This Monday, June 12, keep an eye out for Taïm’s food truck, as the acclaimed falafel sandwiches from Chef Einat Admony will be doled out gratis in honor of International Falafel Day, a holiday that celebrates the age-old deep-fried ball of chickpeas and/or fava beans. The origins of the falafel remain a matter of debate, but a group of Coptic Christians from Egypt, who ate the famous street food during Lent, are often credited as its originators. Over time, the falafel has become synonymous with regional pride and identity for many Middle Eastern countries. The founder of International Falafel Day, Ben Lang, cites unity as the main reason for initiating the June holiday.
Devotees of Taïm’s traditional-style Green Falafel sandwiches — made-to-order pita pockets stuffed with crisp, fresh falafel and a bevy of creamy, tangy, and crunchy accoutrements — can track the whereabouts of the Taïm truck on Instagram (@taimfalafel); the falafel purveyors will be announcing each giveaway location about an hour before each of the three stops they will be making throughout Manhattan.
Word on the street is that Taïm plans to park its truck at its usual spots, along with a new location requested by long-standing customers. The giveaway will be timed to a lunch crowd (11 a.m.–1 p.m.), an afternoon crowd (2:30–4:30 p.m.), and an after-work crowd (6–8 p.m.), so set your Monday reminders now.