Taim Falafel
222 Waverly Place, West Village

I usually write-off falafel as mediocre street food that is neither very satisfying nor healthy. However, a recent visit to Taim has changed my perception with the best version I have tasted. Spud and I tried the mixed falafel platter ($11.50) with hummus, tabouli, and Israeli salad. The salads were all high quality, but the 3 falafel flavors, green (traditional), red (roasted pepper), and harissa (Tunisian spices), were the stars. They were all flavorful, light, crispy, and not greasy. We also tried the Sabich sandwich ($7.25) of fried eggplant, hard boiled egg, hummus, Israeli salad, tahini and amba sauce. It was messy, but very tasty, with bursts of complementing flavors. Taim is tiny with only a few stools, and with a 26 Zagat food rating, it gets busy. So order take out or find their mobile truck and revisit this Middle Eastern staple.