Williamsburg's popular Taco Chulo gets a little sister with a fondness for falafel.. The Scene After their success with Mexican food, the owners of Taco Chulo took over Uncle Mina, a tiny Middle Eastern spot near the Lorimer subway stop. While the bare-bones decor hardly screams "hipster Epcot Center," the asymmetric-haircut crowd lines up for sandwiches to go or shares a platter at one of the handful of tables, above which hang a few prints of Egyptian art.
The Food To the delight of Uncle Mina fans, the menu of basic Egyptian fare remains the same. Fava beans mashed up with a good dose of garlic, cilantro and chile make the fuul medammas a tasty highlight, but oiliness overwhelms the subtle charms of an eggplant salad. Though crunchy, deep-green falafel could use more spicing, and chicken souvlaki runs on the dry side, both improve stuffed in warm pita with silky hummus and tart pickles. Honey-kissed baklava--pistachio or walnut--makes the perfect grab-it-and-go dessert.