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Hoomoos Asli

scrittrice | Feb 16, 2003 10:34 PM

I've been on a Hoomoos Asli kick lately and just thought I'd post in case anyone has missed this place. It's on Kenmare off Lafayette, completely dumpy decor (and a little cold today--I don't think the heat was working so well, but they set up some space heaters), and really good food. We almost always get the hoomoos falafel. I finally tried the falafel at Rainbow the other day, and I definitely like Hoomoos Asli's better--they're flattened rather than round and super-crispy. I love the babaganoush there, too, and sometimes that's too smoky for me at other places. (Did you ever get something smoked that just tastes like cigarette butts?) Today we also got choolent (their spelling) and it was great--perfect hearty stuff for this weather and not as brick-in-the-stomach as cholent often is at places like Second Avenue Deli. Their pita bread is the fluffy kind, not the pocket kind, and served warm. We got a pita with zatar, too, and a jahnoon, which is a kind of doughy thing rolled up like a jelly roll and baked. That was a little dense and chewy, but it kind of worked well with the other stuff. They give you a little cabbage salad and spicy green sauce (I can't think of the name of this stuff, but it's Yemeni) and they also have excellent Turkish coffee. Plus, it's cheap--for all that food we paid a little over $40 (there were four of us).

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