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Falafel Sliders Spice Up Menu at Upper East Side Mediterranean Restaurant

By Victoria Bekiempis | September 3, 2013 1:05pm
 Tarrator Falafel & Grill, located at 1163 Second Ave. and East 61st Street, is now serving falafel sliders.
Falafel Sliders at Tarrator
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UPPER EAST SIDE — It's a baby burger with big chickpea bite.

Tarator Falafel & Grill — a casual Mediterranean cafe that recently introduced Greek grilled cheese sandwiches to the neighborhood — is now serving falafel sliders.

The vegetarian sliders — $5.95 for three — are served traditional buns and topped with lettuce, tomato and pickle.

E.J. Morales, who owns the eatery, said the idea came to him when he and his colleagues were experimenting with adding contemporary flair to traditional dishes.

"We do a lot with falafel," said Morales, 34.  "We're trying to do the next big thing."

He said diners are now scrambling for the mimi-sandwiches since they were introduced several weeks ago at Tarator, located at 1163 Second Ave. and East 61st Street.

"People are loving the sliders," he said. "They're filling and they're something different for the summer."

Morales said the restaurant is constantly experimenting with classics and hopes to unveil even more new dishes soon — or simply introduce time-tested treats that aren't readily available in the city.

For example, Tarator recently added $6 Greek fries — covered with feta chese, olive oil and oregano — to the menu.

Morales and his team have even discussed putting a falafel hot dog to the menu.

"We're trying to take this to another level," he said.