Monday, March 17, 2014

The Butcher's Daughter

I’ve eaten breakfast at The Butcher’s Daughter a few times (their vegan bagel and schmear is amazing!), so I was excited to try the veggie burger on their dinner menu.


There’s some scaffolding up around the building right now, so I had trouble getting a decent photo of the storefront…


But the inside is still beautiful:


Although my expectations were high for this veggie burger, the vegan “Butcher’s Burger” did not disappoint. At $16, it is quite a splurge – but it was worth it.


The toasted bun was light and sweet, with a flakey pastry-like top and a soft inside. My favorite kind of bun!

The patty was hearty and earthy, well-flavored with herbs and spices. Not so heavy on the beans (although it is described as a “vegetable black bean burger”), the grains stood out more. It reminded me of vegan sausage, in a way (and I love almost all vegan sausages, so that’s a compliment). It could have been a bit dry if eaten on its own, but not with the delicious toppings that came with it...


...because those toppings were amazing: The cashew cheese (look at those huge slices of it under the patty!) had a mild but intriguing flavor (probably would not taste very cheese-like to someone who has not eaten vegan cheese before, but I enjoyed it). The lettuce and onion were crisp and fresh, the pickles and mayo gave the burger a nice spicy kick, and the “special sauce” was tomatoey and sweet. Really a perfect blend of flavors.

I was so enamored with this burger that I almost neglected the roasted potato wedges that came with it – but they were scrumptious too! Especially with the harissa mayo dipping sauce. YUM.

Definitely a five-star burger!

Cost: $16
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Burger patty: 4       Bun: 5      Toppings: 5

Note: “The Butcher’s Burger” is only on the dinner menu, not the brunch or breakfast menu.

UPDATE: Abby Bean reports that things seem to have gone downhill at this restaurant since I posted my review, check out her more recent review here. Hopefully this was just a bad night, and they can get it back on track and bring their food back to 5-star level!

The Butcher’s Daughter
19 Kenmare St
on the corner of Kenmare & Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

YumVeggieBurger review #125


  1. Whoa; this is on my must try list now! I love that kind of bun too and I swear I haven't had it since becoming vegan. So exciting! Thanks.

    1. Abby, you should definitely give them a try! Might need to do two trips though - one for breakfast and one for dinner, both menus are so good! :)

    2. Update, we went to TBD and the burger now looks nothing like this. One example: instead of cashew cheese, it was definitely Daiya.


    4. How disappointing! I have not been there in many months, it does sound indeed like things have changed dramatically (for the worse). And wow, looking at our photos of the burger side by side the obvious difference in the cheese is shocking! :(

  2. This sounds really awesome, Ali. I can't wait to go try it! Jon's always looking for a good veggie burger and I'm keeping vegetarian for Lent right now. Do you know if it has mushrooms in it?

    1. Hi Victoria! Thanks for reading - I don't know for sure about the mushrooms, if it's an allergy concern I would call and ask first. But I am a mushroom hater about 95% of the time, and I did not taste or notice any mushroom bits in this burger.

    2. Got it. I actually love mushrooms. Only asking because Jon can't stand them. ;)

    3. haha I can't either (once in awhile I can tolerate pieces of them mixed in with enough other things that they don't stand out, but that's it).

  3. I love this place! I've been several times in just the past few weeks, but always breakfast or lunch (why is their avocado toast sooo much better than mine?!? And i had a cashew milk latte!) but obviously i will have to go for dinner now....

  4. Love your blog, Ali! Definitely going here. -Kendall