When I heard of Hasting’s Taiim Falafel Shack, I knew I was going to love it. Not only is it an awesome concept (a restaurant devoted to falafel and all it’s fixings), but it also has a really cool name. “Taiim” means “tastes good” in Hebrew. But I think the food here tastes awesome.
With its colorful walls and fun décor like “Keep Calm and Eat Falafel,” Taiim has a fun, informal atmosphere. There are a few tables inside, a counter that faces the street and on warm days like today, the front of the restaurant was open air.
The menu consists of sandwiches ($6 – $10), platters ($15 – $18) and sides, like Israeli chopped salad, Taiim salad, hummus, babaghanouj and tabbouleh that come with pita ($5 – $9). You can also get chicken shish kebab, burekas (Middle-Eastern puff pastry with spinach, feta cheese or potatoes), burgers with Middle Eastern spices wrapped in pita and, of course, the most delicious, perfectly seasoned falafel.
We ordered a Chicken Shawarma Platter that came with pita, tahini, hummus, Israeli chopped salad (YUM!), pickles, turnips and olives, and yellow rice for $15. We also got a falafel sandwich to split ($6) and pita with zatar (a scrumptious seasoning made from sumac, thyme, white sesame seeds and salt). I haven’t had zatar on pita since I was in Israel. It’s like the taste of an everything bagel times 100.
Taiim doesn’t just serve homemade hummus but many flavors of hummus like preserved lemon, spicy cilantro, tomato/roasted garlic, fresh basil, spicy red pepper, fava bean and olive.
Taiim Falafel Shack reminds me of a restaurant in a cool college town or the lower east side of Manhattan and is the kind of place that attracts a following. I know I’ll be back for more. In fact, it’s been two days since we went to Taiim and I’ve attempted to make Israeil chopped salad with dinner every night since. But it’s definitely not as good as Taiim’s. The shack rules!
If you’re new to Hastings, Taiim is located on Warburton Avenue, a street with plenty of metered parking. You can park for two hours, visit some shops and have lunch. If you’re looking for something to do after lunch, swing by MacEachron Park , a park with majestic views of the Hudson River and a playground for the kiddos. The park is about a fifteen minute walk away or you can hop back in your car and park closer.
Taiim Falafel Shack, 598 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; 914-478-0006
Open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30am to 8:30pm, Friday & Saturday from 11:30am to 9pm. ***Note: Closed on Sundays and Mondays.