For Middle Eastern food, I have another go-to spot in the East Village (one that also serves meat), but for healthy date nights with my very special loved one, the outdoor tables at Hummus Place are Romeo-approved.
Hummus, as can be expected, is very tasty at Hummus Place. There are many variations, but for those that want the closest thing to meat, there’s the hummus mushrooms ($10), which is the restaurant’s smooth and creamy hummus topped with meaty sautéed mushrooms, onions, and olive oil.
For something fried and crunchy, there’s the falafel plate ($4.50), with tahini and spicy green sauce, which are always freshly fried…
but don’t forget a side order of pickles and olives for a few dollars more. You need something tart and pickly for contrast.
Falafel and hummus are my staples, but there’s other dishes to round out the meal. Stuffed grape leaves ($4.50) in a mint yogurt sauce tastes healthy and not too leaden.
Roasted eggplant ($4.50) with tahini and lemon dressing is equally pleasant and not the oil-sponge it could be.
But maximum healthiness comes in the form of a tabouli salad ($9) comprised of quinoa, tomatoes, parsley, and mint. At $9, it’s a bit pricey, but I like that it’s made with quinoa rather than bulgur.
In terms of alcohol, there’s a very limited drink menu, but they do serve a Mediterranean Mojito ($5.5) made with lemon, mint, and anise wine. The anise is very mild, so those licorice-averse shouldn’t worry, but those who like a stiff drink will probably be disappointed. Although as drinks go, this tastes, like everything else at Hummus Place, quite healthy.
And while Romeo and I aren’t too keen on vegetarian food, we do enjoy a night out, and Hummus Place makes sure it’s not too painful.