Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

I just got back from another trip to Philadelphia. And while there, of course, I had to try another of the city’s famed cheesesteaks. One day (after many more trips to Philly), I will have an answer for what I think is the best cheesesteak in the city of Brotherly Love. For now, I say it is Dalessandro’s.

No question, you need to head 90 miles southwest to appreciate a real cheesesteak. But I often get asked (mostly by international visitors), where to get the best cheesesteak in NYC. I have a few suggestions (Phil’s Steaks, Shorty’s), but my newest discovery will definitely be the most controversial.

I tried a play on a cheesesteak at the vegetarian hot spot Superiority Burger. I’ve been very impressed with some of the dishes Brooks Headley has turned out at this tiny East Village storefront, but have been least taken with the buzzed-about veggie burger. Yet his masterpiece rarely gets talked about. Amazingly, it is a vegan cheesesteak.

That’s right, I’m not afraid! A vegan cheesesteak. But instead of the bland and temperamental soy or tempeh, he uses shaved and griddled yuba, Yuba is the skin of tofu and in this vessel, it is shaved very thin and browned to an almost meaty-crispness. It also has the tenderness of thinly sliced steak.

To enhance the cheesesteak sensation, he adds gloppy cashew cheese, caramelized onions, and some pickled cucumbers for a light cold crunch. It’s served in a roll and is truly one of the best cheesesteaks I’ve ever had. Even though there’s no cheese and there’s no steak. And this establishment is definitely not in Philadelphia.

I know I sound like a crazy person recommending a vegan cheesesteak, but this chewy, meaty, spiced creation is truly spectacular. And it’s the closest I’ve ever come to my life to converting to a full-on vegan. Price: $7

SUPERIORITY BURGER
430 East 9th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A),
East Village
(212) 256-1192
superiorityburger.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

3 Responses to DISH OF THE WEEK: New Creation at SUPERIORITY BURGER

  1. Ttrockwood says:

    This is so exciting for me!! I’m vegetarian and have never had a cheesteak- I love superiority burger yet have never ordered this – “griddled yuba” just isn’t a compelling menu description….. i usually get the sloppy dave and whatever the side specials are, when it’s warm enough the gelatos are always great

  2. Hi Brian,
    I am setting up my own vegan-centric site and really enjoy your omni site. I didn’t get a good pic of the The New Creation and was wondering if I could use it on my site if I link back to here? Thanks!

    Best,
    Jeff

  3. Brian Hoffman says:

    Hi Jeff. Congrats on the site. Let me know when it’s up and running. Sure, you can use my photo if you give credit and link back to my article. Thanks so much for asking!!

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