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Superiority Burger serves one of the best veggie burgers out there, which is to say it’s fine and forgettable. At $6, it’s not a big financial commitment, but it shouldn’t be your focus at this tiny East Village restaurant. What makes this place special are the vegetarian sides, like burnt broccoli salad topped with candied nuts and peppers, and the rotating flavors of creamy gelato and sorbet.
How bad can vegetables be for you? Pretty bad, probably. But Superiority Burger keeps things mostly healthy. Their vegetarian sloppy joe might not be a part of any lifestyle that’s currently trending, but it must be healthier than the real thing. The veggie burger also tastes like it’s made from real vegetables, and the sides generally won’t do you much damage. Have some burnt broccoli. Just be aware that this is really just a takeout counter and you’re going to need to find somewhere to eat your food.
Superiority Burger is a tiny, counter-service spot with one of the worst seating situations in the city. So why do we like it so much? In part, it’s because this place is vegetarian, and the sides are consistently some of the best quick options in the East Village. We also appreciate the punk rock that’s always wafting in from the open kitchen, and the gelato makes most other dessert seem lazy and inferior. If you don’t eat meat or just like sweet things in cups, this is a place you should visit.
A veggie burger will never be as good as a real burger. That’s something all vegetarians have to come to terms with (if they haven’t already). Superiority Burger takes a stab at the fake-meat sandwich, however - and the result is pretty good. But the sides and the frozen desserts are the best things about this place. There isn’t much seating, so take your food to Tompkins Square Park.