Monday, January 27, 2014

The Green Bean Cafe


It’s not too often that I find myself in New York’s Upper East Side neighborhood, so when I do, I make an effort to find a new veggie burger to try while I am here. The Green Bean Café sounded like a great spot with an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu, so I stopped here for lunch.


After ordering the vegan “chedder burger”, I was surprised when my meal arrived looking like this:


I guess “7 grain bread” meant sliced bread, not the bun I always imagine when I hear the word “burger”. That isn’t just me, right? When you hear “burger” you picture a patty on a bun too, don’t you?

Now, this was quite tasty bread, I must say – just not what I was expecting.


The burger patty seemed to be of the pre-made variety, some kind of soy and vegetable mash blend. Not faux meat, but not particularly exciting either.

The toppings – sautéed onions, mushrooms, tomato, lettuce, vegan mayo, and mustard – were all good. Except the mushrooms, since I am a mushroom-hater, so I picked them off. And there was tons of melted cheddar daiya cheese. Tons!

It was really more like a vegan grilled cheese sandwich with a veggie patty thrown in. Which is actually not a bad idea, and could be really satisfying on a cold, rainy day. But if you were looking for a traditional burger, you would probably feel a bit disappointed to receive this instead.


Cost: $7.50
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Burger patty: 2       Bun: 2      Toppings: 3

The Green Bean Café
1413 York Avenue
between 75th & 76th St
New York, NY 10021

YumVeggieBurger review #119


  1. Can we also acknowledge those awful tortilla chips? No.

    1. haha I know, right? Why do restaurants ever think anyone would want plain tortilla chips as a side? Give me a little cup of salsa with them and maybe, or throw some dorito flavoring on them and I'd be good - but plain corn chips? why??

  2. That looks like my kind of burger actually....more Daiya than burger. Yes, please!! Love, love, love a good grilled cheese.

    1. I wouldn't go back and order this "burger" again, but I can definitely see myself making a grilled cheese sandwich with a veggie burger patty inside it at home in the future!