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where can I find a great homemade veggie burger (non soy based)?

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mccaugheyd Jun 2, 2011 12:01 PM

I am looking for a restaurant where I can find a great veggie burger. I prefer a non-soy based kinda grainy burger. Non eggy and not soy tasting. It can have soy I would just rather not be able to taste it. Doesn't matter if it is a casual or fancy place cause I will probably just get it to go. I live on the upper east and prefer to find a local place. I have had some good ones on the LES but am looking to find a place that I can frequent this summer, so the closer to home the better. Thanks for your help.

  1. thew Jun 6, 2011 08:56 AM

    while soy, i always found the soy burger at dojo's to be my face veg burger in the city. i don;t think it tasted excessively soy-y, but then i wasnt looking out for that taste either

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    Dojo
    14 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

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      mccaugheyd Jun 6, 2011 08:58 PM

      Thanks.

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        DrewEck Jun 7, 2011 08:26 AM

        In the East Village, Black Market, next to Niagara at 7th and A gets high marks. Also, Kate's Joint at 4th and B.

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        Kate's Joint
        58 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

        Black Market
        110 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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      downtownchica Jun 4, 2011 12:02 PM

      I also don't really like mushrooms.

      Hillstone/Houstons is by far my favorite. They also let you substitute veggie sides for french fries all of which tend to be really good (though my fave is the red cabbage).

      Blue Smoke is a good compromise restaurant, and while solid, the veggie burger isn't quite Hillstone's caliber.

      On the cheap end, goodhealthburger has become my favorite place to order from when stuck as work late. I know you said no soy, but their tex-mex burger is excellent and doesn't remotely resemble the terrible veggie burgers you find in the freezer section.

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

      Hillstone
      378 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010

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        vegivore Jun 3, 2011 11:08 AM

        I also live on the upper east side, but I don't know of any good ones. If you find one, I'd love to know about it. Gobo has a veggie burger on the menu, but I've never had it, so can't comment. The new Mamagyro place has a veggie burger, but I was underwhelmed. To say the least.

        I remember liking the veggie burger at Stand on 12th st. Their description says "Quinoa, mushroom, zucchini, parmesan, lettuce, tomato, onion marmalade, homemade ketchup," so probably not soy based. It was better than any of the meat burgers my friends ordered, IMHO.

        I second the recommendation for the one at Five Napkin. Probably my favorite in the city.

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        Five Napkin Burger
        630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

        Stand
        24 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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          uwsister Jun 6, 2011 10:36 PM

          I also liked Stand's veggie burger, and I'm a total carnivore!

        2. rteplow Jun 3, 2011 05:28 AM

          I've really liked the edamame-quinoa burger at French Roast (85th & Broadway). I know it's soy-based but mentioned it in case you like edamame but not tempeh or seitan.

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          French Roast
          2340 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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            mccaugheyd Jun 3, 2011 10:59 AM

            That sounds good. Yeah...I like edamame. I am not a fan of soy meats or tofu, tempeh or seitan. I used to go to the French Roast a lot when I was younger. I forgot all about it. I dont think they had the burger back when I went, but I will be sure to check it out.
            Thanks

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            French Roast
            2340 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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            1uc7 Jun 3, 2011 03:01 AM

            Cafe Blossom on west 82 has a pretty great lentil burger.

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            Cafe Blossom
            466 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

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              mccaugheyd Jun 7, 2011 08:39 AM

              Thank you so much! This place looks fabulous. I lentil-quinoa burger sounds so good. I am definitel going there.

            2. LNG212 Jun 2, 2011 01:45 PM

              The three veg "burgers" that I like the most are:

              --shake shack's 'shroom burger: though it is far from a "healthy" item (mushroom stuffed with cheese and deep fried on their signature potato bun, extra pickles please)

              --blue smoke's veg burger: a smokey quinoa-based burger

              --five napkin burger's veg burger: it sounds the weirdest but is really really tasty (beets and mushrooms)

              Sorry that most I've mentioned aren't on the UES.

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              Shake Shack
              Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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

              Five Napkin Burger
              630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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                mccaugheyd Jun 2, 2011 08:36 PM

                I am gonna try the Blue Smoke veggie burger. I am not that into mushrooms, so I am not a fan of Shake Shack's veg option. The quinoa based burger sounds interesting. Thank you for responding. No one else seems to have any interest.

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

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                  Bkeats Jun 3, 2011 10:59 AM

                  There was an article in the NYT a few months ago on this.

                  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/din...

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                    mccaugheyd Jun 3, 2011 04:50 PM

                    thanks for the link. It was a great article and gave me some good ideas of places to try. I will do that soon. Unfortunately none of the places were on the upper east side. Looking for a place where I can order delivery for tonight. I will definitely try Hillstone's burger soon. I liked their food last time I was there and am dying to try their veggie burger. It sounds so good.

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                    Hillstone
                    378 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010

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                      goodhealthgourmet Jun 3, 2011 05:07 PM

                      the Houston's/Hillstone burger is my absolute favorite. i haven't had one in four years since i had to give up gluten completely and i STILL crave that darned veggie burger! request a side of barbecue sauce with it - the flavors work really well together.

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