While making $2 bets last weekend at the Saratoga horse races, Peter and I actually made $42! I know -- I was amazed, too. We decided to use if for a fun date night back in the city. The only problem with this plan is that it can be quite difficult to have a fun date in New York City for only $42.
We decided to use it one of my favorite spots, Taim, in the West Village. It's very tiny -- just a counter with six stools -- but it's charming in it's own strange way. There are large glass windows facing the street, and there are usually some odd conversations taking place inside that are well worth over-hearing.
While we were making our final decisions, we got a tall glass of the ginger mint lemonade, which is so refreshing and crisp tasting, especially this time of year. We decided to order the mixed falafel platter, which comes with green, red, and harissa flavored mini-falafels sitting on top of a giant mound of creamy hummus sprinkled with smokey paprika. There are piles of Isreali salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions chopped up together), green, tangy tabouli, and three other sauces to pour on top. We got the white pitas (they also have wheat), which come out warm and covered with dried herbs and salt. This time we remembered to order an extra couple of pitas to go along with the platter since it only comes with two and there is more than enough on the platter to make four.
I should also mention that Tiam has the best french fries in the city. Rather, they have the best french fry accompaniment in the city. It's a thick, yellow saffron aioli that is totally and completely wonderful. It's the dressing that thin, crispy fries everywhere would cry out for if they could.
All this was only $20. Leaving us with $22 to spend on movie tickets to Mama Mia!