By Ava Stryker-Robbins
I am a falafel lover — the fried, deliciousness of chickpeas has been a favorite for as long as I can remember. And combined with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, pickled radishes, pickles, and tahini sauce, I cannot think of a better summer meal.
Last Wednesday, I walked to Zaad — a local Egyptian-owned restaurant — in the blazing heat. Walking was nearly unbearable, but when I arrived at 107th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, where Zaad is located, I felt immediately at ease. The workers gave me a free sample of falafel as I ordered, and began to work, putting obvious effort into my sandwich. I also ordered a mango juice, which added a delicious, refreshing touch to the meal.
The sandwich was beyond delicious; the sweet, sour, and savory flavors morphed together, and the combination of fresh and pickled vegetables, just-made falafel and pita bread provided a scrumptious meal. The mango juice enhanced it, because of its freshness and cool temperature, which complemented the warm sandwich.
The experience of ordering at the restaurant, the quality of the food, and the affordability of the meal ($12 for both the sandwich and juice) brought me joy and solace from the heat.
The Restaurant: Zaad (963 Amsterdam Ave at 107th Street)
The Dish: Falafel Sandwich
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