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Filling up at the Pump

iron frank | Jun 8, 2002 02:27 AM

I made my way through another free meal at the Pump, a health food joint, which is having a grand opening at a new 21st St branch.

They put out coupons in the Times but they're not really necessary as they're giving them out at the door too. While the coupon tells you there are only two sandwiches offered it doesn't tell you everything they have on the currently limited menu (limited until they bring out the usual tome chock full of cooking time charts, gazillion protein permutations, and various nutritional info.) is free. Free refills, free cookies...etc.

That's all great but the only thing really worth eating is the sandwich. I got the baked felafel and it's pretty good. It comes in a folded over, unopened, whole-wheat pita. The falafel is smashed so if you're expecting something crispy forget about it. It's more like middle-eastern thanksgiving stuffing. It's just like the Govinda's cart near the WTC used to serve. It's total overkill of flavors with tomato sauce, hummus, and the felafel mash living separate yet tasty lives on top of each other. It's more heavily spiced than I expected though there is one spice, I think cumin, that overwhelms. Overall it's a perfectly nice mess of flavors that is very satisfying.

The desserts like the sweet potato with banana and a granola coated apple pie are in need of a heavy dose of spices(namely nutmeg and cinnamon) but are generally inoffensive and sweet enough for someone like me who isn't a huge sugar fan. The oatmeal cookie though could be used as a coaster for the Crystal Lite drinks they're also giving out for free.

Enjoy free until tommorow.


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