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New falafel place in the West Village: Taim

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New falafel place in the West Village: Taim

enrevanche | Jul 31, 2005 07:41 AM

Taking over the space vacated by the late, unlamented Curry Curry on Waverly Place: "Taim," a tiny little Israeli falafel joint/smoothie bar. They just opened last Wednesday, having papered the neighborhood with menus the week before.

Taim is really more of a takeout or delivery place than an actual eat-in restaurant, although they do have a couple of stools to sit on inside, and a nice bench to perch on outside.

Last night, my wife and I tried the following:

-- Mixed falafel platter (three kinds of falafel - green, red pepper, and harissa) with hummus, tabouli, and Israeli salad

-- Moroccan carrot salad

-- Green cabbage salad (just shredded fresh green cabbage tossed with lemon dressing)

-- Side order of fries.

First, the basics: the falafel was really quite good, especially the red pepper variety. The salads on the platter were just fine, and the whole wheat pita we requested was warm, thick, and fluffy.

The carrot salad was the real standout dish: spicy, tangy, garlicky and sweet. "I am," my wife announced as we chewed, "in love with this salad." I agree.

The cabbage salad was light and refreshing; very nice.

The only disappointment was the fries, and this is just a logistical problem with takeout, not really the fault of the restaurant: while they had an excellent flavor, as did the aioli that accompanied them, the fries sat in their box just a couple minutes too long, and had gone a little limp. Next time I pass the place while hungry, I'm going to order a plate of fries and a glass of lemonade and eat the fries sitting on the bench outside, to see what they're really like, but I can't recommend getting them as takeout.

I *can* recommend getting *everything else we tried* as takeout, however. And there's a long list of things we haven't tried yet, including their fresh-fruit smoothies, which I'm looking forward to checking out.

Prices are reasonable considering the very high quality of the food; portions are modest but not unconscionably so. The order listed above, which came to $20 and change, was easily enough for two people, and I'd much rather pay a little more for a little less food if the quality's right. (I've never been a fan of the "pound and a half of crap in a styrofoam tray for $7" falafel joints... not that I'm naming names.)

Taim
222 Waverly Place
New York, NY
212.691.1287

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