Also spelled “musabaha,” mousabaha is a wonderful Lebanese dish that naturally falls into the vegan category of culinary endeavor.
The mousabaha at Wafa’s–a six-month-old Lebanese spot on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills–is transcendent, a piquant stew of chickpeas, tomatoes, and eggplant.
The charming place is just off the main drag, mainly featuring counter seating with a view of the stately homes of the neighborhood. The menu is somewhat impromptu, and you’re well advised to look across the counter at what Waya (the woman who runs the place) is currently at work on. Though some meat is served, many vegan options are available, including a creamy hummus, a verdant tabouleh, and a lemony lentil soup. For dessert, lacto-vegetarians should check out the rice pudding. 96-08 72nd Avenue, Forest Hills, Queens, 718-263-2757
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