Monday, November 8, 2010

Peculier Pub

I met some friends here for drinks Friday evening to celebrate Derek’s emancipation from his terrible office job.

pretty cool bottlecap-art that decorates the whole pub

Rather hungry after spending the afternoon at PS1, I looked through the menu to see what vegetarian fare they might offer – and of course when I saw “veggie burger” I had to look no further!


The patty was definitely a pre-made one that probably arrives frozen in a box. But it was surprisingly decent for such: the main ingredient was rice, which seemed unusual to me, but it worked quite well for texture, and tasted good mixed with the ground-up vegetables it was smashed together with. I think I identified little bits of mushrooms, carrots, and a few other ingredients. And it was nice and crispy on the outside, which always makes me happy.

Our waitress told me that it contained eggs but no dairy – she was very helpful about it, actually offering to go back to the kitchen and read the ingredient list on the package that the burgers came in.


The bun and toppings were rather lacking though: one slice of tomato, a very unappealing leaf of iceburg lettuce, and two tiny pickles. The bun was positively covered in sesame seeds, but was just one of those generic bland-tasting buns.


And it came with fries, which were just mediocre fries – nothing special. Overall, pretty standard pub fare… enough to satisfy your stomach so you can keep drinking, but nothing that would make you come back to eat it while sober.

Note: Be forewarned that this place is cash-only, you have to pay the minute you receive your food or drink (you can’t start a tab or pay at the end of your meal), and for some reason they include 15% gratuity automatically in the bill no matter the size of your party or the amount of food/drink that you order - but this is printed in rather small lettering at the bottom of the menu so could easily be missed… I’m not sure if they count on making extra money in tips from people who don’t read it and automatically leave a normal tip for the waitress, but it’s a very strange system.

Cost: $7.00
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Burger patty: 3      Bun: 2      Toppings: 1

Peculier Pub
145 Bleecker Street
btwn Thompson St & Laguardia Pl
New York, NY 10012

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