfuku sauce you’ll want to apply that’s sort of a blend of hoison, soy and sriracha.

Fuku is currently opened for lunch Thursday-Sunday and dinner Friday and Saturday. I’d love to see it open late night soon, though the lines might be even worse. They also unexpectedly offer wine, a beer (Tecate) and single pours of liquor. Because nothing says “I lunch in the East Village” like a fried chicken sandwich and shot of vodka.

david chang, fried chicken, east villageKoreano (3/4 stars) As I said before this is the Spicy Fried Chicken with pickled cabbage. But it’s delicious. “Spicy” might be a bit of an overstatement, but the perfectly crisped fry batter has some nice Korean spices going on. The massive hunk of meat is moist inside and partially contained by a soft semi-sweet bun. I’m not gonna say it’s necessarily worth an hour wait, but it is pretty incredibly good.

 

david chang, fried chicken, east villageFuku Salad 2.5/4 stars Remember nothing here is what you expect. This is essentially a bowl of farro and sesame seeds with some chunks of mandarin oranges and  pieces of mint and indistinguishable greenery. It’s quite refreshing and makes a perfect compliment to the sandwich. Plus you waited long enough to order two things.

Fuku
163 First Avenue (10th & 11th Sts.)
New York, NY
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Jul 12

Terre a Terre (Brighton, UK)

Why Come Here? World-class vegetarian cooking

Terre a Terre

Brighton from the Pier (Not Pictured: Terre a Terre)

For New Yorkers unfamiliar with Brighton, think of it as the Hamptons meets the Jersey Shore with a good helping of Brooklyn on top. There are fancy old Georgian homes, a tacky pier, clubs pumping electronic beats and vintage clothing shops all somehow effortlessly coexisting. And a rocky beach. Yeah, don’t come to England to go to the beach. But the thing I was naturally most excited about was the food. This is where the “Brooklyn” aspect shines through with lots of fantastic bakeries and vegetarian restaurants. Terre a Terre falls into the latter category and deserves Must Try Status for foodies, vegetarian or not.

Terre a Terre is situated in a sleek space on a pedestrianized street near the pier and with an awesome garden in back. They’ve been in business for twenty years and when you think of the garbage that served as most vegetarian food back then, you realize these guys were true pioneers. The menu has none of the “tofurkey” fake meat nonsense carnivores despise and I legitimately wanted an order of everything. Look at this menu and tell me you disagree. Fortunately they practically give you that option with their “terre a tapas plate” that’s such a steal for £12 per person you almost feel bad about dumping that tea in Boston Harbor. While it is fairly substantial, it needs to be supplemented with an order of their signature fries, mostly because you need to try them. More on that below. They also have a big selection of homemade jams, curries and vegan baked goods. If this place were in New York, you would easily be waiting at least two weeks for a table. Fortunately such waits do not exist in Brighton, so you have no excuse for not coming here if you’re in town.

Terre a Terre, Brighton, UK, best vegetarian restaurantThe Terre a Tapas Plate (3/4 stars) Described as a “selection of miniature dishes from around the menu” you don’t quite know what you’ll get. But as I said, it’s impossible to go wrong here. I honestly can’t remember a lot of what we got, but there’s definitely some fried haloumi, garlic potatos with harissa, hoison tofu, seasame churros and sweet corn arepas in there. Then there’s a little cheese fondue pot to dip it in all in the middle, as  God intended.

 

Best French Fries, Guacamole, Terre a Terre, Brighton, UKSmokey Scrunch Chips (3/4 stars) If you’re familiar with the Brits and their culinary terms, you know what they call “chips” are in fact fries. These guys are puffy and potatoey inside and a crisp exterior. They’re also dusted with a pleasing smokey spice and covered in an “avocado hash” that’s basically guacamole. Because everything is better covered in guacamole.

Terre a Terre
71 East Street
Brighton, UK
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Jul 09

Meadowsweet

Why Come Here? Excellent New American preparations, comfortable surroundings fit for family, friends and dates

If you look at Meadowsweet on paper, it sort of looks like a lot of other New American restaurants that have opened in the past five years. It’s got that minimalist trendy farmhouse look going on. The menu is small and ever-changing using a lot of seasonable ingredients. So what sets it apart? Comfort and really good cooking.

The tables at Meadowsweet are comfortable and well spaced out, something that honestly is hard to find in New York these days. It’s an enjoyable place to linger for a long meal without being outrageously expensive. They even offer a 5-course tasting menu Sunday-Thursday for the reasonable-by-NY-standards price of $65.

Starters were light, tasty and in unexpected preparations. The entrees were quite meat-forward, but both pieces we tried were great cuts perfectly cooked. I’d probably focus on the apps for a more unique experience, but that’s in no way a knock on the mains. Here’s what we tried:

Meadowsweet, Williamsburg, NYCSmoked Trout Crepe 2.5/4 stars I doubt anyone has ever ordered the smoked trout crepe and expected this to come out. But concealed under that frisee and apple salad is some seriously tasty smoked fish cut by the refreshing taste of golden beets.

 

meadowsweet, williamsburg, NYCCrispy Baby Artichokes (3/4 stars) Another appetizer unexpectedly hidden beneath a pile of greenery. The artichokes below are fried and covered in a creamy garlic dressing. I can’t say I’ve had a better artichoke.

 

MeadowsweetBerkshire Pork Chop & Belly 2.5/4 stars These were both cooked to perfection. I can’t remember what the sauce on bottom was, probably because I was so focused on how good the meat was. They just prepare everything extremely well here.

 

meadowsweetColorado Lamb 2.5/4 stars I was only able to snag a bite of this one, but the lamb was juicy and had some really nice char going on. The harissa sauce was an interesting compliment.

Right Amount for 2? 2 app, 2 entrees

Meadowsweet
149 Broadway (Driggs & Bedford Aves)
Brooklyn, NY
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Jul 01

La Sirene

Note: I was invited as a guest of the establishment and received a complimentary meal. This was not in exchange for a positive review and opinions expressed are my own.

Why Come Here? Excellent renditions of French classics, intimate and affordable SoHo bistro

French cooking, once viewed as the pinnacle of high-end cuisine, has fallen somewhat out of favor in New York. Whether it’s trendiness or a desire to eat lighter, when is the last time your friend told you she wanted to go to a French bistro? And to be fair, many places in New York aren’t doing a great job with it. Because of this I think many of us have forgotten why the French are considered Kings of cuisine. Do yourself a favor and visit La Sirene for a reminder.

La Sirene is the flagship of Didier Pawlicki, who also owns next door fondue spot Taureau and healthified French eatery Le Village. Didier – who hails from the South of France and owned a restaurant in Paris for 13 years before coming to New York – somehow manages to serve as owner, executive chef and pastry chef at all three. I doubt he has a moment to think about anything other than serving you incredible French cuisine. But the effort definitely pays off.

La Sirene has the intimate feel of a traditional bistro with wooden tables, wrought iron panels and framed French artwork. The dishes are of the classic French decadence. Items like escargot, coq au vin and cassoulet often have corners cut in NYC or are only available certain nights of the week due to their complexity. But at La Sirene the hard work and traditional methods are used and it’s apparent as soon as they hit your mouth. Another nice touch are the vegetable sides. All entrees come with a rotating selection of 4 different veggies, which allows you focus on ordering the richest, meatiest things you can.

After years of being BYOB, La Sirene recently got its liquor license and now offers a full bar. The wine list is small and mostly French with many affordable bottles, but you can also still bring your own for a reasonable $10 corkage fee. French food is required to be paired with wine after all.

Le Sirene, French, SoHoEscargot (3/4 stars) These little guys are often so drowned in butter, garlic and breadcrumbs you’re not sure what you just ate. While the garlic is certainly potent here, it enhances without overpowering. It’s also great for dipping your bread in afterwards.

 

Le Sirene, French Bistro, SoHo, NYCCreole Mussels 2.5/4 stars The creole mussels come in a tomato herb cream sauce that’s actually lighter than it sounds and is another one you want to soak up with bread once the shellfish are gone. The generous hunks of spicy chorizo certainly don’t hurt either.

 

Le Sirene, French Bistro, SoHo, NYCCassoulet (3/4 stars) The list of ingredients in this dish is practically a who’s who of deliciousness: Cannellini Beans, Carrots, Tomato, Garlic Duck Confit, Slab Bacon and Pork Sausage all Braised with Noble Duck fat, White Stock and Foie Gras Jus. Sadly I only got to try a few bites of someone else’s.

 

Le Sirene, French Bistro, SoHo, NYCFilet Mignon Foie Gras (3/4 stars) Another dish of nearly outlandish decadence – a filet topped with foie gras topped with black truffles in a port and red wine truffles sauce. The filet was melts in your mouth and the foie makes the perfect creamy compliment. I’m pretty sure King Louis eating this every day was the cause of the French Revolution.

 

Le Sirene, French Bistro, SoHoProfiteroles (3/4 stars) Think of this as the French ice cream sandwich. It’s topped with melted dark chocolate and homemade whipped cream. Yes, it’s as good as it looks. (And yes Johnny Prime, I did steal this photo from you.)

 

Le Sirene, French Bistro, Le VillageChocolate Lave Cake 2.5/4 stars Chocolate-heavy desserts aren’t normally my thing so I just tried a bite of another diner’s. I have to say this is some seriously good chocolate.

Right Amount for 2? An appetizer, 2 entrees, 1 dessert

La Sirene
558 Broome Street (Varick & 6th Ave)
New York, NY
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Jun 29

Superiority Burger

Why Come Here? To get a damn good veggie burger

Superiority BurgerLate last week, Superiority Burger opened to much hoopla and hype. What’s with all the excitement? The reason is owner Brooks Headley, formerly of Del Posto, whose veggie burgers have appeared at numerous pop-ups over the past couple years and become the stuff of legend. Finally we are graced with a permanent location. Come to think of it, veggie burgers may have been the last remaining food item not to have a dedicated restaurant in New York. Or maybe even just the East Village. So there’s that too.

Superiority burger is little more than a place to purchase the burger and handful of other menu items (including a veggie sloppy joe). The space is tiny and uncomfortably crowded at about 15 people. There are less than 10 seats, each with a pull out tray table like you’re sitting in the front row on an airplane (because there’s no chance of getting actual tables in here). So expect to be doing most of your waiting and eating outside. Fortunately Tompkins Square Park is just down the street.

So what is this mythical burger like? I’ll start with what it’s not. Nothing made of a mash of grains and vegetables is ever going to compare to a juicy medium rare beef burger. So if that’s what you’re into then just move along. But compare it to other veggie burgers or even a well-done fast food style burger, and things get interesting.

Superiority BurgerSuperiority Burger 2.5/4 stars One of the things that stood out on this versus other veggie burgers is it really resembles a beef burger in many ways. The patty looks like meat. It’s got a nice charred exterior similar to meat. It doesn’t fall apart like many veggie patties. It of course doesn’t taste exactly like meat, but that’s why I compare it more to the less flavorful well-done burger. In terms of actual taste, the mustardy special sauce adds a pleasing zing that’s cooled by ample use of pickles and slow cooked tomato. And it comes encased in a soft potato bun similar to what you get at Shake Shack. Overall it’s a very enjoyable burger, with a fraction of the guilt of a traditional one.

 

superiority burgerCharred Broccoli Salad (2/4 stars) It’s worth noting the burger is kinda of small, so you’ll want something else to make your visit into a meal. The charred broccoli is the only permanent side on the menu as of now and comes with bird’s eye chiles, cilantro, peanuts in a mushroomy paste. It’s pretty unique and tasty and much easier on the waistline than an order of fries.

Superiority Burger
430 East 9th Street (1st Ave & Ave A)
New York, NY

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