If you're visiting Little Italy in Chinatown in New York, get ready to eat well. But you have to know where to eat—and just as importantly, where to avoid. This guide aims to break it all down for you, handy printable map included.
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I was only vegan for a month. February—the shortest month of the year—at that. Not long enough to comprehensively explore the many vegan options in this city, but long enough to befriend some new favorites that I otherwise might have scanned past on a menu as a flexitarian.
Being a vegetarian in New York isn't the challenge it used to be, but that doesn't mean it's always easy. Sure, most restaurants these days offer one or two decent vegetarian options, but sometimes you don't want the pasta or a meal made cobbled together from side dishes. With that in mind, here are 60 recommendations for restaurants that accommodate vegetarians without disappointing carnivores.
We'll just come out and say it: we really love hummus. We have no problem with grabbing some pita and calling it dinner. And then there's tahini, the sesame paste that improves pretty much anything it touches. We love that too.
Like everyone at Serious Eats, I dig Taïm's falafel. But it's their salads that I really love: bright orange carrots with cumin, earthy crimson beets, sultry eggplant mush—these are things I would like to eat more of, all the time please. Enter the Hummus Sandwich ($6).
Einat Admony makes the city's best falafel at Taim and some of its best Israeli food at Balaboosta. So where does she go to buy ingredients like hummus, eat out with her kosher parents, and take care of that knafeh craving? Take a look to find out.
Vegetables can be incredibly tasty when done right, and yet when most people go out to eat, they tend not to order a vegetarian dish unless they're, well, a vegetarian. Here are 30 examples to make you reconsider.
At long last, the Nolita branch of Taïm officially opens today. The space is five times larger than the original one on Waverly Place in the West Village, and makes the same amazing falafel we love.
We chatted up Mike Martins, the truck's Operations Manager, after selling out one busy weekday. While there were sadly no leftovers to snack on, we got some interesting scoop on the food truck industry (who knew they traded lunches?), and the secret to Taïm's falafel recipe.
As we've seen, there are some tourist-frequented spots that really do serve good food. But where do we think tourists should go? Here are a dozen places that we think visitors to our fair city shouldn't miss. (Pizza, bagels, burgers, Italian-American spots, picks for Food Network and Top Chef fans, and the best way to get into great restaurants for less cash—it's all here.)
When we were brainstorming vegetarian options for the Serious Eats Sandwich Festival, the crisp-shelled, light-on-the-inside falafel from Taim immediately came to mind. Conveniently, Taim now has its truck sibling, Taim Mobile, to travel on the Governors Island ferry with us to the festival and fry falafel fritters to order. Hungry yet? Obvious next question, have you bought your tickets yet?
Who doesn't love french fries? We've long been looking for New York's best, and decided that the city's fries deserved more than a post—they needed a column of their own. Here's TGI Fry-Day, your weekly dose of deliciousness. Got a...
It's hard work, but someone had to do it: hunt down the best falafel sandwich in New York. What makes it the best? Falafel with crispy shells and tender interiors, not too dry, with a good internal balance of chickpea, parsley, and spice; pita that's fresh-tasting and delicious; sauces and toppings that add to the total package. Here's the Top 7, ending with our winner—the best falafel in New York.
There's more than a bit of tongue-in-cheek in the naming of Balaboosta, the new Nolita Middle Eastern restaurant from Einat Admony. The term translates to "the perfect housewife," Admony has been quoted as saying. But I've yet to see the "housewife"—at least, one without a formal culinary background—who can turn out dishes of Balaboosta's sophistication.
Although Israeli eatery Taim is known for having one of the best (and my favorite) falafel sandwiches in the city, about a third of the time when I visit I don't crave falafel, but a sabich pita sandwich. Instead...
Midtown Lunch is running a "Best ___ in Midtown" readers poll series as we round up the year, and today's topic: falafel. I know voting can get personal, but Ed told me his, and now I'm telling the world—Moshe's Falafel...
AM New York lists six "falafel places that are worth the wait," including a Serious Eats favorite, Taim. Mamoun's, on the other hand, is definitely not worth the wait....
Photograph from Robyn Lee on Flickr A couple of weeks ago, before Robyn skipped town to frolic in Bologna she told me that she was going to dinner with friends to a place, which she announced had the best...