Is there anything you can't do, Taboonette? Dessert now, too? You're too kind.
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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.
You know a restaurant opening is an important one when, a few months later, you can't imagine New York without it. 2012, despite plenty of closures even before a catastrophic storm that crippled, closed, or delayed so many restaurants, was a fantastic year for eating in the city. Here are my favorites of the year: not just full-service restaurants, but the odd bakery, cocktail bar, and Mediterranean lunch joint thrown in for good measure.
Looking back on 2012, here are the bites and slurps I remember most fondly. From oysters to fried chickpeas to soba and uni, here we go...
This list isn't everything, but it is eighteen ways to answers to the question. From Flushing to Bay Ridge to the Lower East Side...and back to Flushing, here are the bites that made my year.
It's been a great year for sandwiches in this city. We found new loves in pastrami and patty melts. We celebrated grilled cheese in all its oozy forms. We even hacked a few sandwiches of our own. Here are 30 standout sandwiches we had this year.
Ever since our first visit to Union Square's Taboonette, we have been on an arguably obsessive mission to eat our way through the entire menu. This time, we tried their Salmon and Egg ($6.75). It might be listed as a breakfast sandwich but lucky for all of us, it is served all day.
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.
Taboonette's Calamari Pita is 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.
Stuffed with roast cauliflower, meltingly soft eggplant, and lots of creamy hummus and tahini, this pita sandwich is something of a pillowy vegetable hug.
We go through a lot of sandwiches in this city, from corner deli classics to highfalutin' double-digit price tag gourmet numbers. Some are good, some not so good, and some are great. And then there are the ones that make us remember just why we love sandwiches as much as we do—sandwiches that get us inspired. What recent sandwich finds are stuck in the crave centers of our brains? Take a look to find out.
At first glance over the menu, I thought we'd write about a few sandwiches from Mediterranean/Middle Eastern sandwich shop Taboonette and leave it at that. But after tasting said sandwiches, we went back and ordered just about the whole menu. The takeaway? Union Square has an awesome new casual food option.
At Taboonette, the newly opened offshoot of Taboon in Hell's Kitchen, pita sandwiches are the focus of the menu. There are classic kebabs and chicken shawarma, but I'm partial to Baked Salmon ($8.75), a filling number that still manages to be light and fresh.