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All Hail, Falafel!

I underestimated the modest little falafel. I was expecting some great things, sure, but I was also anticipating lots of dry and dense chickpea balls. Greasy, soggy, and mealy were words I used very rarely in my falafel reviews. Of course, I stuck with the most renowned and popular falafel spots in the city. I’m sure terrible falafel is out there somewhere, but we’re also blessed to be rolling in the good stuff.

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Category: Falafel

My search for the best falafel in New York continues….

TAÏM, 222 Waverly Place (between West 11th Street and Seventh Avenue), West VillageAsk anybody who’s even remotely well-versed on NYC’s falafel scene to name the best falafel in the city and you can pretty much guarantee the name Taïm will pop up. It’s been a favorite of the food world since Israeli chef Einat Admony and her French husband Stefan opened their modest little West Village storefront in 2005.

Since then, they have expanded to include a food truck, a second Taïm location in Nolita, a more upscale Israeli restaurant called Balaboosta, and will soon open Bar Bolonat. But how does that original falafel still stack up?

Well, let me put it this way. Taïm translates to tasty in Hebrew and the name is quite fitting.

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Category: Falafel

For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

Flavors are something I usually associate with ice cream parlors – certainly not with falafel joints. But husband and wife Einat Admony and Stefan Nafziger prove that flavors don’t need to refer to just their smoothies (which come in delicious combinations like date/lime/banana and pear/mint/lemon).

They’ve reinvented Israeli street food and now you can try their ground chickpea balls (the definition of falafel) in three recurring flavors: Red (with specks of roasted red peppers), spicy Brown (tinged with harissa chili), and the traditional Green (glowing with fresh mint, parsley, and cilantro).

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