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LOURO, 142 West 10th Street (between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue), West VillageMy falafel journey has brought me to many different Middle Eastern restaurants around the five boroughs. But in my adventures, I haven’t spent more than $10 on a falafel order. Fried chickpea fritters are cheap and accessible. So I’m often leery of upscale falafel on restaurant menus.

Louro, a new well-regarded restaurant in the West Village, uses flavors from all over the world in their fusion, modern cuisine. Chef David Santos hails from Portugal, but uses his own cuisine as a stepping stone to create new flavors. For instance, an octopus bolognese falls somewhere between Italy and Portugal and is mighty delicious. The flavors were rich and distinct, although the sauce to pasta ratio was way off-kilter.

Kirby Goat and Falafel at LOURO

The most surprising dish was his take on falafel. Thwarting vegetarians’ favorite  food, he tops the delicate falafel rounds with bits of confited Kirby goat. The gamey flavors of the meat make the appetizer worth the $14 and added a nice fatiness that was cut with cucumber slices, fresh parsley, and a mound of lemon-mint yogurt sauce.

Here were all the flavors of NYC’s best street food, but well-composed and refined. I’m not sure I’d pick this falafel over the cheaper, more authentic versions in the city, but it’s a surprising and successful start to a global meal.

LOURO
142 West 10th Street (between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue),
West Village

(212) 206-0606
louronyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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