Veg*n Lunch at Annam Brahma // Coffee, Tea & Dessert at Panorama Cafe in Queens!

*UPDATE: PLEASE BRING CASH--Annam Brahma only accepts cash, but there is an ATM in the deli next-door if you need one*

Could you use a sanctuary of calm and peace right now? I know my hand is raised. With the polar vortex winter roller coaster upon us and post-holiday work frenzy, it can be such a challenge to unwind and relax. Let's gather with new and familiar friends to share the wonders of Annam Brahma Vegetarian Restaurant and Panorama Cafe, tucked away in Jamaica, Queens, (where I happen to teach and live). They're just a 5-minute walk from each other through an incredibly diverse area with Greek, Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, West Indian, Dominican (...ran of breath, but there's more!) influences. Be prepared explore new, exciting world veg*n cuisine with an Indian twist, followed by tea/coffee 'n' dessert, including many raw and gluten-free vegan sweets! 

*Itinerary: Lunch at 1pm at Annam Brahma. Tea/coffee and dessert at Panorama Cafe at approximately 2:30pm-3pm, time flexible to when the majority of people are finished with lunch.

Annam Brahma and Panorama Cafe are run by the spiritual community of the Indian guru Sri Chimoy, who espoused principles of vegetarianism, meditation, and...wait for it, physical prowess. A NY Times article gives a rather colorful introduction Annam Brahma: 

"On 164th Street in Jamaica, Queens, there is a vegetarian restaurant called Annam Brahma with a series of photographs on its rear wall showing a bald man in his 70's doing one-arm dumbbell lifts, going incrementally, over 18 months, from 40 pounds up to what is claimed to be 7,063 pounds.

It sounds like a bar bet, but it is Sri Chinmoy: powerlifter for world peace. Mr. Chinmoy is a spiritual guru and founder of a worldwide empire of meditation centers based in Jamaica." (July 1, 2004)

You don't need to follow the principles of Sri Chinmoy to enjoy the light, healthy, and truly delicious food of Annam Brahma and Panorama, but you will surely appreciate the lovely atmosphere. 

The Queens Press review states: "The Indian vegetarian style cuisine — primary dishes are vegetable based — weren’t bland or cooked with the wanna-be meats commonly associated with vegetarian dishes.

Curry is often a main spice used to season the vegetables, yet ginger spice was the prevailing aroma from the food.

I started out with Pappadam, a light-weight, spicy and fried Indian bread — the crunchy wafer is mouth watering and should be enjoyed with a curried dish for added ascension.

Meat eaters like myself may be particularly impressed with burgers that vary in style.

The gardenburger, saladburger, tofuburger, vegiburger, curryburger, twinburger and cheese griller are interesting, appetizing and have healthy kicks as they are served with wheat pita bread and fries on the side.

On the side of any main course, you may select from chutney, brown rice, sautéed tofu, steamed vegetables and more.

Reasonable prices...meals start at $5, which does not include a variety of salads, soups and desserts."

If you want to check out the rest of their menu, look no further than here: http://www.annambrahma.com/menu/

After lunch (depending on when the majority has finished), people have the option of joining us at the Panorama Cafe just a short stroll through the neighborhood. 

http://www.panoramacafe.org/our-menu/

Subway Transit Directions: Take the F train to Jamaica (E train doesn't go to Parsons Blvd on the weekends and you will end up in downtown Jamaica) and exit the Parsons Stop. There are two subway exits, so if you are in the first few cars of the F train, that will bring you closest to Parsons Blvd, where there is a subway operator booth. Once you pass the turnstiles, turn left and walk up the stairs. You should see a couple of schools up the hill on Parsons Blvd. Walk uphill on Parsons Blvd, cross the street, and turn right onto Hillside Ave at the high school. Continue walking on Hillside until you reach 164th Street and turn left. You will see Annam Brahma on your right. 

If you're taking the subway, as an added treat, you'll likely walk by Guru Health Foods, Divine Robe Supreme--where female disciples get their beautiful saris, Guru Stationary, and other businesses that cater to this spiritual hub on the way back to the train. 

Car Parking: Super easy! There's almost always parking space in the neighborhood. No permit needed, just look for the parking signs for guidance.

Looking forward to meeting everyone in my home 'hood and sharing terrific veg*n goodies! 

Peace!

-Jade

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  • veda w.

    It was a pleasure attending another meet-up and socializing with such positive members of the group. The atmosphere was inviting and the cuisine was excellent and quite tasty. The desert was delicious and certainly I would dine there again. A pleasure to meet Jade and David once more and as usual you all did an excellent job. I was honored to be in the company of Grace, Jim and Joan who shared the table with me. I truly enjoyed their conversations. My friend, Kelly sends a special thanks to the group for this outing and she truly enjoyed being in attendance of such an exciting and positive group. Kudos to Jade for her hard work and dedication enabling this event a success. I definitely enjoyed the day!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 · February 10, 2014

    • Jim

      Hi Veda, Thanks for the shout out. I enjoyed your company, too, and look forward to seeing you again soon. That Saturday afternoon was exactly as you described it. It was a pleasure to be at the table with you and our new friends.

      2 · February 10, 2014

    • veda w.

      Jim thanks for your response and kind words definitely we will meet up again

      February 11, 2014

  • Joan S.

    Hi Veda,

    Thanks for your nice comment about our time together at Annam Brahma! I also enjoyed getting to know you, Kelly, Grace, Jim and Karen. Thanks you guys for an enjoyable afternoon. I hope to see you all again at a future event!

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Mara

    The food was excellent and we had an amazing turnout.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Howard

    This was a lot of fun. Thank you so much to Jade! I'm already planning another trip out to Annam Brahma and Panorama Cafe.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • David G.

    This was surely a five-star Meetup, so expertly organized and wonderfully hosted by Jade. I had heard about Sri Chinmoy's vegetarian restaurant in Queens for decades, but had never gone. So grateful for the opportunity to go, it was delicious. But what really made this an amazing Meetup were all the wonderful people -- all of our fantastic members, plus the very lovely staffs at the two Sri Chinmoy affiliated restaurants. So happy to hang out with all our great members, you guys are the best. A huge thank you to Jade for her brilliant organizing and extremely gracious hosting.

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • Jim

    Fantastic MeetUp! Jade is a terrific organizer - welcoming, gracious and attentive. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Thank you, Jade!

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • Jhancarlos

    Very well organized, food was delicious and inexpensive, people was friendly, and organizers very attentive. Special thanks to Jade for her great work

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Agnes M

    I had a great time eating delicious treats and chatting with great people. The atmosphere in both locations was very warm and inviting. Thanks Jade!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Kaaron

    Wonderful. Great turnout of wonderful people.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • js

    thank you jade for hosting this lovely lunch.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Jade

    Thank you to all the lovely people who came! It was a wonderful experience with delicious food, fabulous desserts, and very kind service.

    February 8, 2014

  • Jo

    What a wonderful time I had! Great people and delicious food! Many thanks to Jade for planing this outing!!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Joan S.

    This was my first meetup as a participant and it was just wonderful! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, the atmosphere was lovely and the food delicious!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Andrea

    Is Parsons Blvd the nearest subway station?

    February 8, 2014

    • Jade

      Yes, on the F train. You can refer to my directions at the bottoms of the event description.

      1 · February 8, 2014

  • Kayte

    Sorry--feeling very sick. Have a great time all :)

    February 8, 2014

    • Jade

      Sorry to hear that. Feel better!

      February 8, 2014

  • Kaaron

    Confirming on Tuesday morning that intend to attend this event (so you can count your "reservations required" total as mentioned you your latest 3mail. I will bring plenty of Cash for my meal. See you threre.

    February 5, 2014

    • Jade

      Great! Thank you for your conscientiousness, Kaaron! See you then!

      February 6, 2014

  • derrick b.

    LOOKING FOWARD TO MEET NEW PEPOLE AND EATING LOL

    January 21, 2014

  • David G.

    Looks amazing, Jade! Thank you very much for organizing all this for us!!

    January 21, 2014

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