Vegetarian Restaurants in Franklin Square

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Cuisine Type: Indian vegetarian & vegan friendly

Established: 2001

Reservations: Not offered

Number of Tables: 5?10

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Samosas, sweets, chaats, dosas, thali

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: None

Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only

Outdoor Seating: No

Pro Tip: Popular for authentic $5 hot lunch and dinner platters and over 100 varieties of Indian snacks and desserts

Q&A with Sheetal Talati, Owner

Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?

There are plenty hidden gems: Sweets & Ice Creams: Cashew-based confections, chocolate-covered treats, fig rolls, almond cookies, pistachio ice cream, and Kulfi sticks. Food: Kathi rolls, stuffed parathas (Indian bread), chole bhature, and pav bhaji.

Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?

All the recipes that we offer are my family recipes. Some of them were created three decades ago by my uncle and aunt who started the Rajbhog concept in Jackson Heights, NY. Since the time I opened this family franchise in Hicksville in 2001, I have several of my own creations to the menu. I have customized most of the recipes to the local clientele of Long Island.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

The menu we offer is 100% vegetarian with plenty of vegan-friendly choices. We cook our food from freshly purchased vegetables from local grocers. People come to us since our food tastes like a wholesome home-cooked meal just the way they used to eat it in the South Asian sub continent. We have over 25 vegan-friendly menu items. Our menu covers all the popular "street food" of India. We also have a diverse array of Indian desserts made with pure ghee (clarified butter) and fresh milk.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We are a 100% women-run minority business and are very proud of it. Most of my staff has been with me for a long time. We have 40 people seating, have free Wifi and have live TV playing Indian channels. Seating is casual. Ordering is at the counter and pickup is at the counter (like Panera). We are very popular for our catering services and also cater to lot of local banquet halls for weddings and parties. We offer gift baskets, gift boxes for weddings and corporate events. We cater to local non-profit organizations for charity and have been recognized by Ed Mangano. We also sponsor South Asian events at Stony Brook University, Hostra, SUNY Westbury.

351 S Broadway
Hicksville,
NY
US

Beyond Sushi

Black rice. Avocado. Pickled daikon. Jalapeno wasabi sauce. There's only one thing missing from this sushi menu devised by Hells' Kitchen finalist Guy Vaknin: fish. Okay, maybe not just one thing. The colorful, flavorful rolls are devoid of meat, dairy, and added preservatives, relying on the fresh, vibrant taste of unrefined fruits and vegetables. Six grain and black rice replace traditional white, adding nutrients and fiber while making for a dramatic presentation, and ingredients such as chia seeds and tofu lend a proteinous punch, despite the lack of tuna or shrimp. The result is a menu that is close to 90% vegan, as well as one that makes sushi accessible to pregnant women, kids, and anyone still traumatized by The Incredible Mr. Limpet. But don't make the mistake of thinking Vakin's sushi is all color and no taste––sauces such as mango chili and toasted cayenne lend a perfect blend of sweetness and spice, as do garnishes such as spicy cashews, TK: ML

229 East 14th Street
New York,
NY
US

The chefs at Asian Bowl create a wide selection of Asian fusion dishes, ranging from Hong Kong-style sweet and sour chicken to lo mein and gluten-free beef with broccoli. Vegetarian versions of almost every dish finally share the complex flavors of mongolian beef and pineapple chicken with diners used to just greens and carrots shaped like steak.

10111 Queens Blvd
Forest Hills,
NY
US

Dosa Delight's chefs prep a menu of authentic Indian dosas, samosas, and sambar with an eye for vegetarian, vegan, and kosher options. The aroma of cooking spices wafts from the kitchen into the simple dining area, where servers deliver dosas—pancakes made from rice and lentil flours and stuffed with savory or spicy filling. In a dish of vegetable uthappams, chefs sprinkle thick pancakes with carrots, peas, chilies, and tomatoes. Desserts surprise sweet teeth with unexpected ingredients, such as the gajerla's caramelized grated carrots served inside an edible jack-in-the-box.

3566 73rd St
Jackson Heights,
NY
US

Mezze Place might be a quaint Astoria restaurant, but it regularly transports diners to the far reaches of the Mediterranean with a modern menu of dishes big and small. Chefs mince and chop international ingredients—from Moroccan spices to Tunisian lamb and Greek cheeses—to create flavors more mouth-watering than a garden hose in your mouth. The bill of fare incorporates close to 20 vegetarian and vegan options, and a separate dessert menu features semolina cake with walnuts and raisins and a kataifi pastry with rose water, pistachios, and three cheeses.

31-18 Broadway
Astoria,
NY
US

Aubergine Cafe’s cups, glasses, and mugs hold everything from spiced tea to wine, beer to espresso, and hot chocolate to coffee made from fair trade Arabica beans. The food menu, though, is delightfully predictable: European bistro dishes of prosciutto and mozzarella paninis and smoked-salmon sandwiches share space with cobb salads and homemade vegetarian chili. When the numbers on your digital watch align to read “breakfast”, dig into a belgian waffle topped with fruit and scoops of ice cream delivered by "the friendliest staff anyone could ask for," according to Shecky's.

4922 Skillman Ave
Woodside,
NY
US