The Oneness-Fountain-Heart Vegetarian Restaurant
157-19 72nd Avenue
Flushing, NY 11367
Photo: Russell H. on Yelp
Photo: Minhan S. on Yelp
We’ve been looking to try restaurants with different cuisines lately, so we were excited when we were told about Oneness-Fountain-Heart, a vegetarian restaurant in Queens. We checked out their menu online and read all about how it is owned and operated by students of Sri Chinmoy. Neither of us are vegetarians or that familiar with the late meditation teacher’s work, but since we’ve been trying to eat healthier, we were intrigued to try it out.
On a street corner in Flushing is this little place you can escape to for delicious, healthy food, peaceful surroundings and relaxation. As soon as you walk in, you see all the clean whites and blues, a small water fountain and wall decorations of Sri Chinmoy’s art. Soothing meditation music and the sound of the water fountain set the mood for a stress-less meal.
We went for a late lunch, and there was no one else dining in the restaurant, just a few people in and out who ordered take out. As soon as we were seated, water glasses were brought to the table with our menus. After looking over the pretty large menu, we saw there really are options for just about everyone. The dishes are from a wide range of cultures and they offer Gluten Free and Vegan Options as well. We decided to try the Nacho Blues, Souvlaki Fountainopolis and the Southwest Burger, as well as a Very Berry smoothie and Thai Iced Tea.
The Very Berry smoothie of mixed berries and banana was a light, thinner version of something you’d get at someplace like a Jamba Juice. The Thai Iced Tea was strongly brewed tea with heavy cream floating on top, and a nice accompaniment for any meal. We brought the kids so naturally they want anything we have, that being the berry smoothie, so we asked one of the waiters if we could get another one in their to-go cups (just a paper cup with a lid), and the waiter was confused, like he thought we wanted to leave. It seemed like there was a little bit of a language barrier, but they figured it out and the kids were happy with their smoothie.
It wasn’t long before our food was served. The Nacho Blues topped with black beans, cheese, tomatoes and sliced jalapeno was served with homemade salsa, guacamole and sour cream. It was tasty, especially the creamy guacamole, and a great start to the meal.
The Souvlaki Fountainopolis looked great from the second it was placed on the table. Served with brown rice, greek salad and tzatziki, it was a familiar dish, just with mock meat. We weren’t sure at all how vegetarian “beef” would taste, but to our surprise, it was absolutely delicious! The seasonings were spot on. The tzatziki was a little different than what we’re used to since it was mostly shredded cucumber, but it was still very good. Almost like a cucumber-yogurt slaw. This is definitely something we’d order again and again and we actually prefer it to traditional Beef Souvlaki!
The Southwest Burger is new to their menu and isn’t on their website yet. It is a black bean and quinoa “burger” with sliced avocado, pickled jalapeno and red onion. It had great seasoning, texture and flavor that kept me from missing any kind of real meat. I had a choice of mashed potatoes with gravy or salad, so I chose the salad, with a Mango dressing. When it was brought to the table, it was served with chips and guacamole, so I just reminded the waiter that I ordered a salad, and he quickly remembered and brought it back to the kitchen. As he walked in I heard him ask someone if they looked at the ticket, and quickly after the plate was brought back out with a beautiful looking salad. The salad had lettuce with shredded carrot, shredded beets, diced cucumber and topped with micro greens. The mango dressing was sweet and while delicious on the salad, I thought it would be better served with a dessert. Turns out, it is served with their desserts!
We were so impressed with the food, we decided to try dessert as well. The Vegan Chocolate Cake tasted delicious, and although it was a little dry, the chocolate frosting and drizzle on the plate was perfect for that. The Berry Dream which is a light cashew cream with berries was light and fluffy, delicious and had the mango and a berry drizzle as well.
The entire time we were there, we felt welcomed and never rushed. The atmosphere lends to that as well. Staff were polite, accommodating and friendly. The whole meal was terrific, unexpected, and refreshing. We wish we could eat like that more often, and Oneness-Fountain-Heart has opened our eyes and inspired us to do just that.