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A Sandwich a Day: Calamari Pita at Taboonette

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Taboonette's Calamari Pita ($8.25) is good stuff, but that's not surprising considering how much we love their sandwiches and other plates. Although you can get this calamari in a large laffa wrap or with a rice plate for $9.75, the fluffy pita is our favorite squid delivery vehicle.

It's stuffed with sautéed calamari, tzaziki, chimichuri, hummus, olive oil, and a salad of cherry tomato, watercress, and arugula with herbs. The calamari is tender, not chewy at all; and if chimichurri sounds out of place for Taboonette's "Mediterranean" cooking, rest assured its blend of garlic, parsley, oregano, and white wine vinegar spices the calamari well and provides the bright acidity that is always so wonderful with seafood. The salad is crisp and fresh, and the hummus that subtly coats the walls of the pita acts a tasty glue to keep everything in place.

Taboonette

30 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003 (map)
212-510-7881
taboonette.com

About the author: Dana Abu-Dayyeh is an intern for Serious Eats.

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