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Aug 21, 2007 09:33 AM

What happened to ChickPea??!!!??

Went to Chickpea on 14th and 3rd yesterday and was really disappointed.

Looks like they're baking their falafel now.

What's up with that?

It tasted dry and bland.

This used to be one of my favorites snack places in the city.

Next time you're there tell them to go back to the fried version!

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  1. Oh No!!! THis is my favorite falafel spot in the city. I hope it was just an off day.

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    1. re: princeofpork

      I don't think it was. The woman there said they're baking they're falafel!

      They're doing it for health reasons!

      I don't care about my heart!

      I want good falafel!

        1. re: aram

          I'd never eaten there but passed by one recently, thought "hmm, falafel?", took a few steps inside, saw the sign that said "baked", and turned around without a second thought. That's a selling point? To whom? Fortunately my neighborhood place is both decent and deep-fries, so I guess it's just more for those people who actually prefer it dry and tasteless. LOL

      1. They're serving up odd little cylindrical falafel pucks now, completely devoid of
        flavor. Unpleasant, but edible if you pour plenty of tahini and harissa over them. Ive crossed Chickpea off my list for good.

        1. There was an article in NYM about ChickPea started to bake their falafel instead of frying as they are starting to expand.

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            i'm so sad!

            THere's got to be a rule against restaurants that have a good think going changing.

            McDonald's would never change the secret sauce on it's big mac.

            And chickpea shouldn't bake their falafel.

            1. re: aram

              I loved Chick Pea a while back but for the last month or so I was not impressed. rumor has it that it is new mgt.

          2. I ate there Sunday. I would say that anyone who takes a perfectly good product and makes it worse has courage.
            It's a lot more expensive, the hummas even with the flavor was nothing great, and the place was empty. I give them 6 months.

            OTOH Moaz has lines out of the store. (well deserved I might add -)

            1. Yup, they only have baked falafel now. I was pretty disappointed because it just doesn't taste the same anymore. I liked the crunchiness. :(