Hello, Eat Offbeat. Laterz, Postmates.
After immigrating to the US a few years ago, Lebanese sisters Manal and Wissam Kahi decided to start a business in NY after their search for a decent hummus ended in defeat.
Now, Eat Offbeat has been offering delicious dishes from all over the world since 2016 and employing refugees from places like Nepal, Tibet, Iraq, Syria, and Eritrea.
In a commercial kitchen based in Long Island City, they cook their favorite dishes from back home, like spicy, tomatoey Nepalese manchurian or Iraqi potato kibbeh. Many of these chefs learned to cook at home and are literally making the food of their mothers and grandmothers.
“We want New Yorkers to see that refugees have a lot to offer.” Wissam Kahi told Huffington Post. “We want them to see that they are bringing in something great. And we can show that through their food.”
The price is right—a 3 to 4 course dinner will set you back about $20. If you’re in the NYC area, be sure to visit their site for more info on how to get in on this good grub.
Everyone else, stay tuned – after reaching their Kickstarter goal, Eat Offbeat is in the works to release a cookbook next year called Eat Offbeat: The Cookbook (Refinery29 gives us the full scoop) which you’re going to want to snag the second it’s off the press.