Pick a Pita is as Close to Temple As I’ll Get This Week
As if you couldn’t tell from this, this, or this, I’m a terrible Jew. But on Friday, with Rosh Hashanah looming, something deep inside my subconscious lured me into Pick a Pita (on 8th Ave. btw. 39+40th). It’s been awhile since I’ve stepped into this Kosher falafel and shawarma joint, but it’s been fairly well covered on Midtown Lunch. From my first french fry stuffed visit in 2007, to its move from 38th Street to 8th Ave. last year. In fact, the new Pick a Pita reopened one year ago this week- if you go by the Jewish calendar. Their reopening was the day before Yom Kippur (which is this coming Monday.)
I don’t know if it was divine intervention, or what, but on Friday I stopped in for a little Pick-a-Pita redux.
I went with the spicy shawarma in a pita, with everything + french fries stuffed in the pita (naturally) for an extra 50 cents. I’m guessing they forgot to add hot sauce, because it wasn’t that spicy… and considering I had ordered the “spicy shawarma” you would think it would pack a good punch. The layering was not great- leaving me with mostly meat at the bottom, but the pita was good and it had everything you’d want in a good Israeli sandwich (hummus, Israeli salad, pickles). I’ll begrudgingly admit that the french fries didn’t add anything- but I wasn’t *not* going to get them. $8 for a pita sandwich is expensive for the size, but it’s on par with the rest of the Kosher spots in Midtown. It won’t replace Baraca (aka Olympic Pita) as my go to Kosher pita spot, and I doubt God sees it as a replacement for going to temple on the High Holidays… but it was still a tasty pre-Rosh Hashanah lunch.
Pick a Pita, 601 8th Ave (btw. 39+40th), 212-730-7482