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Mamoun's - MacDougal vs St Marks

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fredct Jun 27, 2008 09:23 AM

I grew up in Ct and have always loved the Mamoun's in New Haven. I recently moved to the NY area and plan on going into Manhattan this weekend for Mamouns and then do a few touristy thing.

My question is really about whether one place or the other is has more seating for those wishing to have a sit down meal. I've seen online people say that Mamoun's has very little seating... I was wondering if that's true of both or them, or if its more one than the other. Is there one I can sit down and eat in? Or should I just plan on going to Washington Square park or something?

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    coyote64 Jun 30, 2008 09:31 AM

    I agree with the Macdougal recommendations, for everything said below, and also because Macdougal to me still seems like I can feel vestiges of the old Village there.

    ...but did I hear a rumor that they got DOH'd? I would check before setting off.

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      michele cindy Jul 1, 2008 05:15 PM

      This is true. I went for lunch today and it was closed. I ended up at the dosa cart in Washington Sq.

    2. michele cindy Jun 30, 2008 08:49 AM

      If you go for an early lunch before noon to Mamoun's on Macdougal, you can usually get a seat, but going to the park on a nice day would be more pleasurable.

      1. JungMann Jun 30, 2008 07:28 AM

        If you want to sit inside, go to St. Mark's. If you want to sit in Washington Square Park, go to Macdougal.

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          sugartoof Jun 29, 2008 10:45 PM

          I'd say go with Macdougal since it's the original. There always seems to be a line of people, but the seats usually come up just in time when you need to sit. Don't panic though, you can walk to one of the oarks or playgrounds with benches in the area. Personally I've stopped eating any falafel served on that cheap cardboard pita so many places use.

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            gutsofsteel Jun 30, 2008 01:39 PM

            The original Mamoun's is in New Haven, CT.

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              sugartoof Jun 30, 2008 03:36 PM

              oh wow who knew! it's the original ny location though.

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                joeyz Jul 1, 2008 04:58 PM

                no, the original is the one on madougal, which opened in 71 (the CT one opened in 77), check their website.

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                  sugartoof Jul 1, 2008 05:27 PM

                  yeah that didn't sound right. thanks for checking the site.

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            joeyz Jun 29, 2008 09:50 PM

            I would say go to Macdougal. It will be packed but that's part of the Mamoun's experience. I went to St. Marks the other night and they were out of their hot sauce. Anyone whose ever been to the original location knows how ludicrous that is. The hot sauce is a big part of the experience, and they even sell bottles of it. I actually went down the block to Tahini to use their hot sauce for my Mamoun's meal, hahaha.

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              joeyz Jul 1, 2008 04:54 PM

              This just in, the original (in NYC anyway) on MacDougal got shut down by the health dept.!!! I found out the hard way last night when I showed up there. I think it had actually just happened.

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              kathryn Jun 28, 2008 10:44 AM

              St Marks location has some seating (only 2 tables IIRC) but it's rarely full, so you should be OK.

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