Monday, January 27, 2014
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.
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