I don’t mean to sound like a hummus snob, but the truth is, I can’t stand most store brand hummus. The absolute worst was the one served in my college dining hall. Talk about industrial-grade paste. I’m fine with some brands if they’re on a sandwich with lots of cucumber and tomato. But I would never eat it by the spoonful. There is a hummus, however, that I would eat by the spoonful, and it comes from The Hummus Place in New York. The Hummus Place opened about six years ago in a tiny space on St. Mark’s Place with no more than ten tables. That original space has now doubled in size and they’ve also opened three more locations.
The hummus is really beyond words. They offer four different preparations of it, each dressed to perfection. On this visit, we ordered the hummus fava which is topped with whole fava beans, tahini, organic hard boiled egg, olive oil & spices, pictured above, and the hummus masabacha, topped with whole chick peas, olive oil & spices. The hummus is silky and flavorful. The olive oil adds richness and the beans add a warm hearty texture. The green sauce on top is lemony and brightens up the entire dish.
The hummus is served with white or whole wheat pita. The pita is insanely thick, fluffy and steaming when you tear it open. The hummus is best consumed by taking a hunk of warm pita and swiping it strategically through the hummus so that you get a little bit of each of the elements in every bite. It is pure hummus nirvana.
This was my first time trying the falafel at the Hummus Place, which is served with tahini and green sauce. Straight out of the fryer,the inside is tender and moist, not at all dense, with a perfectly crusty outside.
I traveled to Israel in 2006, having already eaten at the Hummus Place several times. I was delighted to find that the hummus in Israel was just like that at the Hummus Place, in both taste and presentation. So while a trip to Israel, might not be in your immediate future, you can at least get a taste of the food in New York.
The Hummus Place
109 Saint Mark’s Place