First off, let me say how much I absolutely love the food at Taim in the West Village. I love that this place is vegetarian, that they cook everything to order, that it’s just hidden enough to keep the masses away, that it’s on such a cute block, and that it’s nearby P*ong and Magnolia, and I love everything on Taim’s menu. But as I’ve already recently established, a lot of street food ain’t that pretty, and falafel can look downright nasty. One more disclaimer: even though this place is ultra tiny, they do a really nice job of plating their food if you want to sit at one of the barstools. So stick around and enjoy yourself, if you can fit inside. Back to the food at hand.
So that’s not falafel at all. It’s their amazing Sabich sandwich, which is made with fried eggplant. You can probably see it’s got a lot of yummy sauce on top (tahini, I assume) and a sliced, boiled egg, and it’s packed into one of those amazing, soft, Israeli-style pita breads. Enough disclaimers — wow, that’s some really ugly-looking food. Don’t let this post dissuade you from visiting Taim. This sandwich is one of my all-time faves. I’ve had fried eggplant elsewhere, mind you, and it’s not always good like this. In fact, it can be pretty lousy. For me, the trick at Taim is the special “Amba” sauce. It’s some potent stuff. They used to serve it on the side, for dipping your sandwich, but now it’s all mixed in. I could go on and on about all of my favorites things to order at Taim, by the way, but I’ll save that for another post. For now, laugh at the photo above and my sad photographic skills, and then check a map to help you find the restaurant and give it a try.