Superiority Burger

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92 Excellent

Ex–Del Posto pastry chef Brooks Headley makes vegetarian and vegan fast food even carnivores love.

430 E. 9th St., New York, NY, 10009


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The lowdown

Punk-rock drummer and former fine-dining pastry chef extraor­dinaire, total badass and wearer of paper soda-jerk hats — if you were looking for someone to give vegetarian fast-food a spectacular high-low makeover, to make it cool, cravable, and also, you know, nutritious, you couldn’t do much better than Brooks Headley. Everything on his Superiority menu — veggie burger, faux Sloppy Joe, burnt-broccoli salad — is mysteriously satisfying and as good as you’ve heard, except the Superiority Wrap (a.k.a. the Hippie Wrap), which is better than you’ve heard. Nor do daily specials like vegan pump-cheese nachos disappoint. Have an expert Arnold Palmer while you wait for the savory stuff. Then take your salubrious fast-food feast to a Tompkins Square Park bench, or, if one’s available, grab an old-fashioned swing-tray seat at the restaurant and imagine you’re dining at the late, great, decidedly nonvegetarian Prime Burger on 51st Street.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

DrinksNo Alcohol

Noise LevelCivilized