Taïm is a nice shop among many eateries in Nolita that in particular offer something that the others don't- a speciality in falafel based sandwiches and they do it consistently well under Chef Einat's direction. Service is tops and replete with courtesy. The taste of every sandwich I've had have been nothing but exceptional, which makes it an easy decision to return time and time again
I discovered Taïm more than 2 years ago, as I was searching for the best falafel in the city. And it truly was for me the best one. Then, they opened an outpost in Soho that I did not get a chance to try until recently. Taïm (pronounce Ta-eem, that means in Hebrew tasty, delicious) is an all vegetarian small joint that will flabbergast you. Well, you know, I love my burger, steak or chicken, but I never refuse an invite to go there.
It is a small place, so do not go with a large group unless you want to eat your meal somewhere else.
Falafel is their specialty and they serve them in three different flavors, as you can see on the photo above. So, we decided to go with a falafel sandwich, made with hummus, israeli salad, pickled cabbage and tahini sauce. Our choice of falafel was the traditional one, made with parsley, cilantro and mint.
As you can see, they are generous with the tahini sauce! And these falafel, they were so good: not greasy, a bit crunchy and tasty. But, the highlight of the meal was the sabich, a delicious sandwich composed of sliced eggplant, fried to order, with an organic egg, parsley, hummus, israeli salad, pickled cabbage, tahini sauce and amba, a tangy mango pickle condiment popular in Middle-Eastern cuisine, that was literally dripping.
We definitely inhaled this sandwich, fighting for a bite. For sure, it is a bit messy to eat, but who cares!
To go with our meal, we ordered some of their specialty drinks. Fresh ginger-mint lemonade for me (great if you love ginger):
Pomegranate-Honey Iced Tea for Jodi (interesting taste):
I am still convinced that Taïm is...
Taïm Falafel and Smoothie Bar
latergram, dinner last night w my sweet bf. falafel platter w hummus, Israeli salad, tabbouleh & fantastically fluffy pita. awesome fresh vegetarian delish firsttime
a decent Greek salad even if it's a slight fuzzy photo. crunchy whole wheat pita "croutons", olives, super tasty feta & lemony dressing. salad healthy tasty feta
The #sabich platter at the original @taimfalafel shop just might be NYC’s finest quick & casual. #Eggplant, boiled #egg, parsley, #hummus, carrot salad, sauce: delicious (@sexysammies shares my joy - but votes for the sandwich version, of course) (at taim)
NYC's Best Falafel
Why Come Here? Have your opinion of falafel changed forever, one of NYC’s best sandwiches
Years ago, I was highly skeptical that falafel had any business in a carnivore’s pita pocket. Every time I had tried the ball of spiced, mashed and fried chickpeas, I found it either too soggy, too dry and just plain lacking in flavor. Why would anyone substitute this for juicy shwarma or chicken kebab I wondered. Then a friend introduced me to Taim, and my mind was blown.
Taim is a kosher, vegetarian Israeli restaurant focusing on the falafel. The name means “tasty” in Hebrew, although that’s an understatement for how good their falafel really is. It’s one of those game changing renditions that makes it feel unfair to refer to it by the same name.
Taim’s falafel comes in three types: green (cilantro, parsley & mint, my personal favorite), red (roasted red pepper) and harissa (Tunisian spiced). The balls are made fresh – which it’s now clear is the only way to eat falafel – leaving them crunchy on the outside and moist inside. You can get them as a platter with salad, but I must highly recommend the sandwich which is perfectly topped with their spectacular hummus, tahini sauce and Israeli salad. Not matter how much you think you don’t like falafel, you need to give it a try.
Taim currently has two locations, plus a truck. The original is in the West Village and justifiably received a 9/30 in decor from Zagat. It’s basically a food counter with seating for four so have another place to eat in mind when venturing over (the steps across the street are popular). The NoLiTa location is slightly larger seating maybe 15 and adds some wood paneling so you don’t feel like you’re eating in a commercial kitchen.
Falafel Sandwich (4/4 stars) All the ingredients from the falafel to the hummus, [tahini] to the pita itself are fantastic and in perfect portion. If you feel the need to add something, I recommend their pickles or housemade hot sauce.
Israeli Salad (3/4 stars) a fresh and refreshing mix of tomato, cucumber and parsley
Hummus (3/4 stars) Whenever I go here, I pick up a side of the hummus to bring home. It’s smooth and creamy with just a hint of spice.
Sabich (3/4 stars) The fried eggplant in an interesting change of pace and some people love it. I’m not a big fried food guy and I can’t justify ordering it over the falafel.
If you’re craving some fantastic Israeli street food with a gourmet twist, look no further than Taïm falafel and smoothie bar in NoLIta.
You can grab a seat at their wrap-around counter seating, or, take your food to go. Everything here is made daily with the freshest ingredients, and menu items go from smoothies, to sandwiches, to salads. I love Middle-Eastern food, and I’ve had a ton of it. So, I was up for the challenge for these guys to impress my well trained taste buds.
They’re said to have a famous Falafel Sandwich (hummus, israeli salad, pickled cabbage), so, what better place to start than that. I got mine on Whole Wheat Pita with their Green Falafel (parsley, cilantro, mint). So…this was indeed maybe one of the best falafel sandwiches I’ve had. Yes, it’s true. Not only was this sandwich crazy delicious, it was hearty as can be. The tahini sauce comes on the side, and I could probably just do shots of it, it’s that good (well, maybe not, that’s probably gross to do…). The falafel has an amazing texture, it’s crisp on the outside and almost meaty on the inside, savory with great spiced flavor. The fresh tomatoes and pickled cabbage (which is a fantastic slaw just on its own) add a crunch and balance that tie everything together.
Taim Falafel is a Falafel restaurant located in Nolita that gets an overall four stars from reviewers. The food here really shines and with its fresh and large portions. This is a great spot to grab lunch and a smoothie.
Customers really enjoy the fresh options on the menu here. The hummus sandwich and eggplant salad get rave reviews from customers and the portions are large leaving them satisfied. This place is also famous for its smoothies which are not to be missed.
Taim is described as having a modern atmosphere in a cozy space. This is a small space with some bar seating that some feel gets hot and stuffy when crowded but they do offer take out as well as eat in. Most recommend take out when busy because of the limited seating.
The staff is friendly and offers good recommendations of popular items that don't disappoint. The food can take a while to prepare and the place can get crowded which is a downside for some reviewers as it is not a quick lunch, but most feel it is worth the wait.