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Falafel place near Union Square?

MSK Nov 22, 2006 10:30 PM

SF Chowhound was doing a "walk-about" around Union Square the other day and saw what looked like a great Falafel place (literally a "hole in the wall") a block or 2 downtown and a bit west from the square. I think it was Kosher too.

I had no money with me and was stupid enough not to notice the street co-ordinates (acutally, I wasn't hungry but 10 minutes past it I could not get the idea or the aroma of the place out of my mind).

Does anyone know it and is it any good??

  1. Pat Hammond Nov 22, 2006 10:52 PM

    Sounds like Rainbow Falafel. (26 E. 17th, btw. Boradway and 5th). I don't know if it's Kosher, but it's good.

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    1. re: Pat Hammond
      MSK Nov 22, 2006 11:09 PM

      I'm not sure that was it.....

      I was walking east on 17th from Chelsea, turned right at the park (passed the whole Filenes mess on m y left) and continued a few blocks downtown. Then I turned right to head back to the Meatpacking district.

      17th and Broadway is further east from where I was, isn't it?

      1. re: MSK
        a_and_w Apr 23, 2007 11:13 AM

        If it was on 17th, it was probably Rainbow. If it wasn't you should try Rainbow, though it's not kosher. I'm partial to the falafel and baba with extra hot sauce.

    2. c
      Caillerets Nov 22, 2006 11:40 PM

      The 'Hole in the Wall' place you speak of is on 12th street between University and 5th. much closer to University. Not sure what the name is, but it was a defunct hardware store for years before the current owners set up shop.
      The falafel are very good and it is quite kosher.

      1. g
        genetphd Nov 22, 2006 11:41 PM

        I think the place you're thinking of is on 12th street, possibly 13th, just west of University Pl. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks very appetizing. It is tiny, as you say " a hole in the wall," but it actually has a tiny upstairs space with tables. Also, I think it's kosher.

        1. MSK Nov 23, 2006 12:10 AM

          That sounds like it! Anyone have a name???

          1. c
            ct75 Nov 23, 2006 08:41 AM

            Do they really have space upstairs? Here's the address from their menu:

            Pita Pocket
            21 East 12th St (between University Place & 5th Ave)
            New York, NY 10003
            212 924-4333

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            1. re: ct75
              whitewater Apr 23, 2007 05:32 AM

              It's now defunct. The sign in the window indicates that it will soon be Olympia Pita. I wonder if it's the same Olympic Pita as in midtown and Brooklyn.

              1. re: whitewater
                princeofpork Apr 23, 2007 06:36 AM

                In that same area you should try ChickPea on 14th st. Outstanding food.

                1. re: princeofpork
                  Nikki NYC Apr 23, 2007 11:21 AM

                  A lot of CHers love Chickpea but I didn't care for it. I had a falafel sandwich and found the falafel to be dry. The salad was pretty boring. The pita itself, which they make fresh, was delicious.

                  1. re: Nikki NYC
                    a_and_w Apr 23, 2007 11:25 AM

                    I actually agree, though I'm biased because I hate cucumbers and they pre-mix their salad. Pita was pretty much the only thing I liked...

                    1. re: a_and_w
                      Nikki NYC Apr 23, 2007 11:55 AM

                      Have you tried Taim, a and w? They fry the falafel to order and it melts in your mouth! There are three kinds and I LOVE the roasted red pepper variety! I think if you get the platter you can get sides w/o cucumber. The pita is the best I have had.

                      1. re: Nikki NYC
                        a_and_w Apr 23, 2007 12:10 PM

                        Yep, big fan of Taim, which is second only to Azuri, imo.

                        1. re: a_and_w
                          Nikki NYC Apr 23, 2007 12:24 PM

                          I haven't been to Azuri but I will definitely visit soon!

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