Originally uploaded by lools.
I finally found the best veggie burger in Manhattan! While walking around this morning in our fabulous neighbourhood, Chelsea, we came across Better Burger, located on 8th Avenue at 19th street.
This upcale and chic fast-food restaurant is the brainchild of Louis Lanza, the chef-owner of well-known Manhattan eateries like Josie's and Citrus. The white and orange decor and vinyl booths at Better Burger is kinda like Johnny Rocket's red and white decor except it doesn't reek of grease and full fat whole milk!
This healthy food obsessed joint is a real treat for vegetarians like myself who have a really hard time stomaching the McDonald and Burger King versions of vegetarian food. Veggie or soy burgers come pan seared and sandwiched in organic, low-carb, whole wheat buns. For condiments, one can choose from from: All-American, Karma and Cajun Ketchup, Stoneground Mustard, Chipotle-Honey Mustard, 1000-Isle Style Dressing & Spiced Wasabi Sauce. I slapped on some Stoneground Mustard to my burger and it really enhanced the spiciness and juiciness of the burger experience.
Not in the mood for a burger? There's always Veggie Chili, Veggie Slaw or a range of interesting salads including the funkily named Zen Popeye Salad (baby leaf spinach, Asian seared tofu, roasted vegetables, chickpeas & avocado). Before you go off thinking this place is only for vegetarians, I should inform you that there's lot of choice for you carnivores and you may even feel better knowing that the meat and poultry used in the burgers is antibiotic and hormone-free.
Better Burger also has a lovely selection of beverages including fat free smoothies, soy shakes, lemonades and even flavoured coconut waters. Now if only the big brother fast food places would copy a thing or two from Better Burger, the world would be a much better place!
Better Burger Chelsea
178 Eight Avenue at 19th Street
New York, NY 10011