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Vegan Take-Out from Tamam Falafel & Dinner in Central Park
May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm GMT-0400
**Come any time between 7:00pm and 7:30pm to pick up your dinner.**
Join us to pick up our dinner at Tamam Falafel in Upper East Side, a Middle Eastern vegan eatery. After picking up our dinners we’ll head west to Central Park. We will find some sturdy benches to enjoy beautiful evening.
VegOut: “Restaurateurs Simon Oren and Tuvia Feldman have joined forces to open Tamam (Arabic and Hebrew slang for “thumbs up”), a 100% vegan falafel restaurant that specializes in falafel, but also serves dishes like Cauliflower “Shawarma,” Eggplant “Sabich,” Hummus Bowls, and sides of Israeli Salad.”
VegOut: “Oren’s first foray into the restaurant world was operating a falafel pushcart called ‘The Energy of the Middle East” when he arrived in New York from his native Israel. On opening Tamam, he says, ‘As an Israeli, my mother put hummus in my baby bottle, and falafel was the first solid food I ever ate, so it was natural that my first food business was a falafel cart in 1979. Since then, I ventured to other cuisines and opened many restaurants, but it is falafel that is near and dear to my heart.’”
There are many standouts per The Beet: “… the Eggplant “Sabich” Plate is a must, with the crispy eggplant savory and crunchy, and the perfect complement to a drizzle of amba sauce, a piquant condiment made of pickled mangoes and spices…” or “…the Cauliflower “Shawarma” Sandwich, stuffed with roasted cauliflower, a choice of Israeli or cabbage salad, and pickles (watch out for the hot yellow pepper if you don’t like heat) and served with your choice of sauces like amba, tahini, and zhug, a herbaceous Yemeni hot sauce.. ”
How about the pita? Per Washington Square News: “…the consistency of the pita. It was thick and fluffy with a slightly charred surface, just like freshly-baked pizza crust. Inside the pocket was a concoction of Israeli salad, pickles, herbs and tahini — which was smooth and creamy but not too runny. This mixture of fillings balanced out the indulgent pita, making each bite just as refreshing as the one before it. ”
And, “The star of the show, of course, was the falafel itself. Crispy and not overly oily, the falafel balls at the bottom of the pita pocket added a richness in flavor and texture — it was like stumbling upon buried gold after hours of wishful digging… ” Washington Square News
You can order on location or online for pick up. For online [https://www.toasttab.com/tamam](https://www.toasttab.com/tamam).
For those of you who have never attended one of our Meetup events: this is an incredibly friendly & welcoming group. It will be easy to find our group: we will be congregating in front of Taman. Also, everyone pays for their own meal. Easy!
**Where to Meet:** Please meet us right outside the restaurant after you have picked up your take-out dinner. After ordering, we will walk over to Central Park as a group.
**Added By David:** After picking up our dinners, we are walking to a beautiful small lake in Central Park called the “Model Boat Sailing” lake. On our way to the lake we will visit a very large brass-looking statue of Alice in Wonderland, including both Alice and many characters from Wonderland. I will now bore you with stories from my childhood. 🙂
About the Alice in Wonderland statue, the story is simply: I used to climb on the statue a lot when I was a kid.
About the Model Boat Sailing lake, the story is: One day when I was about seven years old my mother took me to the Model Boat Sailing lake, after getting me a small plastic boat. When we got to the lake, many children had already placed their model boats into the lake. I walked up to the lake’s edge and in went my boat.
For a while I kept a close eye on the boat, watching its every movement. At a certain point, after looking away, I could no longer see the boat anywhere. The lake is not huge, but it was crowded with other boats, and I could no longer see my boat. This was quite upsetting to seven-year-old me.
My mother and I both sat by the lake and walked around, and almost certainly I would have climbed on the statue that day.
A few hours later it was time to leave and I was standing by the lake. I looked down at the lake’s edge right where I was standing, and there was my toy boat! I was thrilled to have it back.
Funnily enough, I have heard and seen the same story from other people over the years. Is there a moral to it?
I think even my seven-year-old self took something out of that, and it was a lesson I can now better affirm as someone slightly older. 🙂 As life takes you on unexpected twists and turns, you may get lost for a while. But as things proceed, you look up at a certain point, and discover that you are exactly where you needed to be.
**Train Directions:** The closest trains are the (4) (6) to 77th St, and (N) (Q) (R) to 72nd St. Please note any MTA reroutes during the day of event.
**Come between 7:00pm and 7:30pm**
Join us for a delicious Tamam Falafel takeout dinner in Central Park.