Showing posts with label Superiority Burger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Superiority Burger. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Brown paper on the windows at the former Odessa on Avenue A

Photo by Steven

Former Odessa Watchers™ noted the arrival yesterday of brown paper on the front windows at the old diner at 119 Avenue A. 

As you may know, Superiority Burger has signed a lease for the address here between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place, first reported by Grub Street last month.

Brooks Headley, the owner of the all-vegetarian quick-serve spot on Ninth Street, told Grub Street's Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld that he's not changing a thing:
"Odessa has always kinda been my dream space," he says. What's so dreamy about it is that besides being big, it comes completely furnished and ready to go. "It's not old and dusty and gross and needing upgrades," he says. "I find it completely beautiful — the soda counter, the satellite bar, the cash register station. I don't plan to change it at all."
So the paper on the windows is likely to provide a little privacy and keep the Former Odessa Watchers™from obsessing over every little detail. (Sample: That pen was not on the table yesterday. Also, we forgot to report that the Sanity Inspection Grade, an A, and assorted signage were removed from the front windows several weeks ago. Hopefully, all this is in the Diner Hall of Fame.)

Headley previously said that the move from Ninth Street will be several months down the road. (Given the current supply-chain issues, it may take longer for any new kitchen equipment to arrive.)

Once the new home of Superiority Burger is up and running, they'll first launch a dinner service before opening it up later for lunch and breakfast.

In July 2020, longtime manager Dennis Vassilatos said that Odessa was shutting down after a prolonged slump in business due to the pandemic. (Odessa Restaurant opened in this space in April 1995. The original Odessa, the longtime favorite that dated to the mid-1960s, closed next door in August 2013.)

However, closer to the last dayco-owner Steve Helios told Gothamist that Odessa was only closing temporarily, that the space would be renovated. The building's landlord is Odessa partner Mike Skulikidis. The closing turned out to be more than temporary.

Superiority Burger opened in the East Village in June 2015

Friday, August 20, 2021

Report: Superiority Burger moving into the former Odessa space on Avenue A

Photo yesterday by Stacie Joy

The former Odessa space at 119 Avenue A has a new tenant. 

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld at Grub Street report that Superiority Burger has signed a lease for the former diner between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place.

For starters, Brooks Headley, owner of the all-vegetarian quick-serve spot, tells the outlet that he's not changing a thing:
"Odessa has always kinda been my dream space," he says. What's so dreamy about it is that besides being big, it comes completely furnished and ready to go. "It's not old and dusty and gross and needing upgrades," he says. "I find it completely beautiful — the soda counter, the satellite bar, the cash register station. I don't plan to change it at all."

Superiority will be making the short move around the corner from Ninth Street in the months ahead: 

Headley says that he'll need to order some new kitchen equipment and anticipates that it will take at least five months — probably more, what with supply-chain issues — until the new Superiority opens its doors. The plan is to launch dinner service first and then open for lunch and breakfast (yes, breakfast!). He will likely surrender the ancillary kitchen space he leases on 9th Street but keep the original store for purposes yet to be determined. 
In July 2020, longtime manager Dennis Vassilatos said that Odessa was shutting down after a prolonged slump in business due to the pandemic. (Odessa Restaurant opened in this space in April 1995. The original Odessa, the longtime favorite that dated to the mid-1960s, closed next door in August 2013.)

However, closer to the last dayco-owner Steve Helios told Gothamist that Odessa was only closing temporarily, that the space would be renovated. (The building's landlord is Odessa partner Mike Skulikidis.) 

The space has sat untouched since then. 

Earlier in the summer, Louis Skibar, whose Toloache Restaurant Group revived the classic UWS diner Old John's Luncheonette, which dates to the 1950s, was said to be eyeing Odessa.

Superiority opened in the East Village in June 2015

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Superiority Burger reopens on March 12

More restaurants are working on reopening plans after a winter break.

Last evening, Superiority Burger on Ninth Street between Avenue A and First Avenue announced that it will reopen for to-go service again on March 12. 

The popular quick-serve vegetarian restaurant went on hiatus after service on Jan. 9.

Superiority Burger has plans for some time later this year to put the former Westville Bakery space to use across the street.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

As Westville Bakery exits, Superiority Burger set to expand on 9th Street

From the EVG tipline: Westville Bakery closed as of Sunday on Ninth Street between Avenue A and First Avenue. While there isn't any official notice of a closure, temporary or permanent, the shop was not open yesterday during usual business hours ... the space also looked as if someone emptied it out.

No one from Westville responded to an email or Instagram message about the closing.

Meanwhile, the tipster tells us that Superiority Burger will be taking over this space.

And the folks at Superiority confirmed the upcoming expansion, noting that they will also be keeping their current (and original and small) home across Ninth Street. 

Superiority also confirmed that the new space will not be used for indoor seating, and they are still shaping up their future plans for the Ninth Street spaces...
Westville Bakery, which offered a variety of sweets and cafe fare, debuted here in October 2018. It appeared to have a solid following — even after Sullivan Street Bakery moved in a few storefronts away in October.

Superiority opened in the East Village in June 2015... and has pretty much been a veggie juggernaut since it unleashed its first batch of quickly vintage Yuba-verde sandwiches and, say, hakurei turnip slaw.  

Monday, May 18, 2020

How to get your Superiority Burger grab bag to go on Thursday



Superiority Burger is now offering up a grab bag of unique to-go vegan items — on Thursdays only here on Ninth Street between Avenue A and First Avenue.

But! You need to put in your order online here starting at noon today (Monday!). SB has an enthusiastic fanbase, and they sold out of pre-orders quickly this past week.

Let's go to their Instagram account for a narrative:

Thursday May 21 will be a whole new set menu based on what we find at Union Square. Ordering for this next one will start Monday May 18 at noon.

(And yes, we get it. The pre-ordering is annoying. The nebulous pre-ordering menu is annoying. The timed out pick-ups you unconditionally must be on time for are annoying. The goofy one day a week availability is annoying. Bear with us as this thing develops organically. Please please please 😇.)

We are building back purposively and methodically here. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be saying “hey remember when SB was only open one day a week and they tried to make us eat beans what fuckers.” Thank you for your peace, love, and understanding!

But still!

Ok! No one wants us to return to multi-day service more than we do. But we are going to do this gradually. Safe staff, safe customers, right? So for now, only Thursdays. But we will make sure these Thursday bags of food are action packed, ok?

[May 14] was a blast. It was fun to try to recognize everyone’s masked faces through the doorway. Folks showed up, picked up, and immediately scattered. A really encouraging shot of spaced out camaraderie. It felt....pretty good.



Thanks to Steven for these photos from this past Thursday...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Superiority Burger is now open for lunch (except on Tuesdays, when they are not open at all)


[Image via Facebook]

The quick-serve vegetarian restaurant at 430 E. Ninth St. between Avenue A and First Avenue was previously only open for a few hours (6-10 p.m.) in the evening.

Now, though — they will start serving at 11:30 a.m.

Superiority Burger opened last June 25 to very favorable reviews for its namesake veggie burgers and a changing array of side dishes.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Superiority Burger adding another night to its schedule starting next week

Friday, August 28, 2015

Superiority Burger adding another night to its schedule starting next week

A photo posted by @superiorityburger on



Superiority Burger opened on East Ninth Street back on June 25 to very favorable reviews for its namesake veggie burgers and side dishes such as the burnt broccoli salad.

We checked in with proprietor Brooks Headley, who reported that Superiority will add an extra evening to its schedule starting next Wednesday… So on Sept. 2, Superiority will be open Wednesday through Monday nights. (They were previously closed on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.)

"We will go to seven days very soon," he said. "Lunch and delivery are a little further off. Probably by the time it gets cold outside."

For now, the hours remain 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Superiority Burger is located at 430 E. Ninth St. between Avenue A and First Avenue.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

About Superiority Burger


[Photo via William Klayer]

Superiority Burger opened last Thursday at 430 E. Ninth St. between Avenue A and First Avenue. And the place has been getting a lot of press/hype for its veggie burgers and other assorted menu items and music selection.

There are just a handful of items on the menu, and Grub Street takes a look at them here. Eater also has nearly a minute-by-minute update on new menu items and other Superiority-related news here. Eater critics Robert Sietsema and Ryan Sutton along with writer-photographer Nick Solares weigh in here.

Anyone else try it???

As of right now, they are only open Thursday to Monday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Updated 12:19
Gothamist notes that local residents have glued rocks to the wooden benches near Superiority to keep Superiority-goers from sitting on the tree guards...

Previously on EV Grieve:
What the cluck? Chickens in the works for former vegetarian hotspot Dirt Candy on East 9th Street

Rumor: Vegetarian sandwich shop in the works for former Dirt Candy space

[Updated] Veggie burgers confirmed for former Dirt Candy space on East 9th Street