10 January 2008

Zen Burger

On Monday Bonnie and I tried a new fast food restaurant near our office. It's called Zen Burger, and I believe it's related to the Zen Palate restaurant. The idea of Zen Burger is that it's completely vegetarian, affordable, and quick. Well, so far they've got two out of three.

I ordered the chicken sandwich meal, which upon trying made me say the oft-quoted opinion "tastes like chicken!". It really was pretty close, and the prices were comparable to any other fast food restaurant. The only problem was that it wasn't really fast. They take your order right away, and then you wait fifteen minutes for the food. Though there is ample seating, the area around the counter is so crowded with people waiting for their order to arrive, you begin to feel anything but "zen". Remember that the placed is located a stone's throw away from Grand Central Station, one of the busiest office areas of the city. Time is money, as they say.

Of course, it's only just opened. Perhaps they just need to iron out their system. I'll give it another go in a few weeks, because I do like to encourage affordable, healthy vegetarian food. Plus I noticed through the crowd of office workers waiting that there was Revolution iced tea. I'd like to see if that's any good.

As for today, I'm home sick. I thought I'd avoid whatever is going around, but I'd have to have an amazing immune system to pull that off. Well, any excuse to sit around drinking tea and sleeping all day.


Marie said...

At least you're getting healthier options. It's an exercise for you to take a moment and reach "zen" whilst waiting for your food while your stomach is grumbling and chattering office workers bump and step on your toes without even giving you a quick glance of remorse.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear your not feeling well. I haved tried Boca burgers they are pretty good. We don't have much vegeitarina fare in good old upstate NY. Raining today and 52. Weird weather. Drink plenty of tea and eat some good old fashion chicken soup.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it was tasty and affordable, but the wait was ridiculous (esp. for a midtown lunch hour). I'd like to look into their ingredient list/calorie content, not b/c I'm counting calories, but b/c sometimes places that sell "Natural Vegetarian" food are still not all that healthy, what with processing and everything...But, like you, I'm willing to give it a second chance. And, like you, I'm sick and I stayed home vegetating all day. Blech.