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Mamoun's on St Marks

Melanie Aug 14, 2006 10:02 PM

I was walking down St. Marks yesterday and it looks like the Mamoun's falafal place is now open. Unfortuantely, I was in a rush and didn't go in to ask, but there were people behind the counter, which I took to be a pretty good indicator : )

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    the save RE: Melanie Aug 15, 2006 06:05 PM

    mamouns is not on st marks......mcdougal maybe?

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      cal RE: the save Aug 15, 2006 06:11 PM

      mamouns II. there is now an outpost on st. marks.

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        the save RE: cal Aug 15, 2006 06:14 PM

        thx probably easier to park there anyhow-hows it compare to hummus down the block?

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          cal RE: the save Aug 15, 2006 06:27 PM

          last time i walked by it wasn't open so i've yet to try to compare to the macdougal version.

    2. seal RE: Melanie Aug 17, 2006 12:04 AM


      Am i the only one who loves Chickpea over there?

      I am jonesing for a shawafel with extra pickles.


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        jen kalb RE: seal Aug 19, 2006 01:17 PM

        I didnt get the appeal of chickpea's schwarma - scanty meat, lots of salad (no offer of other garnishes), high price and bad service.

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          Pan RE: jen kalb Aug 20, 2006 09:40 AM

          Their operation seems to be mostly about speed. But if you want anything, just ask for it. As for the meat, I've found it sufficient, but I can see where it might be less than other places. I don't find the price that high for the quality relative to other places close to me.

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        ultbil RE: Melanie Aug 17, 2006 12:59 AM

        I'm w/you on Chickpea.

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          Ike RE: ultbil Aug 18, 2006 02:35 PM

          Chickpea has the far superior falafel IMHO. Never had falafel that good before. Raised the dish to a whole other level for me. I utterly fail to grasp why Mamoun's is considered so great. My visits to the (original) MacDougal Street Mamoun's have been very disappointing for both falafel and schawarma. (Bad timing maybe?) And I'm a major cheapskate, so lemme tell ya, if I'm willing to pay twice as much for falafel at Chickpea ($4 when tax is included, vs. $2 at Mamoun's, I think) then that's really saying something.

          Haven't made it to Taim or Yummy S. yet. Or Azuri for that matter.

          Oh, and hey Save, parking has gotta be atrocious in both locations. Take the subway.

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            Pan RE: Ike Aug 19, 2006 05:15 AM

            Try getting felafel at Hoomoos Asli, but don't get shawarma there. I've been there once and found their felafel way moister and way more flavorful than Chickpea's; conversely, their shawarma is dry and overcooked and Chickpea's is much better.

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              piccola RE: Ike Aug 19, 2006 12:05 PM

              Went to a party that was catered by Taim - and ate waaaaay too much. The falafel are small, about walnut size, and come in different flavors. The spicy ones are awesome. All flavors are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.
              The eggplant salad is pretty amazing too.

          2. Nick F. RE: Melanie Aug 17, 2006 07:52 AM

            Honestly can't go back to Chickpea after being to Yummy Shwarmy over in my neck of the woods. I just think it is so much better for the price, but Mamoun's always had a place in my heart. Pray tell, what is there new place like? Shiny, Kitschy? Grubby like the old one?

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              Pan RE: Melanie Aug 17, 2006 09:18 AM

              I haven't been to Yummy Shwarmy (that's where?), but I am very glad to have Chickpea in my neighborhood and also that it's open so late so often. I like the chicken shawarma (I have it with hummus, spicy mixed-vegetable pickles [cauliflower, etc.], red onions, and sometimes some salad or/and sauerkraut, and add plenty of tahini and hot sauce) and the lentil soup. However, I'll certainly try the new branch of Mamoun's and see what I think of it.

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                Nick F. RE: Pan Aug 17, 2006 09:51 AM

                yummy shwarmy is over on 7th and bleecker next to bleecker street pizza. Imho, a better place for chicken shawarma, though chickpea is strictly superior for falafel.

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                  Pan RE: Nick F. Aug 17, 2006 10:07 AM

                  Hmmm...I've found their felafel too dry and too salty.

                  I'll try to keep Yummy Shwarmy in mind for the times I'm in the West Village.

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