Pop Burger Creator Gives Veranda a Mediterranean Upgrade

By Friday, Kevin O’Connell, who created Pop’s mini-burgers when he was executive chef there and then went on to partner in Wall Street Burger Shoppe, will introduce a new menu to Veranda, the West Village hookah lounge that doormen and managers from nightspots like Suzie Wong’s and the Pink Elephant opened a few months ago in the space that was briefly Tasca. Yes, there’ll be a burger, and it’ll be a lamb burger, in keeping with the Mediterranean focus (you’ll also be able to get “Lamb Three Ways” — chops, sausages, and shoulder). Check out the full menu below (still without prices, but the average dish is $20), and now that it’s serving food, acquaint yourself with the space via our slideshow.

Platters & Appetizers
House Fries spicy ketchup - saffron aioli
Zucchini/Eggplant Chips skordalia - tomato relish
Meze Platter hummus - olive puree’ -eggplant spread
Merguez red pepper sauté’ - chermoula vinaigrette
Feta Tasting htipiti - sliced - Kalamata
Grilled Stuffed Baby Calamari rice - spinach - bell pepper
Char-Grilled Octopus celery - olives - oregano vinaigrette

Mediterranean tomato - cucumber - feta - olives
Beet, Arugula & Goat Cheese walnuts - orange honey dressing
Baby Spinach Portobello sliced almonds - grilled haloumi

Large Plates
Veranda Lamb Burger zucchini chips - arugula salad
Grilled Giant Prawns ouzo vinaigrette - herb croutons
Chilean Sea Bass Souvlaki red pepper pesto - almond rice pilaf
Char-Grilled Swordfish Portobello “steak” - olive vinaigrette
Market Vegetables Spinach orzo - vegetable medley
Broiled Lemon Chicken gigantes - charred lemon- kale
Grilled Rib Steak house fries - bitter green salad
Lamb 3 Ways chops - spicy sausage - shoulder moussaka

House Fries - Spinach Orzo - Roasted Potatoes - Braised Gigantes - Dandelion Greens - Fried Scallions - Lamb Chops - Merguez

Veranda, 130 Seventh Ave. S., nr. W. 10th St.; 212-255-3331

Pop Burger Creator Gives Veranda a Mediterranean Upgrade