My daughter wanted a vegetarian restaurant, or at least a place that had options for several vegetarian options, and she found this small restaurant on Urban Spoon. It is a bit off the beaten path--on 51st street--but just a short walk from the subway. The daughter had falafel, I had a combination plate that I wasn't sure how to tackle--it came with pita bread--whole wheat--made fresh by the owner's wife every morning. Scrumptious--no meat to be found, but I didn't miss it, and I live on meat. The owner immigrated to the US and says when he started out in the restaurant business (decades ago?) he experimented with many recipes for falafel before coming up with the recipe he's had for many years. He was impressed that I had made it from scratch myself. We had a great conversation--which I wasn't expecting due to reviews comparing him to the Seinfeld soup nazi. He was he friendliest owner I have ever met. There is actually a photo of Jerry Seinfeld visiting the Azuri!! on the wall. While we were there, many people from their neighborhood stopped by to pick up take out orders and I realized it was also a Kosher restaurant. My meal was huge--we had a great health drink he recommended, and we had a great experience, too. This is a small cafe--but enough seating due to people coming in and taking their dinner to go. I will be going back next month--the owner is expecting me with my vegetarian friends. And I know I will enjoy it.
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