Next Level Burger
One of the buzziest new NYC vegan spots in 2018 was Next Level Burger, which is the first fully plant based burger chain in the US. I remember seeing articles from all food publications posting about NLB's first ever East coast location months before its opening. So when NLB finally opened early 2018 in the 365 by Whole Foods in Fort Greene, I felt like a kid on Christmas day.
Next Level Burger was created by Matt and Cierra de Gruyter, the cutest couple with even cuter kids, who wanted healthy, sustainable, delicious food for everyone. The family became plant-based in 2013, and opened their first Next Level Burger location in Bend, Oregon in 2014.
The beliefs that run this restaurant are about being focused on high quality and responsibly sourced ingredients that are also organic and GMO-free. They would not feed the community anything that they would not feed their own family.
As for the food, the burgers are obviously good. They make many of their own veggie patties - some which are your typical veggie patties and others that are more meaty. I have also enjoyed their fried chicken burger, and anything made with Beyond Meat. If you’re not feeling burgers, then you can also get fully loaded hot dogs (Beyond Meat option also available) or fries (optional: get them covered in chili or sauce). Their milkshakes are dangerously addictive and perfectly sweet, and they’re made with a coconut or soy soft serve. In addition to the classic flavors, they incorporate seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice in the fall.
I think what makes NLB so special is this community that Matt and Cierra are feeding. They want to make sure that everyone can eat something awesome, healthy, and affordable. Trust me, you can get full for $10 here. This is especially important in Brooklyn, and it's a focus of Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Leroy Adams to have healthy, plant-based residents. In fact, Eric (basically a vegan celebrity at this point) came to the Burger Opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of NLB. So there you have it, I recommend it, and so does the Brooklyn Borough President, so you have to go!
Next Level Burger @ 365 by Whole Foods
292 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217