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best vegetable burger in manhattan.....

carri Apr 7, 2010 01:08 PM

In an effort to shed some pounds and save some animals, my husband and I are starting a 'hunt' for the best vege. burger in Manhattan! Please help us! ideas, ideas...

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    fm1963 Apr 7, 2010 01:17 PM

    I love the veggie burger at Southwest NY in the financial district - made with black beans, and served between corn cakes (like arepas). Best with sauteed mushrooms and a side of soft corn pudding or maduros. Yum.

    1. LNG212 Apr 7, 2010 01:51 PM

      I really like the vegetable burger at 5 Napkin Burger. It's made from portabello mushrooms and beets (and maybe other stuff). I know that sounds weird -- at least I thought it sounded weird first time I asked -- but it's really tasty. Be forewarned: it's huge and it's messy. But all in a good way! (It comes with fries, but I believe they'll sub salad or other stuff if you ask.)

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        kathryn Apr 7, 2010 01:55 PM

        My vegetarian friends love the ones at Quantum Leap. Ridiculous name, but they make them in house supposedly.

        Quantum Leap
        226 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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          MinhLikesFood Apr 8, 2010 08:08 AM

          I'll second this rec, they have a great spicy veggie burger that I think is great. And i'm not a vegetarian.

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          uwsister Apr 7, 2010 05:48 PM

          I like the veggie burger at Stand quite a bit. I think it's even better than their normal burger, which is about slightly above average. And their sweet potato fries are the only ones that I've found at a restaurant are crispy.

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            shluth Apr 8, 2010 07:57 AM

            The veggie burger at Film Center Cafe on 9th Ave. is one of my favorites. It's delicious, and comes with avocado, sprouts, and sweet potato fries.

            Film Center Cafe
            635 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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              foodismylife Apr 8, 2010 08:14 AM

              shake shack but dont expect to lose weight, full of wonderful cheese.
              falafels are an alternative but fried.
              i am also doing the same thing, lost 15 pounds this year, good luck.

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                LNG212 Apr 8, 2010 09:06 AM

                OMG I totally adore the 'Shroom Burger at Shake Shack. But you're right -- since it's stuffed with cheese and deep fried, it's not exactly health food.

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                  MacGuffin May 18, 2010 07:42 AM

                  I LOVE the 'Shroom Burger! I always add an order of cheese fries.

              2. thew Apr 8, 2010 08:22 AM

                i've always been partial to Dojo's soy burger- i like it w/ cheese

                14 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

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                  marciamarcia... Apr 9, 2010 03:32 AM

                  believe it or not Houstons is really good.

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                    E Eto Apr 11, 2010 07:28 PM

                    Agree. Houston's, now called Hillstone, does serve possibly the best veggie burger I've tasted. It's better than many of their meaty offerings.

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                      fooodie Apr 14, 2010 09:32 AM

                      Totally Agree. Best veggie burger I've ever had was at Houstons. When did they change their name to Hillstone?

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                      carri Apr 9, 2010 01:00 PM

                      thank you!!!! Going to check all of them out and will report back!

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                        fm1963 Apr 9, 2010 01:09 PM

                        Adding Zaitzeff to the list - served with melted cheese & avocado. Very tasty.

                        72 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038

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                          cutebee Apr 10, 2010 03:02 PM

                          I agree with MarciaMarcia, Houston's (Hillstones in Manhattan) has the BEST veggie burger...

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                            Daniel Littman May 18, 2010 02:17 AM

                            " veggie burger seasoned with Worcestershire"
                            Worcestershire is not vegetarian it- is made with anchovies. This might be a veggie burge but it is not suitable for vegetarians. Be aware.

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                              oceans May 18, 2010 03:03 AM

                              They do also make Worcestershire sauce without anchovies that is suitable for vegetarians. You can buy it at Whole Foods and other places.

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                                MacGuffin May 18, 2010 07:45 AM

                                Yeah, but is the one they're serving vegetarian? It's been my experience that the current run of veggies options taste lousy.
                                Sharwood's used to make a fabulous Worcestershire sauce that didn't have anchovies but they dropped it and started manufacturing Asian condiments instead. I wish I'd known--I'd have stocked up at Zabar's. :(

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                              pamela718 May 18, 2010 05:01 AM

                              I would like to add Blue Smoke's Hickory Smoked Veg Burger. It's full of flavor and modestly sized. It's served with a tomato chutney that I discarded and used bbq sauce instead. Delish.

                              Blue Smoke
                              116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

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                                Frederick Loren May 18, 2010 05:25 AM

                                Try COUNTER Vegetable Bistro -- 105 First Ave. Very good...Mushroom pâté, housemade seitan, fresh herbs...delish

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                                  foodie4life May 19, 2010 09:41 AM

                                  I was going to suggest Counter myself! Best one I've had.

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                                    ladygrey Jul 19, 2010 12:24 PM

                                    YES - Counter's is REALLY good, it's seitan-based, flavorful and delicious on a lovely brioche bun. There are so many mediocre veg burgs out there in the world. I also really recommend The Lodge in Williamsburg - especially with sauteed onions & cheddar on top.

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