Mimi's Hummus

By Marisa Robertson-Textor

The tiny but sumptuous interior—pressed-tin ceiling and Mimi Kitani’s collection of black-and-white photos glued directly to eggshell blue walls, as if in a makeshift album—will hook you even before the warm-hearted “hello.”If you love—really love—hummus, you might not believe your good fortune to find this two-year-old place staking its claim among the newfangled wine bars and flower shops, as well as the old-time pizza places and bodegas, along busy Cortelyou Road. Everything here is made the old-fashioned way—and it shows—particularly in the five varieties of silky hummus: traditional with lemon-garlic dressing; fava bean; mushroom; tahini; and ground beef with pine nuts. Throw in a few small plates—like cauliflower salad and some stuffed grape leaves—and call the whole thing dinner, like so many of the regulars do in the newly chic Victorian neighborhood of Ditmas Park. As for the East Siders at the next table—well, you knew it would happen with hummus this good.

sweet seats

There are only 16 seats in the house, all equally good. But if you’re planning on ordering a lot of food—and let’s face it, you probably will—be warned that while the round-topped tables in the front window have the best views of quaint Cortelyou Road, they’ll offer the least surface area for your multiple appetizers.

chew on this

Hummusiot (hummus parlors) in Tel Aviv inflame as much feverish debate and devotion as bagel places merit in Montreal, Currywurst stands get in Berlin, and cafés serving beignets attract in New Orleans. But hummus is taken equally seriously throughout the rest of the Middle East, and nowhere more so than in Lebanon. In May 2010, 300 Lebanese chefs achieved a new Guinness World Record by whipping up a 11-ton batch of hummus, the largest in history.


Mon.–Fri. 12 noon–10:30 PM; Sat.–Sun. 11 AM–11 PM
Brunch Sat.–Sun. 11 AM–4 PM
open on all holidays

price range

$12 (stuffed filo with ground beef) $16 (aioli salmon)