I am researching the nyc falafel market-
can all the food experts give me their opinion on which places are their favorite in the following catagories?
salads- which one?
take out containers
Though I've never ordered falafel there (I like the Purple Joe with eggplant/hard boiled egg), the hummus and the pita at Pita Joe are amazing. And cheap! I really like the whole wheat pita bread, its very fluffy and always fresh. Its near Union Square on the SW corner of 14th and 5th. They also have a good selection of lemonades, which change daily and can include iced tea or guava flavors. The staff there is really nice, and I'm not sure why store design is on your list, but it's pretty small yet has adequate seating.
Taim in the West Village is, in my opinion, the best in the city for falafel balls and overall falafel sandwich. They use fresh ingredients and their falafel are light. That's not to say that they aren't filling--only that they don't sit likes balls of lead in your stomach. They also offer falafel in three flavors: green, red, and harissa. I agree that Pita Joe deserves honorable mention.
For hummus, I think it's a draw between Hummus Place and Mimi's Hummus. Both serve their hummus with warm, fluffy pita--not that flat, dry stuff you buy at the market. As I recall, Mimi's also throws in some pickles and olives.
Hummus Place is a local chain with locations on the Upper West Side, and in the East Village, West Village, and Greenwich Village (proper). I particularly recommend the Hummus Masabacha, which is hummus with whole chickpeas, spices, and a parsley sauce on top.
Mimi's Hummus is Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, and is well worth the trip on the Q train. A server there described their hummus as "velvety"--a sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree. It may be the smoothest hummus I've ever had.
222 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014
71 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
2 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
Another vote for Pita Joe. Excellent falafel itself, freshly-made pitas (both white and even better, whole wheat.) Home-made lemonade in several varieties (but of course I always have the mint.) My favorites of the salads are the Israeli, Moroccan beet, and white cabbage. And I agree with Jess that the service is really nice!
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