It seems as though this small, but very sweet place, on the southeast corner of B'dwy & Bank took forever and ever to open. We've been enticed by the sign: Coming Soon. Falafels and Schwarma (or something like that).
In any event, I had lunch there with a friend today. We each ordered a bowl of the lentil soup (it was that gray, soup kinda day) and decided to split the falafel platter.
We were told shortly after we ordered at the counter that they didn't have soup. We tried to substitute an order of grape leaves....the counterperson went to the back to talk to the cook, and we sat back down and waited.
And waited. Then, the food finally arrived. The cook had decided to make the soup, then and there, but it was really nothing too special and maybe he shouldn't have bothered. It wasn't BAD, just ok...and, for some reason, it came with a pat of butter swimming in it.
Our falafel platter came with big falafel patties, which were flavorful if a bit dry, and coated with sesame seeds. And, placed on little iceberg lettuce "boats" was amazing smoky, rich babaganush, above average hummos, a side of beans (I think it was supposed to have been foul, but it was good nevertheless), a nice hunk of feta, and a chopped salad of parsley, cukes, tomatoes, and red onions. On the side was a large, freshly cooked piece of pita bread.
Overall, we were very pleased, and fought (well, politely) over the last pieces of the bread to scrape up the last of everything. (The very sweet owner/cook did offer to make us more....but one of us had a limited lunch hour....)
It's obvious that they need to learn about prepping, and maybe they will get it together in the near future. They also should be starting delivery soon, good news for those of us in the SE section of the city.
All in all, I think it's a welcome addition to the near dearth of Middle Eastern food in the city....and I will be back, but just really hope they get it together a bit...I can't imagine how long the wait would have been if we weren't the only table!
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