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A Sandwich a Day: Sabich at The Hummus Shop

In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

These days, finding decent hummus in New York is far from impossible. That said, there are some restaurants that rise above the rest. We loved Israeli chef Shai Zvibak's Local 92; here's his more casual hummus and falafel spot, The Hummus Shop.

The quick-service restaurant manages to be warm and aesthetically appealing despite the narrow and somewhat cramped space. It's hard to go wrong with any of their hummus-based dishes (including hummus by the pound), but we like the sabich sandwich ($6.49) as well.

The sandwich starts off with warm, thick, pita, encompassing a huge, almost overwhelming slice of fried eggplant. Next come generous chunks of warm potato and creamy hard boiled eggs. The subtle notes of these two ingredients are complemented well by nutty tahini, crunchy bites of pickle, and slightly spicy amba sauce. All of this is rounded out by the hummus, which is rich but refreshingly smooth, and melt-in-your-mouth creamy. But we'd recommend you ask them to hold the tomatoes; their bland texture and flavor don't do much to elevate the other ingredients.

The Hummus Shop

101 Ludlow Street, New York NY 10002 (map)
212-260-0661
thehummusshop.com

About the author: Ari Rudess is a Serious Eats intern and student at Wesleyan University. You can check out her Wesleyan food blog at www.wesstuffed.com

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