Taboon to Bring Mediterranean Flavor to East 13th Street

By Andrea Swalec on December 2, 2011 7:37am 

The restaurant will serve sandwiches made with bread baked in the type of conical, wood-burning oven that gives Taboon its Arabic name.
The restaurant will serve sandwiches made with bread baked in the type of conical, wood-burning oven that gives Taboon its Arabic name.
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GREENWICH VILLAGE — The Hell's Kitchen restaurant Taboon, which has charmed diners since 2004 with its breads, pizzas and small plates, will soon offer a taste of the Middle East to the NYU crowd. 

The owners of the eatery on 10th Avenue and 52nd Street will open a still-unnamed "quick-service" Mediterranean joint at 30 E. 13th St. within the next two months, the realtor for the space announced this week. 

The 1,000-square-foot space previously held the Korean restaurant DoSirak, which moved across the street in September and changed its name to BAK Korean Kitchen & Craft Beer Hall

Fans of Taboon, which New York Times food critic Frank Bruni said put "a deft, sophisticated spin on Middle Eastern food," will find its new sister restaurant has a similar atmosphere, Kelly Gedinsky of Winick Realty Group LLC said in a statement.

“The setting is wood and brick, giving the restaurant a very comfortable feel," she said. “People will have the option to leave but will want to stay.”

The restaurant will serve falafel, hummus and sandwiches made with bread baked in the type of conical, wood-burning oven that gives Taboon its Arabic name. 

Exact menu and price information were not available on Thursday. 

If the restaurant is a success, owner Danny Hodak plans to open additional locations across the city, according to the statement. 

A new Mediterranean eatery  will open at 30 E. 13th St., where a Korean restaurant used to be.
A new Mediterranean eatery will open at 30 E. 13th St., where a Korean restaurant used to be.
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