1. Mediterranean Exploration Company
The hummus at this bougie Pearl District spot is prohibitively pricey, but damn if it isn't decadent. It's melt-in-your-mouth velvety, the sesame flavor is deep, and the pools of olive oil are a treat on their own. Its sister restaurant, Shalom Y'all, offers an almost identical dip, but MEC takes the richness up a notch by topping it with a dollop of runny tahini.
2. Al-Amir Restaurant
Al Amir's hummus is as purist and perfect as it gets. Served with thin pita slices and only minimal olive oil and paprika for garnish, this decades-old restaurant lets the hummus speak for itself—a perfectly harmonious blend as dense and creamy as whipped butter.
The home of much-loved local brand Gonzo Hummus, Aviv has become a destination for luxuriously thick and smooth concoctions and, most of all, for its wide selection. Out of Aviv's eight hummus varieties, our favorite is the chile-laden harissa, but even the straightforward yalla is dreamworthy.
4. Ya Hala
With a rich, nutty flavor and unobtrusive consistency, Ya Hala's hummus is a wholesome treat and, at $6 for a generous portion, a total bargain. Plus, the puffed-up discs of pita are as fluffy as clouds.
5. Cedo’s Falafel and Gyros
Cedo's draws long lines every lunch hour for its hot sauce-spiked gyros and falafel, but the narrow, counter-service eatery's hummus is just as worthwhile. Topped with a slice of pickle and pepperoncini, it has a distinct, almost mustard-like funk.
Tusk has thick, smooth texture on lock. The Instagram-chic restaurant even adds some cumin to its puree, but the spice feels more like a distraction from an already perfect combination of flavors, and while the pita is surprisingly fluffy for being whole-grain, it's still slightly stiff.
The texture of this bustling, mainstay Lebanese spot's dip is hearty and chunky. It's homey more than homely, and the pita is somewhat of a spectacle—a pale, pizza-sized pocket that releases steam when you rip into it.
8. Habibi Restaurant
If you like your hummus with a rougher texture that's still plenty creamy, Habibi is the place to go. The low-key glitzy Syrian Lebanese restaurant's blend is light and refreshing, the kind of dish that makes you feel healthier.
9. Riyadh’s Lebanese Restaurant
Riyadh's hummus is slightly thin and slightly bumpy, but it tastes clean and earthy, and the massive, stretchy pita is delicious.
DarSalam's was the most unique hummus we tried. Though thin and runny, the tahini comes through strong as does a nice kick of garlic, and the grill-charred pita adds some welcomed smokiness.