Superiority Burger, home to one of the world’s most deservedly hyped veggie burgers, has outgrown its five-or-so-seat East Village cranny. And in a rare bit of pandemic-era restaurant justice, Grub Street reports that the herbivore haven is relocating to the former home of Odessa around the corner.
Superiority owner Brook Headley told the outlet on Thursday that he plans to move into the vacant 24-hour diner early next year, describing the Tompkins Square Park-adjacent location as a “dream space.”
In a major departure from Headley’s current cramped digs, the next iteration will have table service, non-disposable plates, and somewhere between 60 and 75 seats. The menu, already an unpredictable wheel of vegetarian and vegan fare that revolves around the famous burger, is likely to see some changes as well.
“There’s all sorts of things we could never do in-house, like vegan buns, and there’s stuff we could do only one time a week, like focaccia, that we can do all the time now,” Headley told Grub Street. “Maybe I will even have fries. Do I even know how to operate a deep fryer?”
Headley, a onetime drummer in punk bands, made his name as the James Beard-winning pastry chef at Del Posto, before opening Superiority at the current 9th Street location in 2015. The tiny white-tiled eatery immediately attracted lengthy lines and rave reviews for its $6 quinoa-based burgers.
Odessa, another cult favorite, closed last summer, under somewhat confusing circumstances. The longtime Ukrainian diner has stood empty in the last year, its dust-covered seats still visible through the windows.
According to Headley, the space comes completely furnished, and he doesn’t plan to make any changes.