Hummus World in Roslyn Heights
By Stacey McDevitt, Suffolk County Correspondent
As much as I love my career as a private chef, there are times after cooking numerous meals for 7 different palates that I just crave something quick and simple for lunch. So on one of my travels to and fro Suffolk to Nassau I discovered this great little spot. Hummus World, located near the train station in Roslyn Heights is such a find. It’s a postage stamp size of a place with a husband and wife team that keeps things interesting. She’s the cook and he’s the personality behind the register, that if you ask nicely he’ll let you try the sour pickles. On any given day there is a mixed clientele of students from the high school up the street, to businessmen and locals. And the occasional adventurist like me.
Let me first start off by saying I love falafel, but these are no ordinary ones. These crispy chickpea critters are flecked with coriander seeds and green tinted from parsley. But it is also what is stuffed into the pita that makes them special. Weighing in at a pound and a half, yes I actually weighed it, I had to sit was so heavy. Is a mix of the smoothest hummus, crunchy carrot and red cabbage lightly pickled, an "Israeli Salad" of tomatoes and cucumber, topped off with homemade hot sauce if you like and believe me, me like!! There’s also a sampling of vegetarian appetizers like eggplant baba ghanoush or platters with chicken shwarma, a highly spiced kosher chicken cooked on a spit much like a gyro. Then shaved off in tender slices. There’s also homemade soups "depending on Esters mood" as the menu reads, but its an experience just to dine here, if there’s a table inside grab it or a spot outside under the umbrellas or if you have time take it to go and head for a nearby park in Roslyn and enjoy the view. Anyway you choose it’s a tasty spot for a delicious bite to eat.