If you’re craving some fantastic Israeli street food with a gourmet twist, look no further than Taïm falafel and smoothie bar in NoLIta.
You can grab a seat at their wrap-around counter seating, or, take your food to go. Everything here is made daily with the freshest ingredients, and menu items go from smoothies, to sandwiches, to salads. I love Middle-Eastern food, and I’ve had a ton of it. So, I was up for the challenge for these guys to impress my well trained taste buds.
They’re said to have a famous Falafel Sandwich (hummus, israeli salad, pickled cabbage), so, what better place to start than that. I got mine on Whole Wheat Pita with their Green Falafel (parsley, cilantro, mint). So…this was indeed maybe one of the best falafel sandwiches I’ve had. Yes, it’s true. Not only was this sandwich crazy delicious, it was hearty as can be. The tahini sauce comes on the side, and I could probably just do shots of it, it’s that good (well, maybe not, that’s probably gross to do…). The falafel has an amazing texture, it’s crisp on the outside and almost meaty on the inside, savory with great spiced flavor. The fresh tomatoes and pickled cabbage (which is a fantastic slaw just on its own) add a crunch and balance that tie everything together.
Location: 45 Spring Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? You bet your bottom dollar.
Would I recommend it? Tis the season to get Taïm, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-fel.