Maithil and I had a date night in the West Village last night. I planned a low-key, casual night which resulted in amazing food and new finds. First stop, the sort of hidden Taim (tah-eem). I had heard rave reviews about this tiny vegetarian falafel spot and it lived up to every word. Taim undoubtedly served the best falafels Maithil and I have ever had. The menu, while it offers many different combinations, is pretty straight forward and your meal is either served in the form of a pita sandwich or a platter.
Maithil got the Sabich Platter (slice of eggplant, fried, topped with a sliced hard-boiled egg, tahini sauce, and served with Taim’s moroccan carrots and israeli salad) and I got the Mixed Falafel Platter (a sample of Taim’s three different falafel flavors, served with hummus, tabouli, and israeli salad); all platters are served with white or whole wheat pita, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and zahatar seasoning. The sampling of all three falafel flavors was an ideal choice for a first-timer. Now I know that I would get the green (traditional , with parsley, cilantro and mint) or the harissa (with Tunisian spices, spicy) over the red (with roasted red pepper) which was a little too strong in the roasted red pepper flavor. The warm and cool ingredients for each dish were fresh and all of the various flavors on the platters, from the creamy and smooth hummus to the tree distinct dipping sauces, blended together beautifully. The platter portions were just right for a fulfilling dinner.
The shop is small, with about six stools along the transparent wall which overlooks the bench seating for about three or four outside. Thankfully, we were able to get two seats since we just barely missed the dinner rush which made the space feel tight and cramped. I hope they expand their location or open up another location that is larger to accommodate the demand. Also, the counter service needs to be improved with a friendlier staff. Finally, the only other down side was that Taim is cash only. Their profits would definitely rise if they accepted credit/debit cards. Regardless of these setbacks, the food at Taim is scrumptious and this has now become our new favorite falafel place.
Taim Food Tally: $10 each + tax = $22.78.
Taim Score: 5/5 (food); 3.25/5 (service/ambiance)
Taim Address: 222 Waverly Place, near 7th Ave., NYC; www.taimfalafel.com
“Eat, Drink & Be Merry”
After dinner, we went to Sweet Revenge for dessert. It’s a cupcake, beer and wine bar located in the West Village, which, at a glance, looks like a simple, laid-back, cozy wine bar. We started by sitting at a small table in the back and then moved to the slightly more private, better lit window ledge overlooking the street, right before our treats arrived.
Every day, patrons can choose from a choice of five cupcakes, four signature flavors and one artisan, flavor of the day. Each cupcake is masterfully paired with a wine and a beer, giving the customer some choice. Maithil decided to get the Dirty Cupcake (valrhona chocolate cake with dark chocolate truffle) with the beer pairing, the Kopparberg Pear Cider, from Sweden and I opted for the Crimson & Cream (raspberry red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting) with the wine pairing, the Raspberry Bellini.
Both large cupcakes looked decadent and tasted incredible with the drink pairings. The frostings were smooth and creamy and the cake was dense and tasted more like a piece of actual cake rather than a cupcake. Of the two, I preferred Maithil’s because his cupcake as well as the entire pairing was richer in flavor and not as sweet as mine. This unique spot is perfect for a date or a gathering with friends; I can’t wait to return. The only thing that could have improved our experience is friendlier service. Sweet Revenge also offers a light, savory menu as well as a brunch menu.
Sweet Revenge Food Tally: Cupcakes, $3.50 each; Beer Pairing, $11; Wine Pairing: $10; Total+tax+tip=$35.
Sweet Revenge Score: 4.25/5
Sweet Revenge Address: 62 Carmine Street, between Bedford and 7 Ave. South, NYC; www.sweetrevengenyc.com