Burger Battle

The Brooklyn Battle of the Almighty Thin Veggie Burgers

The Brooklyn Battle of the Almighty Thin Veggie Burgers

I’ll be straightforward here.  New York City’s vegan burger game has evolved incredibly since I endeavored to find The Best.  But I’m at a point where I need to start a ‘best of the best’ bracket.  It is such a shame to bid some burgers […]

Burgers & Catchup: V.V. Burger Battles Rage On

Burgers & Catchup: V.V. Burger Battles Rage On

It’s been a while, I know. But there are NYC vegan burger happenings that have brought me out of “retirement.”  Here are a few notes on the updated brackets above. These are entirely new* burgers from my last battle. And there are many more. Ok, […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown, Round 2!</b><br> Momofuku Nishi vs. Sugar Cafe

V.V. Burger Showdown, Round 2!
Momofuku Nishi vs. Sugar Cafe

Momofuku Nishi vs. Sugar Cafe In the near absence of real and affordable opportunity, New York City’s development in the last decades has shifted towards big box store chains. The same character-less stores that appear in suburban shopping Lego sets are now in New York City as patrons […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown, Round 2!</b><br> Vburger vs. Go Zen

V.V. Burger Showdown, Round 2!
Vburger vs. Go Zen

Vburger vs. Go Zen Vburger is an all-vegan vegan fast food eatery near Union Square in Manhattan. It shares space with the Hummus & Pita Co., a non-vegan franchise with several locations in New York City. Based on how many trademarks are on their website, I am […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown, Round 2!</b><br> Fogwood & Fig vs. No. 7 Veggie

V.V. Burger Showdown, Round 2!
Fogwood & Fig vs. No. 7 Veggie

Fogwood & Fig vs. No. 7 Veggie   It’s not surprising that Diane Bezanski has a background in photography. If the images of her veggie burgers, under the name Fogwood & Fig, were all I had, they might still win a few battles. It is true that […]

Finally: A Champion is Crowned / The Preview of the Next Burger Battle

Finally: A Champion is Crowned / The Preview of the Next Burger Battle

Here we are. The long overdue conclusion of my first New York City Vegan Victuals Burger Battle! After 16 burgers, a champion has emerged. And it’s Brooklyn’s Toad Style! With a commitment to housemade excellence, Toad Style sets a high standard for all those who hope […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 4: </b> The making of <i>​Mmmmm.</i><br>[Toad Style vs. Cafe Ghia]

V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 4: The making of ​Mmmmm.
[Toad Style vs. Cafe Ghia]

Match #4 of the V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals: Brooklyn Born. Toad Style vs. Cafe Ghia We are nearing the end. With a new summer brings another new burger battle. There is no rest for the vegan eats these days. But before a new beginning, an end. Each burger […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 3: </b>NYC’s Dichotomy ​[Toad Style vs. Candle Cafe]

V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 3: NYC’s Dichotomy ​[Toad Style vs. Candle Cafe]

Match #3 of the V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals: Class Warfare. Toad Style vs. Candle Cafe In this third semifinal battle of burger supremacy we witness the clash of New York City’s dichotomous nature. The upper crusty Upper East Side faces Bedford-Stuyvesant, a Brooklyn neighborhood with a mythic claim […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 2: </b>A Fall From Grace ​[By Chloe vs. Chickpea & Olive]

V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 2: A Fall From Grace ​[By Chloe vs. Chickpea & Olive]

Match #2 of the V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals: A Fall From Grace. By Chloe vs. Chickpea & Olive Ok, I’m back in the burger battle again! We’re at the 2nd of the Semi-Finals of the V.V. New York City Burger Showdown!  I know I said this before… But it’s been […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 1: </b><br>I Must Break <br>You(r Brand Marketing) ​[Pickle Shack vs. Bareburger]

V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 1:
I Must Break
You(r Brand Marketing) ​[Pickle Shack vs. Bareburger]

Match #1 of the V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals: I Must Break You(r Brand Marketing). Pickle Shack vs. Bareburger We are now in the Semi-Finals of the V.V. New York City Burger Showdown! Sixteen burgers in, I have tasted some amazing burgers. But with new burger options already in waiting for […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 8: The Battle of Charmed Timing<br>​[Cafe Ghia vs. Cinnamon Snail]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 8: The Battle of Charmed Timing
​[Cafe Ghia vs. Cinnamon Snail]

Match #8 of the V.V. Burger Showdown: The Battle of Charmed Timing. Cafe Ghia vs. Cinnamon Snail Gentrification surrounding the L-train stops has been happening for decades. 20 years ago, as a straggly teenager who frequented the original Domesy’s Warehouse on Kent, I walked through Williamsburg’s then shady […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 7: The Battle of (vegan) Growing Pains<br>​[Tiny’s vs. BareBurger]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 7: The Battle of (vegan) Growing Pains
​[Tiny’s vs. BareBurger]

Match #7 of the V.V. Burger Showdown: The Battle of (vegan) Growing Pains. Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop vs. Bareburger Along with the large scale collective growth in vegan food products and eateries, omni embrace of “vegan” is also evolving in its own way. Vegan pantry staples are showing […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 6: The Upper East Side’s Battle of 16-14<br>​[Candle Cafe vs. V-Note]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 6: The Upper East Side’s Battle of 16-14
​[Candle Cafe vs. V-Note]

Match #6 of the V.V. Burger Showdown: The Upper East Side’s Battle of 16-14. Candle Cafe vs. V-Note 16-14 refers to the prices of these fancy pants vegan burgers. After the “draw” of the last showdown, I needed some housemade high quality offerings. After all, paying $16 for a […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 5: Cardinal Veggie Burger Sins​<br>[Blossom On Carmine vs. Blossom du Jour]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 5: Cardinal Veggie Burger Sins​
[Blossom On Carmine vs. Blossom du Jour]

Match #5 of the V.V. Burger Showdown: The Blossom battle turns out to be a lesson on how not to do a veggie burger. Blossom On Carmine vs. Blossom du Jour Despite the proclamations from HappyCow, PeTA,  and VegNews, I often say that New York City is not so vegan-friendly. […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 4: Battle of Smorgasburg​<br>[Chickpea & Olive vs. NÜBurger]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 4: Battle of Smorgasburg​
[Chickpea & Olive vs. NÜBurger]

Match #4 of the V.V. Burger Showdown brings us to Smorgasburg, Brooklyn’s food flea market: Chickpea & Olive vs. NÜBurger Since 2008, Smorgasburg has allowed a slew of new and exciting food vendors to make a name for themselves. And several are either all-vegan or offer vegan options, including Chickpea & Olive […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 3: The Battle of the Potato Buns <br>[M.O.B. vs. Pickle Shack]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 3: The Battle of the Potato Buns
[M.O.B. vs. Pickle Shack]

Hitting the corners of the V.V. Burger Showdown brackets, it’s time for Match #3: M.O.B. vs. Pickle Shack This is going to be a doozy. I have loved the M.O.B. and Pickle Shack veggie burgers separately–but for some of the same reasons. Restoring my lost hope and representing […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 2: Gentrification Burgers <br>[Toad Style vs. Champs Family Diner]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 2: Gentrification Burgers
[Toad Style vs. Champs Family Diner]

The Burger Showdown continues with the first Brooklyn showdown: Toad Style vs. Champs Family Diner Just when my burger brackets were set, along comes Toad Style‘s all-vegan menu, batting its housemade cheese and sage butter and lime aioli. Those kinds of words indicate an eatery who not only […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 1: Everybody Wants Some [Superiority Burger vs. By Chloe]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 1: Everybody Wants Some [Superiority Burger vs. By Chloe]

Ok, so I hadn’t realized I reported on so many of NYC’s veggie burgers until I counted them on my blog: 40 burgers! But times have changed since 2010 when I set out on a mission to find the best one (reporting briefly on 36 of […]

What’s the Best Vegan Burger in New York City? [Part 3]

What’s the Best Vegan Burger in New York City? [Part 3]

Candle 79‘s Black Bean Pumpkin Seed Burger (Upper East Side) Pro: It’s absolutely yummy, polenta fries Con: It’s also a mush-fest, pricey Josie’s NYC‘s Organic 3-grain vegetable burger (Upper West Side) Pro: Quinoa, bulgur & cous cous-oh my! Con: A bit pricey Goodburger‘sVeggie Burger (Union […]

What’s the Best Vegan Burger in New York City? [Part 2]

What’s the Best Vegan Burger in New York City? [Part 2]

The search continues, in intervals of 12. What is all this burger-eating leading up to? My decision on who makes the best vegan burger in New York City, of course. It is forthcoming. The Organic Grill‘s Organic Grill Burger (East Village) Pro: Very tasty, housemade, […]

What’s the Best Vegan Burger in New York City? [Part 1]

What’s the Best Vegan Burger in New York City? [Part 1]

That is the question. A good, hearty and satisfying veggie burger is an occasional must. And luckily it they’re pretty much a menu staple at both veg and omni eateries alike. But where to go? A group of vegan field reporters and I bring you […]