Being a Texas girl, I’m used to Texas-sized food portions. Not saying this is the healthiest or best way to eat by any means–far from it. It’s just that growing up there meant that I became accustomed to my plate being piled high and having limitless free refills in already outrageously big cups (I went home recently and actually had a moment where I had to stop and just stare at the glass because it was so freakin’ big). So, you know what makes me happy? Going to a restaurant where they don’t skimp and you get the most bang for your buck. That’s what makes this Texan happy.
The Hummus & Pita Co. may not give me an insane amount of gooey, cheesy enchiladas on an insanely large plate (oh, how I miss those meals), but it does give me a TON of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food, all in one order. Hummus & Pita Co.’s website proudly states that everything they sell is homemade and fresh, from their pita and laffa bread to their meats cooked in a traditional taboon oven. Like Birdbath Bakery, they also see themselves as an eco-friendly business and exhibit that in their restaurant decor–the tables and walls are made from reclaimed and recycled materials.
What I love about this place is that there are so many options for how to get your meal, and it seems like they really try to provide you with as much customization and toppings/fillings as possible without charging you too much. First things first, you have to decide what’s going to be the main filling of your meal. Falafel, vegetarian (pick two from their “Fill It” section), gyro, shawarma, chicken, or steak are your options for this step. Next up, you pick if you want that in a pita, laffa, bowl, or platter. This is where you really have to read the menu carefully. While each of these options comes with hummus, the number of “Fill It”s you get depends on which way you go. “Fill it”s are things like Israeli cous cous, Moroccan beans, baba ganoosh, beet salad, stuffed grape leaves, fried eggplant…you know the good stuff. But before you get cranky that you may only get one of these, don’t worry–Hummus and Pita Co. has your back. No matter what way you decide to make your order, you get an unlimited number of toppings, which are things like tomato, hot peppers, pickles, olives, feta, and cucumber, plus you get one sauce, like tahina, tzatziki, or chimichurri.
Yes, there are lots of steps and decisions to make in this process, but the menu lays it all out for you and includes all the specifics for how much it’ll cost to add or change different things. You’re not going to get hoodwinked here, though it might take you a while to process everything that’s going on on the menu, and guaranteed you’re going to get a lot more food than you originally thought you would. I got the gyro in a pita with the spicy eggplant as my “fill it” and lettuce, tomato, red onion, and feta as my toppings plus tzatziki for a sauce. What I got was a monstrous pita sandwich that left me incredibly full halfway through eating it. Can’t complain about wanting more “fill its” when I get something as stuffed as that!
Perfect for a lunch you can split over a couple meals or a quick, filling dinner, Hummus & Pita Co. is a great deal for quite a lot of food.
Gyro pita with spicy eggplant, lettuce, tomato, red onion, feta, and tzatziki
New York, NY 10003