Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I came here for a dinner date last Friday when New York had that one gorgeous day of 70-degree weather. The front windows of the restaurant were open, and people were sitting on the chairs outside. It felt like summer.
We started off our evening with drinks - and I tried the ginger-infused bourbon off of The Lovin' Cup's list of house infused spirits. Delicious! When the time came for food, I ordered the house-made veggie patty - which comes with sharp New York Cheddar by default, but I asked for mine without, and opted for hummus (an extra $1.50) instead. Given the choice of fries or tater tots as my side, I chose the fries... tater tots give me bad flashbacks to elementary school. And I still don't find them particularly tasty, so I don't understand why they are recently a popular trend outside of school cafeterias.
The burger came with hummus, as requested, and fresh leafy greens. The waitress told me the patty was not vegan (it contains eggs), and the bun tasted so buttery that I'm pretty sure there was some dairy in that as well. But it was a really delicious bun - light and soft and sweet. The perfect size to fit with the patty, too.
And the patty itself was spectacular. I tried to figure out what its ingredients were, as I always do... Definitely a lot of spinach. Also corn, peppers, broccoli, and most likely a few other things I couldn't see by candle-light. Fried to a crisp on the outside, but so soft on the inside that it did ooze out and fall apart a bit... much more vegetable-based than protein-based. It tasted amazing, so rich and savory!
I debated for awhile whether it was a 4-star or 5-star burger. It came really close to 5-star level, because it was really just perfectly done. But it wasn't quite orgasmic-mind-blowing level, so I'm going to say it ranks in the top of the 4-star category, but 5 stars are still reserved for burgers that really shock me with how good they are. If I had half-star ratings on this blog, this would be a 4-and-a-half.
The Lovin' Cup's menu says the veggie burgers are also available as sliders, which I would love to come back and try sometime.
Cost: $11 + $1.50 for hummus topping
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Burger patty: 4 Bun: 5 Toppings: 4
The Lovin' Cup
93 North 6th Street
between Wythe Ave & Berry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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