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Jan 17, 2007 05:16 PM

Shawarma & Falafel Question

Hey 'hounders,
I would like to know where is the best place for shawarma and/or falafel. I know it's a huge debate but where would I find some superb falafel or shawarma sandwiches. Thanks in advance!


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  1. The best falafel in the city can be found at Azuri Cafe on the West Side.

    The best cheap falafel can be found at Mamoun's.

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    1. re: Unpossible

      Second Azuri (51st off 10th Ave) which is the best falafel and shawarma I've ever had. The next tier includes Olympic Pita (38th btw 5th and 6th) and Pick-a-Pita (38th btw 7th and 8th). For falafel only, I also love Rainbow (17th btw 5th and B'Way) and Taim (Waverly and Perry).

    2. Taim on Waverly has good falafel. Oh, and if you want the shwarma and falafel both in one pita, try the Shawafel at Chickpea (3rd near St. Marks).


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      1. re: slynnkiino

        Pick-a-Pita does a mean shawafel, too. Does Chickpea still pre-mix their cucumber salad with the lettuce?

        1. re: a_and_w

          I think so--though I haven't been in a couple of months since my office moved.

          1. re: slynnkiino

            Feh! I hate cucumbers and just can't forgive them for such laziness...

      2. I love Chickpea...Murray's Falafel and Grill is pretty damn good as well

        1. Part of the debate is based on style. Different countries have different recipies with subtle nuances. Sorta like pizza - it ain't the same all over the boot.
          My two favorites are probably Chickpea (Israeli style - my israeli ex was very impressed) and Alfanoose (Lebanese - Maiden Lane, near WTC site). If you get the shawarma at Chipea, be sure to hit it with a good shot of "amba", the yellow mango-chutney sauce, sitting on the counters. Its an israeli thing, and goes perfect with the shawarma meat.

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          1. re: hreisig

            I know Chickpea has multiple locations, is there a specific branch/location that you prefer? Or is it the same for all?

            1. re: hreisig

              If you like Israeli-style, check out all of the places I listed, except Rainbow.

            2. I like Yummy Shawarmy's chicken shawarma a lot. Very very tasty. I bring my own BBC sauce from Ranch One for it!

              Yummy Shawarmy is on 7th Ave. South near Bleecker-next to that great pizza place I can't remember the name of.

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              1. re: TMW

                It's next to Bleeker Street Pizza (a slice place) and John's Pizzeria, a famous pie place.