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Chickpea

dccd | Mar 19, 2004 10:40 AM

While in the neighborhood for a show, went to the "Name our restaurant" place last night, called "Chickpea"...near St. Mark's Place

When my friend and I first walked in, I thought I was in a Subway (the Sandwich place.) When you enter there are two guys standing behind the counter, donning gloves, and ready to add any of one or all of the condiments (reserved in a refrigerated well, Subway-style) to your order. The ordering may be difficult, because the menu is placed, oddly, above your head and you'll need to take a couple of steps back from the counter to read it. If dining in, which we did, one may choose the front counter-type area, or retreat to the "back room" designed as if to dine in a Moroccan style restaurant, but decorated with Target leftovers...one banquette spanning the length of the circular, faux finish-space, knee-high stools which accompany knee-high tables and inset nooks and crannys shaped like mosques.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the food...Well that's because the decor was more memorable...For less than 20 bones, we had a falafel, schwarma and hummus, and two cups of soup. It cheaply sated our curiosity and filled our need for a quick 10 o'clock bite, but I think next time I'll go to the guy with the cart on the corner. His falafel's are tastier...

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