Taïm Mobile Falafel & Smoothie Truck: Tel Aviv Falafel By Way of New York
In 2005, chef Einat Admony and her husband Stefan Nafziger, homesick for their favorite Tel Aviv street food, opened their own falafel shop on Waverly Place. Five years later, and with much anticipation, they launched the food truck version of Taïm. And while some of New York City’s chicken and lamb carts might not be too happy about their presence (don’t worry Moroccan mystic on 21st and Fifth, you and your secret eggplant and onion stash have nothing to be insecure about), most of Gotham’s street lunch seekers are, especially those who don’t eat meat (though it’s a welcome break for even the most ardent carnivore). The menu features the standard falafel sandwich with hummus, Israeli salad, pickled cabbage, and tahini, as well as platters and salads and sides made from just about the same ingredients. But you shouldn’t miss the special red pepper falafel they frequently offer, and make sure to ask for everything (and extra of it) and they’ll add s’rug (Yemeni hot sauce), amba (pickled mango chutney), Israeli pickles, and spicy peppers for a spicy, crunchy, wet, delicious mess.