Taboonette offers amazing Mediterranean fl avors
BY GABE HERMAN
Taboonette, a fast-casual Mediterranean
and Middle Eastern
restaurant, opened a Village
location this past summer, offering a
variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner
The origins of Taboonette are in
the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant Taboon,
founded in 2004 with Chef Efi Naon.
The name comes from the taboon oven,
a traditional rounded wood-fi red oven.
The oven is also used at Taboonette,
which opened its fi rst location in 2012
near Union Square at 30 E. 13 St.,
between University Place and Fifth
Avenue. The second location, at 80
Carmine St., at Seventh Avenue South,
opened this July.
Taboonette offers counter service,
and the Carmine Street location gets
especially crowded during weekday
lunch hours because many people work
in the area, an employee noted, but it
also does steady business for dinner
with a lineup of local regulars.
Lunch and dinner options include
chicken shawarma, lamb kebab, salmon,
falafel, sweet potato falafel, braised
Dishes can be ordered in a pita or pan.
lamb shawarma and kruveet with vegetables
roasted in the taboon. Dishes
can be ordered in a pita, which goes for
about $9-12, or in a pan for an extra
$3-4, which includes rice or quinoa.
There are also add-on options such as
various meats, salmon, avocado, hummus,
caulifl ower or other vegetables.
Hummus bowls are $8 and can also
have toppings added, like meat, vegetables
or falafel. Breakfast options
are available throughout the day and
include “shakshuka” with eggs, tahini
and cilantro; “Israeli,” which includes
fried egg, tzatziki and chopped salad;
and “sabich-omg!” with eggplant,
hardboiled egg, chopped salad, tahini,
tomato coulis and amba, a condiment
with pickled mango.
Taboonette has vegan options, which
are noted on the menu, which also
notes which dishes contain nuts. There
are also salads which include arugulaherb
salad, haloumi salad, chopped
salad and warm kale salad.
The restaurant is generally popular
with Yelp reviewers, getting four out
of fi ve stars overall. Most people like
the food a lot and commented on fast
service and delivery, while some felt it
didn’t give big enough portions for the
price or didn’t think the food was quite
Taboonette is open daily from 10
a.m. to 10 p.m., and more information
can be found at www.taboonette.com.
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16 January 2, 2020 Schneps Media