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Apr 23, 2004 03:15 PM


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Where can one find a really good falafel in NYC?

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  1. Hoomoos Asli on Kenmare and Lafayette, just off the Spring street six train stop. Falafel sandwich is $3.50; more expensive than on MacDougal Street, but way, way better. Also, try anything else there, because it's all good.

    1. Azuri Cafe on West 51st near 10th Ave - maybe 2 doors east. Azuri is so good. Check previous posts and you'll see lots of positive comments.

      He puts in a great mix of salads and pickles, but just enough. I used to live on the same block and rarely a week went by without having one.

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      1. re: kwon

        Just had my first one. I was a fan of Rainbow in Union Square, Alfanoose downtown, and Jerusalem Falafel on the upper upper west side. This one tops 'em all. It's a falafel poem. It was so good that I had another one, even though I wasn't hungry anymore.

        1. re: billrosenblatt

          love rainbow and lived off of alfanoose after working down there post 9/11. but jerusalem falafel... did they move? they used to be on the east side, like in the 40's? they were sooooo good, with sliced olives, etc. is it the same place? can you tell me where it is?

        2. re: kwon

          This is definitely the place to go - the owner is not too friendly, but is Israeli and knows what he's doing. Enjoy!

        3. Mamoun's is the best without a doubt. It's spectacular and the falafel is so fresh -- tastes just like when I make it (maybe better).

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          1. re: josheva

            I love Mamoun's also, and if you're across the river in Jersey City, his cousin Ibby makes falafel that's every bit as wonderful! (and great Shwarma, as well!)

          2. taim in the west village on waverly and perry. love their food. its a bit of a nouveau falafel place with different flavors of falafel (roasted red pepper and harissa), whole wheat pita etc.

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            1. re: scanditrash

              i second taim and azuri cafe. IMO the 2 best falafels in manhattan.

            2. I am a big fan of Chickpea. one on St. Mark's place, on on 14th St by 3rd ave. Very fresh pita made on the spot! I have also gone in just to buy their pita. Love the falafel and the Shwarma is quite fresh and tasty too.