Other than being fried, falafel and fish and chips don’t seem on the surface to have much in common. They both have personal significance to Sivan Harlap, though, who was inspired by her Israeli heritage and her husband’s Scottish one when developing the menu for her Lower East Side bar and the takeout annex next door. As it turns out, both of these snacks make excellent pub grub—the herby green falafel stuffed into a puffy pita or encasing an “Israeli Scotch egg”; the tender pollack fillets coated in a sufficiently crisp Narragansett-beer batter and served as is or tucked between two thick slices of Pain D’Avignon brioche. Everything on the tiny menu, in fact, is carefully cooked and unfailingly delicious, and the pride Harlap and her partner, Andrew States, take in the details is evident: the homemade tartar sauce, the tender-crisp hand-cut fries, what Harlap hails as the city’s best pita (she may be right). We’re also fond of the setup. Order and pay at the kitchen window, and you’ll never have to wait for a check.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.