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Kosher and Vegan Eatery Opens at Former Location of Wafa Lebanese Restaurant


Dec. 1, 2016 Staff Report

Just a few months after the owners of a popular Forest Hills restaurant named “Wafa” vacated from 100-05 Metropolitan Avenue, a new eatery has taken its place that exclusively serves organic, kosher and vegan foods and drinks.

“Heart Beet Eatery” has opened to great fan fare from residents who have long anticipated a new dining option that caters to their dietary lifestyles. It is the third venture of Dr. Rene David Alkalay, who also owns and operates Red Pipe Cafe at 71-60 Austin Street, and Genesis Tree of Life Yoga & Wellness Center at 102-02 Metropolitan Avenue.

imageThe restaurant seats 46 customers, and offers a wide selection of sushi rolls and smoothies. Additionally, it serves warm soup prepared daily to ease customers from the recent streak of cold and even more frigid upcoming weather.

“We wanted to open a restaurant where people leave healthier, not sicker,” said Dr. Alkalay, who says that there will be a rabbi on the premises regularly to inspect food to make sure it meets strict “Vaad HaRabonim of Queens” (VHQ) kashrut standards.

Even though all menu items are vegan, he anticipates the restaurant’s appeal to be much more widespread.


Tomato Basil Soup

“In a week, we will be serving all organic brick-oven pizza, so people won’t even know that they’re eating vegan,” said Rene.

Hot soups include the Butternut Squash Bisque, blended with cinnamon and carrots. The restaurant’s Tomato Basil soup is made with both roasted and sun-dried tomatoes.

For customers who would like something more familiar, the Rodeo Burger is offered on a black bean patty, joined by avocado, caramelized onions and spicy mayonnaise.

Meanwhile, the Falafel Burger is topped with sliced tomatoes and cucumber, hummus and tahini sauce. Both are served with either baked or sweet potato fries.

Readers can view the full menu, or place an order at their website found here.


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Crystal Wolfe

Wow, this place sounds FABULOUS! I’ve been looking for a place to get a good falafel sandwich in the area for ages! The soups and burgers and pizza and everything sounds delicious–and healthy too! I am really looking forward to this one! 🙂 The descriptions of the food in this article were really helpful too.


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