2017-08-30 / Restaurant of the Week

Heart Beet Eatery

Heart Beet Eatery, is a welcome, unique concept in healthy eating that covers all the bases. It’s vegetarian, it’s vegan, it’s healthy, it’s outrageously delicious, and if that’s not enough, it’s also Kosher. Whatever your beliefs are, everyone should try to eat better and healthier, without sacrificing flavor. Thankfully, Heart Beet has the culinary answers for you, right on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills.

Rene David Alkalay, the socially conscious and amiable owner, is also a Board Certified Naturopathic M.D., Yogi, and Reiki Master, who believes strongly in the power and the bounty of nature to nourish and heal us. Isn’t that how it all started millennia ago? Let’s get back there now! To be perfectly honest, if you didn’t know the cuisine at Heart Beet checked all those boxes, you would just think it was great food served at reasonable prices. The charming interior features exposed brick, beet colored walls, and tables covered in white linens. We started with some of their most popular starters, such as Asian tofu shish kebab, which could easily be a dinner for one, or shared as an appetizer. Chunks of grilled tofu are laced onto a skewer with onions, peppers, and tomato, drizzled with a delicious, spicy peanut sauce ($12.99). Avocado toast makes a great lunch, composed on thick, crusty, whole grain bread, topped with buttery avocado and served with sun-dried tomato and olive tapenade. The Mediterranean platter offers house made hummus, baba ghanoush, and beets with tahini dressing, served with warm pita. The Thai green pesto soup bowl is an aromatic treat, filled with seasonal vegetables, cashews and tofu in coconut milk broth with fragrant pesto. This soup is so good, it rivals those in Thai restaurants. Soups of the day may include lentil, or beet and mixed vegetable soup.

We cooled off with a fabulous quinoa salad, tossed with romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and dried cranberries, sprinkled with pumpkin and sunflower seeds for extra protein and vitamins ($12.99). This salad, or the Israeli salad, or “Unclassic Caesar” could constitute a meal for one or a shared course.

Entrées such as spaghetti and “meatballs” or penne alla vodka are satisfying meals that even the kids will like. We dug into the black bean burger that was piled high on a toasted, multi-grain roll, topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado and spicy mayo for an entrée that we shared. This honestly delicious black bean burger was so good, you won’t miss the meat. The same is true for the Portobello Grande mushroom burger, which eats like steak. The grilled cheese is another favorite for lunch or dinner, and the Heart Beet Wrap is a whole wheat wrap filled with roasted, mixed vegetables and tofu, with avocado and tahini dressing.

“Seitan” is made from gluten and is prepared like meat for those vegetarians who are not gluten-free, and want to simulate the flavor of meat. Seitan is prepared in Heart Beet’s Philly cheese “steak” and the ciabatta “chorizo” which is spicy sausage with sautéed vegetables, onions, peppers, and apples on ciabatta bread with Dijon mustard ($15.99). All of Heart Beet Eatery’s entrees are served with a side salad and your choice of potato wedges or wild rice. We loved the sweet potato wedges for their freshness, flavor, and boost of nutrients.

Everyone loves dessert and Heart Beet Eatery offers vegan apple crisp, brownie, and carrot cake, with new options coming. There’s even a kid’s menu and a variety of organic soft drinks and sparkling juices.

With food this good, there’s no excuse not to eat healthier. Rene and his wife are also the owners of Janice’s Tree of Life Yoga Studio and The Red Pipe Café on Austin Street, with some of the best coffee and light fare around. There’s also live music and a sense of community at The Red Pipe. Rene lives a socially responsible life and hopes that others will live by three simple principles: 1. Take responsibility for your own life and the lives of others; 2. Do not destroy the environment; 3. Have compassion for all living creatures. You can read this credo in English and Hebrew on the cover of the menu at Heart Beet Eatery. With food this fresh, healthy, and delicious, who wouldn’t want to eat better and live a healthier life? To your health!

100-05 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills  718.374.3129


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