Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bubby's Pie Company [delivery]

Now, I realize there are many foods which do not taste as good after they’ve been packaged in foil and styrofoam and transported across manhattan by bicycle. This is partly why I generally prefer to cook my own meals rather than order delivery. So in Bubby’s defense, I don’t know what this burger tastes like if ordered in the restaurant itself. Maybe it is significantly better. I will probably never find out though...

I picked Bubby’s Pie Company to order lunch from because their menu described a “housemade veggie burger served on a whole wheat bun”, which sounds appealing, right? Guacamole was listed as a possible topping so I ordered that too, just to make it even tastier.

this is how the burger arrived… isn’t that just the most depressing lettuce-tomato-onion-and-maybe-a-pickle topping you’ve ever seen?

unwrapping the foil revealed this burger, which actually looked and smelled quite promising.

I stacked it all together and smothered it in guacamole

The flavor was just “okay”. Not as good as I would expect from a “housemade” patty. The problem was that the outside was so fried and greasy that it felt like biting into hash browns...
I think there was even some potato in the patty itself, as well as lentils and barley, and I caught a few glimpses of tiny shreds of carrot and some peas. It was slightly spicy and the texture was pretty decent, but the whole thing was just so greasy that it was hard to enjoy even those positive aspects.


The bun was on the verge of going stale but at least it was whole wheat, as advertised. If I hadn’t ordered the guacamole to put on top of it the whole thing would have been even more unappetizing. Guacamole makes most things better. Although I wondered if they really meant for it to be a topping (it was listed as one on the menu, I swear!) since they sent a tub full of it as if it were an appetizer meant to be served with chips.

It also came with fries, which were cold and soggy like delivery fries always are. At least the burger itself was still lukewarm when it arrived. There was a strange pink sauce that arrived in a little plastic tub, which I dipped a few fries in and found rather unappealing. I couldn’t eat the whole burger though. I managed about half before the greasiness got the best of me and I gave up. And I felt like I needed to wash my face off afterwards.

Not the worst veggie burger I’ve ever eaten in my whole life, but certainly a disappointment... and NOT worth the price! If I had not ordered the guacamole as a topping, I would probably have demoted this to a 1-star burger. I suppose if you like really greasy fried things you might enjoy it? Especially if you’re the kind of person who just throws away the lettuce instead of putting it on your burger, too.

Cost: $15 (the guacamole was extra, $3 I think)
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Burger patty: 1    Bun: 2      Toppings: 3

Bubby’s Pie Company
120 Hudson Street
between Franklin & Moore Street
New York, NY 10013

YumVeggieBurger review #12


  1. This sounds like it'd be great drunk food. I LOVE greasy hash browns when I've had a few too many drinks. But when sober, I feel kinda nasty eating them. They taste great, but afterward, you feel bloated and guilty. I know this is strange, but I actually love cold French fries. :-)

  2. haha, it's true - I would probably have a MUCH different rating scale if I ate all of these burgers while drunk!

  3. Very helpful! Thanks for the great review!