"You must go to Taim... You must go to Taim"
My sister haunted me with these words ever since my last trip to NYC last November. "They make the best falafels EVER!", I kept hearing her say it. I didn't get a chance to go on my last trip and she was quite persistent that I make the trip this time. For someone who's not into falafels, or deep fried food for that matter, her acclaims had led me to wonder how good this place actually is. To led my sister, a non deep-fry eater to rave about the food, this place must be something special.
On my last day to roam NYC, despite having a rather large brunch a few hours earlier, it wasn't about to stop me from making a trip to the last place on my list, Taim, home of the best falafels. Located in the West Village, we arrived the small and humble space to find a long line up of patrons (mostly in their 20's - 30's) spilling from inside the shop. Although it wasn't so much a sit-down spot, and more like a get in and get out kinda deal with techno mixes blasting in the background. It didn't really go with the setting, perhaps some Jack Johnson or something more alternative would be better, but I didn't mind :)
If Taim was a clothing line, I think it would probably be a Lululemon kind of place; healthy, humble yet in trend, and expensive. Their falafels are always freshly fried and because they use the 'freshest' ingredients. Somehow. they made me feel healthier after eating them.
If you are on the go, their wraps are quite popular. There was a variety of middle eastern/Mediterranean salad and platters to choose from. Since we already had lunch and just killing time before dinner, we picked the falafel platter to share. I believe it was around $11-12, which was not exactly a cheap bite. There were 3 types of falafel; red (roasted red peppers), orange (Tunisian spices), and green (parsley, cilantro and mint). They were all really tasty, but my favourite was the green since it carried a lot more herby flavours. The crispy bites were sitting on top of creamy hummus and sided with salad, tabouleh, and whole wheat pita bread.
Hands down, these were really good falafels. They were super crispy on the outside, tender inside without the overly grainy texture. The spices they put in make them that much more delicious. You don't really need any condiments or sides to enjoy them. The tabouleh and salad were refreshing. The hummus was smooth, creamy, and fluffy. The pita was toasty and not dry or stale (always a plus). Despite its higher price than average and me being full from the start, the dish was worth the value.