David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi debuted a veggie burger for meat eaters Wednesday and so far opinions are divided between incredulous and disgusted.
John Falco – a self-described burger snob said the burger was ‘close enough and good enough’ to a meat burger.
‘Absolutely I would eat it again’ he said.
Darren Gruber – who also eats meat agreed.
‘If I could have this without eating an animal – that’s great’ he said.
It was fitting that a veggie burger for meat eaters launched at Momofuku Nishi in New York City – a part of chef David Chang’s trendy Momofuku empire – which includes a restaurant whose menu once proudly declared: “We do not serve vegetarian-friendly items here”.
Chang’s menus have caved slightly to include vegetarian items but the options pale in a city filled with so many other innovative and delicious vegetarian offerings – including Superiority Burger which led GQ to declare the best burger of 2015 to be one with no meat in it.
The server asked if I wanted my burger pink or cooked through and while I opted for rare the burger was not bloody (though spurts of ruby red faux blood were mixed into the muscle-like fibers).
After the first bite I felt like I had ended a more than six-year-long streak of not eating meat.
The sear was thick and crunchy and I experienced that familiar salty – fatty taste that I believed could only come from an animal.
The saltiness lingered after a handful of french fries and well after leaving the restaurant.