Hudson Yards Cafe
450 10th Ave
New York, NY 10018
“If the creator of our world didn’t want us to eat beef, why did they make it taste so good?” I am sure a lot of you can get excited about that statement. I concur wholeheartedly. But, I do have some vegetarian friends and since this blog was started so all my friends could go out and have some fun together over food, I do like to accommodate my veggie compadres. There are some veggie burger reviews hidden in the sight, mostly in the comments, so don’t give me any gruff about veggie burgers, not being real burgers.
Past veggie burger sightings;
Thunder Jackson’s – New York, NY
Bill’s Bar – New York, NY
Yankee Stadium – New York, NY
Chat ‘n Chew – New York, NY
Ultimate Burger – London, UK
Burgers and Cupcakes – New York, NY
After eating the veggie burger at Burgers and Cupcakes and Thunder Jackson’s, my friend Jen demanded a Burger Conquest for what she considers “the best” veggie burger in NYC. Enter Hudson Yards, a European style cafe on the south end of Hell’s Kitchen in NYC. The bar is primarily inhabited by convention goes at the Jacob Javits Center, the leading convention center in NYC. If you’re there for a trade show or special event, Hudson Yards is really the only game in town. The restaurant boasts a small, yet diverse menu, but Jen, Rob and Ayla were here for one reason only.
THE VEGGIE BURGER
At Hudson Yards, you can order a beef, turkey or garden burger. Each of them comes with lettuce, tomato and onion. You can also add avocado, bacon, mushrooms, blue cheese, cheddar, Swiss or mozzarella. If you’re in the know, like Jen, you also know about the 2 non-listed items, both of which I ordered; American cheese and chipotle mayo. You also get a choice of fries or field greens salad, I chose the latter, which comes with a spicy mustard seed dressing.
Hudson Yard’s veggie burger is made of ground vegetables (as opposed to tofu or black beans) and deep fries them. The result, a crispy outside and mushy vegetable center with the consistency of mashed potatoes. They serve it on a fresh sesame seed roll and the result, I can’t lie to you, is damn good! So good in fact, that I almost order a 2nd burger!!! It has a great flavor, appetizing consistency and great burger to bun ratio. Be sure to try out the chipotle mayo, its smoky creaminess adds a nice touch to the sandwich.
Congrats Jim Reardon, this is “the best” veggie burger in NYC!
As for the fries vs. salad argument…the fries were crispy and good but the flavor of the mustard dressing was so good, that I would choose it. Ayla on the other hand, opted for the crispy spuds but only so she could dip them into a pile of black pepper disguising ketchup beneath. That is a serious commitment to a spice that Christopher Columbus grew so tired of, he set of to new lands looking for an alternate.