In Which We Eat a Meatless Burger
In Which We Eat a Meatless Burger:
Friday night rolled around, at what seemed a glacier-like pace, and all I wanted was to enjoy the perfect meal. The long workweek got the best of me and I decided the only remedy came in the form of a good veggie burger and fries. I have a love-hate relationship with the veggie burger. When done well, a veggie burger can provide just the right amount of satisfaction, but when not properly executed (this usually involves frozen peas) you begin doubting your choice to abstain from meat. I researched good veggie burgers in the city and decided to check out Westville on Avenue A and 11th.
My friend Alli and I (you will be hearing her name a lot throughout my posts) arrived at Westville around 9:30 PM, cold and very, very hungry. When the hostess told us the wait was between thirty to forty-five minutes we seriously considered bouncing and scarfing down a cheap slice of pizza instead. That was until the sweet aromas of the restaurant slapped us in the face and made it physically impossible for us to leave the premises. We opted to wait it out and planted ourselves in their tiny entrance way right in front of the heater.
We thought the long wait time was a bluff, a mere tactic famous amongst NY eateries to boost their reputation. We were wrong. We waited almost a full forty-five minutes to be seated and prayed to the heavens that our olfactory system didn’t disappoint our gustatory system. We started off with an appetizer of grilled asparagus drizzled with lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. The asparagus was grilled to perfection and the Parmesan added a unique flavor that was made even zestier by the lemon juice.
Our veggie burgers and fries immediately followed our starter dish. As soon as my eyes feasted upon it, I knew we were in for an even bigger treat. The burger itself was dense; I needed both hands to pick it up and I would estimate it weighed around a quarter of a pound. It is topped with grilled mushrooms, lettuce, tomato and I added avocado and cheddar cheese because, well, they’re awesome. As I bit into it for the first time, I realized the bun was grilled and buttered. The patty seemed to be mostly composed of broccoli and sweet potatoes. I know there must be more ingredients, but I couldn’t determine the other flavors. I have experienced my fair share of good veggie burgers, but it is a rarity to eat one that is not only tasty, but also just as hearty as a “normal” burger. I couldn’t even finish the entire thing because it was THAT filling. Oh, and did I mention, they serve amazing and perfectly crispy French fries? Yeah, I suggest you ditch the healthy salad option and go with these babies because they are totally worth the extra calories.
Overall, I was more than happy with Westville. Not only was my meal delightful, it filled me up for the rest of the night. As my fellow veggies know, it can be quite difficult making recipes and finding restaurants that satisfy our appetite for longer than an hour. If Westville’s veggie burger is any indicator of how good their meat burgers are, then I suggest all of you meat eaters with veggie friends hightail it over to one of their three locations* the next time you’re craving a great All-American meal in a classy and cozy environment. Make sure to get there early or call ahead to reserve a table, but know that it will be well worth the wait.
*Westville has three locations in the city. Their information is below.
210 W 10th Street, New York, NY 10014
Between Bleecker and West 4th Street
Phone: 212-741-7971, 212-741-4780
Monday – Friday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
173 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Corner of 11th Street
Phone: 212-677-2933, 212-677-2033
Daily 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
246 W18th Street, New York, NY 10011
Between 7th & 8th Avenue
Phone: 212-924-2223, 212-924-2201
Daily 10:00 am – 11:00 pm