T&V’s search for the best burgers

The vegetarian edition: By Chloe vs. Shake Shack

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

T&V is on a quest to find the best hamburger in the neighborhood but for this installment, we wanted to check out the options available to vegetarians. Any self-respecting meat lover knows that vegetarian alternatives often pale in comparison to the real thing, but sometimes if the healthier option doesn’t try too hard in its imitation, the result can be moderately satisfying. We tried two meat-free offerings at local lunch spots this week.

By Chloe’s Guac Burger (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Chloe’s Guac Burger (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Chloe, Guac Burger ($10)
Anyone looking for a sandwich with the texture, consistency and taste of a juicy beef burger, be warned: this is not it. But the black beans make the sandwich a filling meal, even without a side of fries, and the spices blend together well for a tasty lunch. By Chloe specializes in vegan fare and this sandwich is no exception. The whole wheat bun that comes standard with the guac burger can be swapped out for a gluten free bun for an additional $2.50.

The burger itself is made of black beans and sweet potato and it’s topped with a corn salsa, tortilla strips, avocado, tomato and red onion.

The chipotle aioli has a nice kick that is tampered down a bit by the cooling avocado. The veggies in the burger all tasted fresh and the corn in the salsa also offered a nice balance to the spiciness of the sauce, with a sweetness and a bit of crunch.

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CB6 committee cautiously approves license for vegan cafe

V-Spot owner Daniel Carabaño addresses the BASA Committee while an attorney for the business stands by.

V-Spot owner Daniel Carabaño addresses the BASA Committee while an attorney for the business stands by.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Despite some neighbors’ concerns about connections to a comedy club that’s frequently cited for nighttime noise, the Community Board 6 Business Affairs and Street Activities (BASA) committee approved a new vegan café’s request for a beer and wine license. This was after initially rejecting the application in January.

Committee chair Keith Powers said at a committee meeting at the end of February that when VSpot, the new restaurant at 241 East 24th Street, originally came before the committee, they were rejected because there were concerns about the restaurant’s connection to the New York Comedy Club next door, so the committee asked the owner to come back and explain the connection.

“People felt like they might be artificially expanding the comedy club,” said Powers.

VSpot owner Daniel Carabaño explained that he is fully responsible for operating the restaurant, and New York Comedy Club co-owner Scott Lindner said at the meeting that the partnership between the club and the café was merely out of expediency when the vegan restaurant wanted to open a location in the space.

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