Restaurant Review: Soom Soom

Soom Soom
166 West 72 Street
(between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue)
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Vegiboys Rating (3/4)

Upper West Side falafel haunt Soom Soom caters to veg-heads and Kosher crowds alike, and their culinary considerations are not at all lost on these audiences; the patrons are a varied and loyal crowd from every imaginable Judaic sect, as well as local neighborhood falafel fans, all of whom keep this joint a jumpin’ most nights of the week.

Not unlike the city’s other vegetarian falafel chains, the menu is simple: all meals include a falafel-filled pita, with an open salad bar available to stuff your own toppings. Pickled beets and a red chili sauce are among our recommended additions, and we also piled on some onion, cilantro, chili peppers, and yogurt. The food is really good – the falafel is crisp with a nice moist interior, and the pita had a good flavor in itself, but attention is given to the quality of the salad bar as well, and the add-ons we tried were all very fresh and well composed.

Our combo meal included a spiral of delicious haglil fries (certainly fried, but not overly greasy), and some thick and long sweet potato fries. Soom Soom offers fresh home brewed iced teas to drink, and the mint-infused black tea brew I chose was very refreshing, as was a homemade lemonade that Brian drew from their fridge.

At $11 each, the restaurant offers a full meal at a good value (their Crazy Mondays deal has a buy-one-get-one-free opportunity that is especially popular), and with a solid atmosphere and great food, it certainly deserves notice from the wider NYC vegetarian community.

Food (3.5/4)
Atmosphere & Service
Value (3/4)

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