Taïm

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If you’re craving some fantastic Israeli street food with a gourmet twist, look no further than Taïm falafel and smoothie bar in NoLIta.

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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. 

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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.

The Shorts:
Name: Taïm
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.

Blue Olive Market

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Located in Tudor City, Blue Olive Market is a new Greek and Mediterranean-inspired eatery and market offering scratch-made prepared foods and gourmet products.

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But, I was on a mission. I heard that they were making a Frozen Greek Yogurt, different from anything else out there. You can custom order your own by choosing your Greek Yogurt and toppings, or, select one of their combinations off the menu. Right away, I saw Rosemary and Dried Fig and knew that was the one I’d be ordering.

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They start out by chopping up some dried fig to be mixed in with the yogurt and sprinkled on top. Next, using low-fat Greek Yogurt, a Rosemary extract simple syrup is added in to infuse the flavor. Then comes the part that really sets this treat and process apart. Liquid nitrogen. Yeah, liquid nitrogen. It’s slowly poured into a mixing bowl of the yogurt, instantly freezing it up. Once the yogurt is frozen, its scraped down and spooned out of the bowl, ready to be served up.

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It’s unlike any frozen ice cream or yogurt dessert I’ve had. It’s rich, silky, and has that great tartness of Greek Yogurt. But then, you have a Rosemary flavor with a hint of sweetness. Bringing it all home are the chopped bits of dried fig adding sweetness and texture to the yogurt. Not only do you walk away with a delicious frozen treat, you also witnessed an educational science experiment.

The Shorts:
Name: Blue Olive Market
Location: 210 East 41st Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, this snack was such a treat!
Would I recommend it? Yes, they even have a Greek Salad bar, customizing your own Greek Salad.