Balaboosta

Falafel spot Taïm upgrades to broad Nolita storefront. Homey vibe carries over, with whitewashed brick walls, wood-plank ceilings, and a bookshelf that looks plucked straight from a family living room. Mediterranean and Middle Eastern bites, with sharable small plates like falafel-wrapped meatball lollipops, chicken livers, homemade pickles. Big plates for lamb two ways (sunchoke purée and Persian lime sauce), bouillabaisse with crab dumplings. Draws media hotshots.

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