Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Outer Boroughs >
Jan 30, 2006 02:33 PM

ISO Vegetarian Restaurants in Queens

  • d

Any recommendations for vegetarian restaurants in Queens, other than Quantum Leap, or the Sri Chinmoy restaurants, Annam Brahma or Oneness-Fountain-Heart. Thanks very much!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. d
    david sprague

    I'm a big fan of Buddha Bodai, which is on Main Street, right by the botanic garden. Happy Buddha, also in Flushing, seems to get positive reviews here, but i haven't tried it....

    1 Reply
    1. re: david sprague

      I had a blah experience at Buddha Bodai, awful at Annam Brahma and good at Oneness. Linda's Organic Market in Kew Gardens offers vegan take-out.

    2. My vegetarian, East Indian friend says that the Hindu temple to Ganesh in Flushing has outstanding vegetarian food at good prices. Not sure if you have to sit through a ceremony first or if the food is sold separately.

      1 Reply
      1. re: Cara

        The food is served in the canteen downstairs in the hall nextdoor. Also right nextdoor is Dosa Hut.

      2. I love Maharaja Sweets in Jackson Heights - 37th Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets. The Channa Bhatura, Baigan Bharta, samosas and palak paneer are all good. Their sweets and snacks that you buy by the pound are fresh and flavorful, too.

        1 Reply
        1. re: JulesNYC

          Also highly recommended is their samosa chat, two samosas with thicker-than-usual crusts to stand up to the wet chana masala that it comes in. The raw red onions cut the flavors very well. I'd pass on the pakoras, as they taste clearly reheated.

        2. Happy Buddha in Flusing is an amazing Chinese vegetarian restaurant. Much better than anything in Chinatown, and reminds of me the vegeterian restaurants in Hong Kong.

          1 Reply
          1. re: bunnymeals

            To me the Happy Buddha prior to renovation was a much better restaurant food wise and price wise. Now, after a year's wait, the decor of the place is all airy and woodsy and clean...but the food is just as antiseptic. Gone are the home cooking feel and taste.

            Hong Kong has a great variety of vegetarian restaurants...the new Happy Buddha is sort of like the Veggie XP on Wanchai road at Burrow street on the 2nd floor, where as the old Happy Buddha is more like the namelss one just a few steps away, on Burrow street between Wanchai Rd and Cross lane.

            Anyhow, back to Flushing...Just last night I was walking on Main street (toward the direction of the botanical garden) on my way to some boiled dumplings (formerly Northern Pasta House on 40 rd) at the basement in front of where Q58 bus stop is( I can't remember the street name, but it's the street after 41st Ave). Before I made the right turn off of Main street, I saw a sign for Happy Family Vegetarian Restaurant right. It was in the basement at the corner. I walked down stairs, there was first a Sichuan stand (Cheng Du Tian Fu) then this familiar smiley face greeted me where the Happy Family vegetarian stand is. Tiny. seats 4, maybe. 3 dishes plus soup over rice for $3.50. Very simple menu that's Fuzhou style. I liked that one of the choices was braised dark bamboo shoot (dried and reconstitutded kind)which the vegetarians don't usually get because it's always cooked with meat and meat bones.

            The familiar face is the young woman who used to work at Soy Bean Chen's on Roosevelt. She happily greeted me and told me that it was the first day opening! She herself is a vegetarian, too.

            Best of luck to her!

            I hope she does well. Not many places for vegetarians to eat cheaply around here, or anywhere, really.

          2. Happy Buddha had closed awhile ago, then reopened last fall at the same Flushing address, having expanded/renovated. So if you haven't been there in the last year, you haven't been there. And they have free parking.

            1 Reply
            1. re: JanetG

              I was at Happy Buddha a few days ago, and was really disappointed, since I'd made the trip out specifically for that purpose. I had ordered grilled tempeh with organic vegetables and a miso/ginger sauce. I waited a long time for it, and when it arrived it was slabs of soft tofu instead of tempeh. Apparently, they had run out of tempeh and didn't bother to tell me or ask me if I wanted something else. I didn't want soft tofu, which doesn't agree with me and which I don't care for. The waitress suggested I taste the sauce before rejecting the dish, and it turned out to be thick and gooey with no heat and little flavor. I could not even detect ginger. I rejected the dish and ordered instead a noodle dish with black mushrooms and "soy ham," a mysterious and questionable ingredient with a vaguely sour, unpleasant flavor. The dish was salty and cheap. In terms of service, I had to ask for a glass of water.