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Two New Food Trucks: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream on Upper West Side; Taim Launches Truck

Van Leeuwan ice cream truck. Photo: Laura B. Weiss.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream & Coffee. I know it’s December, and ice cream isn’t top of mind. But Van Van Leeuwan’s is so creamy and delicious, that maybe your could bundle up and treat yourself to this special frozen indulgence.

Pumpkin pie and egg nog are on tap for the season. Also, their new truck with a permanent spot at Tavern on the Green (67th & Central Park West), operating daily from 8am-6pm, will be serving coffee and espresso drinks.

Other daily ice cream specials will include vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two Michel Cluizel chocolate chip cookies smothered in hot fudge, Ricotta Pound cake with ginger ice cream and caramel sauce, and a gianduja meringue sundae, the company reports.

And with seating in the Tavern’s food court for over 200, you can enjoy some of the comforts of a traditional eatery.

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Green Falafel, Tiam, New York. Photo:

Taim Falafel and Smoothy Bar. Taim, the hole-in-the wall falafel place in the West Village, with its crunchy yet tender falafels, is rolling city-wide. Just three days ago, they launched their first truck.

Taim Falafel Food Truck Starts Rolling through New York. Photo: Taim.

The mobile unit will feature items like their signature green falafel and to-die-for, rich-beyond-rich, date-banana-lime smoothies.

Will they show up on the Upper West Side, a natural consistiuency for their food?

Assan Malik, who works at Taim restaurant, says that the truck may well journey to the Upper West Side.

“It will be” there “at some point,” he said, “but we don’ know when.”

The schedule is decided every morning, so check their twitter feed: @TaimmMobile.

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Upper West Side Restaurants: Falafel, Druze Restaurants Turn Neighborhood Into a Middle Eastern Mecca

Soom Soom. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

If you want falafel or maybe something more exotic from the Middle East, the Upper West Side is sprouting an array of joints to help you sample cuisines from around the region.

Soom Soom, which opened recently on 72nd Street just east of Broadway is a falafel lovers delight. The golden orbs are perfectly fried, then tucked into loaves of pillowy pita. Best of all is the salad bar-like set up which allows you to pile your falafel high with all the veggies and sauces—not to mention endless tahini—that make a falafel a meal in itself.

I went wild at the salad bar—to the point that my sandwich was really a tower of  toppings with the falafel shoved into the bottom of the pita almost as an afterthought.

Also new to the neighborhood is a restaurant serving up Druze cuisine. Another Gazala Place, which already has an eatery in Hell’s Kitchen, is to be situated at 380 Columbus Avenue, near 78th Street, Grub Street reports. Druze dishes are similar to those found in other Middle Eastern countries, but instead of pita, the Druze use a thin crepe called sagg.

Not on the Upper West Side, but yearning for a great falafel?

Click here for Serious Eats’ Best Falafel list.

Soom Soom

166 West 72nd Street
New York, NY
212 712 2525

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