Superiority Burger — the beloved East Village restaurant serving arguably one of the best vegetarian burgers in the city — is expanding. The tiny vegetarian counter spot is set to open a new space at 433 East 9th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A, across the street from its original location, EV Grieve reports.
When it opens, Superiority Burger will take over the space formerly occupied by Westville Bakery, the dessert-focussed outpost of the popular casual American mini-chain. The bakery reportedly closed Sunday, but it’s not yet clear when Superiority Burger will debut in the new space. In an email to Eater, chef and owner Brooks Headley confirmed the expansion and noted that it would be a takeout-only operation for the foreseeable future with no plans for indoor or outdoor dining. Eater has reached out to get more details on the opening date.
The new location marks the first expansion effort for the hit East Village restaurant, which has been operating out of the same storefront since 2015 with fewer than a dozen seats. Superiority Burger closed temporarily after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic before rolling out a gradual reopening push over the summer. The restaurant is now open five days a week, but it is takeout only, and requires customers to pre-order online.
Superiority Burger opened to rave reviews in 2015, and quickly established itself as one of the best restaurants in Lower Manhattan. The restaurant was the first standalone effort for Headley following a star-making turn at fine-dining restaurant Del Posto, where he earned a James Beard Award for outstanding pastry chef. Over the years, the restaurant has gained a devoted following for its other dishes like the fried tofu sandwich, focaccia, gelato, and sorbet.