While staying in NYC for my annual sister's birthday weekend, I did a search for local eateries for one of our girls' nights out. I was not terribly familiar with this section of the city, but since my hotel for the week was located on 11th and 48th, I decided to stay local and embrace the neighborhood.
Good thing I did! Finding this gem on 10th Avenue and 52nd Street made for a dining experience to remember for me, Danielle and our childhood friend, Cheryl. The three of us have a long history of loving and eating food! I had previewed the menu, but they hadn't, so it was fun to see their excitement at all the wonderful offerings from which to choose.
In the spirit of variety, we ordered a great many appetizers, which we pretty much, polished off!
Now, considering that I'm a "mostly" vegetarian, I was in heaven with the scrumptious choices of non-meat dishes and specialties.
So, we started off with the most delectable trio of spreads, which included Olive Tapenade, Hummus and Red Pepper spread. The bread was similar to a focaccia but more dense. So good!! It was hard to stop eating it!
Speaking of bread, one of Taboon's signature dishes is their Sambusak which is a bread stuffed with Feta Cheese, Jalapeños and Onions. It was a total taste bud tantalizer combining creaminess and a kick surrounded by crispy doughy goodness! I had read some reviews from other diners who repeatedly commented on the Sambusak - it's a must try!
Now, while I'm not a red meager AT ALL, the presentation was absolutely gorgeous for the Kubenette, which was skirt steak with sautéed onions, bulgur wheat, eggplant, mixed herbs, topped with an eggplant-yogurt sauce and pine nuts served in a pastry puff. They reported it was equally dee-lish!
By this point, we were pretty stuffed, but managed to save some room for dessert.
We were ready to roll home after the final course!
The atmosphere of Taboon is fun and festive with a seasonal harvest feel. I'd say Taboon is perfect for a girls' night out or a fun couple's dinner of sharing and tasting!