Hummus is taking over New York, one menu at a time. Pitopia’s co-owner, Kevin Cohnen says his hummus bar came about after a visit to Netanya, Israel where a friend had him try his falafel ball recipe and as they say…"the rest is history." Pitopia features crunchy falafel balls with a flavorful soft center, aka everything one would want from a falafel ball. The café/restaurant is easy to miss at first but as you come across 37th and Broadway the bright green of the front jumps out at you.
While the restaurant is small and perfect for takeaway, it packs a mean punch. The salad bar is clean and colorful featuring a wide variety of expected Middle Eastern salads and sides including fresh Israeli salad, fried and steamed cauliflower, chickpeas, beets, cabbage and an assortment of others that need to be refilled every half hour due to the hustle and bustle of this divine hummus bar.
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The hummus bar is a smorgasbord of toppings to mix into the house-made hummus. You have everything from sautéed onions and peppers to hardboiled egg which is a big hit. Everything to your heart’s content is available for mix-ins. While the customer favorite is the falafel, a preference lies with the crispy non-oily Sabich, otherwise known as tempura egg- battered eggplant that is fried up and served either in a sandwich or part of a salad/hummus bowl. The latest addition to the Pitopia menu which arrives at a perfect time is the spicy tuna. Dissimilar to its sushi-roll cousin, this is a tuna mixed with spicy tomatoes and does not have one ounce of mayonnaise.
When visiting this wonderful vegetarian hot spot, make sure to take full advantage of the array of sauces at the end of the salad bar when completing your assembly line to create the perfect falafel/hummus bowl.