Taïm Falafel and Smoothie Bar

Taïm Falafel and Smoothie Bar

Falafel Restaurant and Israeli Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonJuly 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Sabich Sandwich is my favorite vegetarian dish in NYC. It's loaded with eggplant, hard-boiled egg, hummus, and more but the amba sauce is the key. Read all about my visit on WinstonWanders below!! Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJune 14
    The vegan- and gluten- free Israeli restaurant specializes in made-to-order falafel available in three flavors (traditional, Tunisian spices, and roasted red pepper). Read more
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ChanFebruary 20
    These falafel balls made me reevaluate my belief that most falafels taste the same. These are perfectly crunchy on the outside and smooth in the centre. Get the falafel platter with 3 types of balls.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 9
    No matter how much time passes, we keep coming back to this downtown (and mobile) staple for our falafel fix. The perfect alchemy of spices, crispiness and unlimited toppings never fails to deliver. Read more
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaJanuary 12
    A nice vegetarian option. The falafel platter is filling with the hummus, salad, bread and freshly made falafel. The restaurant is small and narrow but there is a bench and a few stools.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 3, 2016
    "The falafel sandwich is so good here. The only problem is that I never know which flavor to get, so I get one green (herb) and one harissa." - Chef Albert Di Meglio Read more
  • Hyo Min K.
    Hyo Min KwonMarch 13, 2015
    There was a good food for lunch or dinner. And also food tastes so good. Desert food is very traditional food in Turkey. I am definitely going to visit there again.
  • Tohm S.
    Tohm SansaniSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Been going to Taim since it opened and it's the best falafel in the city. Unless you hate cilantro: order the green falafel sandwich (sans cabbage) and prepare for your taste buds to explode! 😋
  • Adam M.
    Adam MayNovember 18, 2015
    Take it from an Israeli. Best falafel in the city. From the bread, to the construction, to the different flavored of perfectly cooked falafel. Perfection. Better than most places in Israel
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 13, 2010
    Try the Sabich-Slabs of eggplant are fried into crisp, silken submission & layered into a pita along w/ shredded cabbage, Israeli salad (diced tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley), hummus, & hard-boiled egg.
  • Alp O.
    Alp OzcelikJune 1, 2014
    Obsessed with the falafel sandwiches! (Harissa is my fave.) Their truffle fries are also absolutely yummy; they come with saffron aioli and you'll be sad to see how quickly you eat them all.
  • Megan B.
    Megan BakerAugust 20, 2014
    Entirely vegetarian falafel place (the daily specials are especially interesting) with awesome gluten free options. Service can be an issue, especially at lunch, and the line situation is untenable.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SimekApril 23
    I'm pretty skeptical of places with "#1 rating" especially when they advertise it all over the front door, but I have to say this is the most delicious falafel, hummus, pita etc. I've had in the City
  • Matt Z.
    Matt ZoufalyOctober 26, 2014
    Regular green falafel with baba ganoush! Get fries with it and it's the perfect dinner before heading out to the various bars in the area. Get the hot sauce and with your falafel.
  • Celena C.
    Celena ChanAugust 25, 2015
    The Harissa falafel platter is my favorite! It comes with 7 falafel a, two refreshing salads, hummus and seasoned pita. Great smoothies as well.
  • D K.
    D KFebruary 5, 2015
    I order the mixed falafel platter and it was so good and very filling. I meant to take a photo but I couldn't wait to dig in! Only downside is the place is super tiny so taking it to go is likely.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloApril 6, 2015
    The mini-platter of green falafel is definitely enough for a yummy (but not to heavy) lunch. Four falafels in total, plus Israeli salad. Ask for extra hot sauce. Passover matzah is clutch.
  • Core Pilates N.
    Core Pilates NYCApril 12, 2012
    Huge, tasty falafel made fresh to order. Bonus: they're also gluten-free & the menu is strictly vegetarian & mostly vegan. Traditional Middle Eastern fare with a gourmet twist. Try the saffron aioli.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrightSeptember 5, 2015
    Favorite falafel in NYC and beyond. Mediterranean platter with harissa is my go-to, and the smoothies are also fantastic. Try the coconut for something light and refreshing.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 2012
    Try the green falafel sandwich ($6.25). The flavorful green falafel–fried mashed chickpea mixed with parsley, mint, and cilantro–are moist on the inside, and lightly crisp on the outside. Read more
  • Denis A.
    Denis AkhapkinFebruary 3, 2016
    Great place. Never try falafel better. Take away that falafel sandwich, whole wheat, harissa, ginger&mint lemonade. Only few places inside, but a lot of small parks in the neighborhood
  • Tom D.
    Tom DiMaggioDecember 24, 2016
    Very clean and tasty falafel sandwich, and was surprised on how great their smoothies are, too. Grab them to go, because there is very little to seating available.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the green falafel. The crunchy exterior conceals a fluffy core, with a nutty, herbaceous flavor complemented by silky hummus and tahini sauce. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Grace K.
    Grace KwanJuly 31, 2016
    First falafel place I've ever been that has multiple flavors. Very affordable and wonderfully crisp. The pear-mint-lemon smoothie is delicious and refreshing!
  • Moss O.
    Solid falafel sandwich, nice that they offer whole wheat pita! The falafel is delicious, but hummus could use a bit more zing!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 3, 2016
    "The sabich sandwich by far and away the best wrap sandwich I have ever had. It is truly special and everybody in the West Village knows about it." - Chef Daniel Holzman Read more
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 31, 2013
    "If you fancy yourself a trendsetter, try the sabich — a warm pita stuffed with fried eggplant, organic egg, hummus, Israeli salad, chopped parsley, and tahini."
  • Sloan
    SloanFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best falafel in the city. I like getting the platter - falafels, hummus, israeli salad and toubli - and taking the rest home. The harissa falafel is my favorite flavor
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 30, 2011
    Try the green falafel sandwich, "The flavorful green falafel–fried mashed chickpea mixed with parsley, mint, and cilantro–are moist on the inside, and lightly crisp on the outside." Read more
  • Alessandro O.
    Gorgeous mediterranean-vegetarian. Try the Falafel platter. Not much room for sitting and chatting: plan take-away and find a nice spot in the Village to eat.
  • Curtis S.
    best falafel in NYC. more herbacious than other places, cleaner flavors, nicer pita.... also give the pear/mint/lime drink a spin. refreshing.
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerOctober 27, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    can't decide which of the three falafel options you'd like best? order the sampler and get two of each!
  • Stavria K.
    Stavria K.August 1, 2015
    Proper lebanese falafel!! With the medium spiciness sauce! Helpful staff if you forget that the cashier was talking so fast and she did not know the menu.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoSeptember 4, 2014
    The falafel here is nothing short of excellent; cooked well, seasoned, and served hot. Get it with the green harissa sauce for some much-needed spice.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaFebruary 29, 2016
    Fresh, Mediterranean style vegetarian food. Get the classic green falafel with some extra tzatziki sauce on the side. Better than Mamoun's
  • Joy C.
    Joy ChenNovember 5, 2014
    Looks like any ordinary chain falafel joint, but it's anything but! Sabich is insanely good: silky eggplant, hard-boiled egg slices, Israeli salad, hummus, amba sauce. Still thinking about it...!
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyAugust 4, 2011
    Taim is a wonderful place as it serves terrifically authentic Israeli food and also caters to vegetarians. The falafel was one of the best we’ve experienced in NYC.
  • Alp O.
    Alp OzcelikAugust 12, 2014
    They have a special falafel flavor that changes daily; mushroom and thyme is my fave! Be sure to ask what their special is!
  • Timothy Y.
    Timothy YuanJune 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best falafel in New York! Get anything — it's all amazing (and all vegetarian!)
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    The french fries served with saffron aioli are killer. Strictly vegan, except for the smoothies. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 1, 2013
    Really hungry? Or maybe just really hungover? Get the Sabich: a pita overflowing with fried eggplant, hard-boiled egg, salad and hummus.
  • Alina K.
    Alina K.September 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget to ask for your falafel "with everything" - pickles, s'rug and amba. And don't forget to get a smoothie. Pear + mint + lemon are the perfect trio.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SMay 17, 2013
    Sabich sandwich was really tasty and the falafel sampler is fantastic. The Harissa flavored falafel is amazing. Affordable, delicious food.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedApril 11, 2014
    Taim is famous for its excellent falafel, but the real star is a drink made from dates and bananas blended with…soy milk and…lime.
  • CJ B.
    CJ BruceSeptember 4, 2014
    My favorite falafel sandwich in manhattan. Multiple flavors, whole wheat pita, smoothies, salads and more. Lots of vegan options.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyFebruary 28, 2016
    Somehow even smaller than the SoHo location, but the recommendation is the same: harissa falafel sandwich on a whole wheat pita with feta cheese added in.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel M.October 12, 2010
    Taïm is run by Food Network Chopped champion Einat Admony. You will not find a better falafel sandwich at any price in New York City. Also try the "Sabich" for something a little out of the ordinary!
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy RephloDecember 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a Sabich sandwich! Super popular in Israel, it's such a great mix of flavors and not very common to find in the US.
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJuly 21, 2015
    The falafel sandwiches are delicious. You could easily walk past this place (it's tiny and on a quiet street), but don't miss it!
  • Pooja G.
    Pooja GaneriwalaJanuary 11, 2012
    Possibly the best falafel I've ever had. Or wait, definitely the best falafel you'll ever have! Get the platter. Also try the harissa and red falafels.
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