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Thursday
Feb092012

Opening TODAY! The Hummus & Pita Co.

  • Restaurant  The Hummus & Pita Co.
  • Cuisine  Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
  • Location  585 6th Avenue (near 17th St.), Manhattan
  • Phone  212-510-7405
  • Directions  Hopstop
  • Atmosphere  fast casual, spacious, eat-in or take-out, modern
  • Attire  casual
  • Ideal for  small groups, 1x1, foodies, take-out lunch or dinner
  • Price  affordable

There are many perks about being a food blogger.  But, if I had to choose, I'd have to say that getting invited to incredible events, restaurant previews, and tastings would be numero uno. 

Last night, I was sent to a restaurant preview party in my own neck of the woods:  The Hummus & Pita Co.  This isn't your typical "fast casual" Mediterranean, folks.  Think an "assembly line," of sorts, a-la-Chipotle, where you build your own dish from the following delectable ingredients:  handmade regular/whole wheat pita and laffa breads (laffa is a flatbread) baked fresh in the tandoori oven, in-house taboon-roasted meats, falafel, original and flavored hummus varieties, bourekas (my personal favorite), gyro, shawarma, schnitzel, 23 different salads, soups, and handmade desserts!  Additionally, there are 6 types of domestic and international (think Morocco, Greece, and Israel) beers available.  Whew! 

With all of these decisions, there's still one more that guests need to make:  dine-in or take-out?  Should one choose to stay put, they will certainly enjoy viewing the culinary acrobatics behind the glass enclosed open kitchen.  Natural stone walls and eco-conscious design elements create a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Oh, and did I mention that there's *free* Wifi?

And, now...the fun part!  Please enjoy my captioned photo collage, below:

Tandoori ovenSpit-roasted gyro and shawarma

Seasoned pita crisps!Warm, freshly-baked pita breadHalf and half: (left) pita bread, (right) laffa flatbreadHummus love!Assorted hummus varietiesAssorted veggiesHerbed carrotsChopped Israeli saladI had a fantastically delicious evening at The Hummus & Pita Co.  From the lovely space to the incredibly fresh, handmade food, I am confident that this single operation on 6th Avenue will soon become a multi-location franchise.  As far as fast-casual Mediterranean goes, there's nothing on the landscape quite like it in terms of space, variety, ingredients, and a commitment to making and baking and roasting everything in-house/from scratch.  I'm so thrilled to be able to tell you all, with enthusiasm, to get over to The Hummus & Pita Co. and experience this delicious concept for yourselves!

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Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle     

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Reader Comments (2)

I love hummus! Was it heavy on the tahini and how balance was the flavor? :)

February 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkim

Hi Kim! The hummus was not heavy on tahini at all. The place has the most amazing baked breads (laffa and pita) and I cannot wait to return and try the falafel! :)

February 12, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Lady Who Lunches

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