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Looking for the best street vendor falafel near the London NYC

fishcall Jan 20, 2009 05:39 PM

I absolutley love falafels and have not had one in years. This is my first trip to NYC and would love to find a good street vendor falafel right after we check in to the London NYC. Are there street vendors near by that sell falafels? Or is there somewhere else I should look for a good falafel?

  1. Miss Needle Jan 21, 2009 06:46 AM

    You're very close to Azuri on West 51st Street. Though not a street vendor, I think it's really the best falafel in Manhattan. Taim would be the second. Just note that Azuri observes the Sabbath.

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    1. re: Miss Needle
      jcmods Jan 21, 2009 08:50 AM

      I second Azuri Cafe. It's not a cart, but way superior to any falafel I have ever eaten. They just have really bad hours (closed Saturday and presumably Friday night).

      It's at the corner of 51st & 10th Avenue which I would think is close to your hotel.

      1. re: jcmods
        Cpalms Jan 21, 2009 09:02 AM

        the 53rd and 6th cart guys (blue umbrella, yellow bags) have falafel but im not sure how good it is, its probably good, but never had it....their lamb over rice is the best in the city, however....Taim is great but thats a hike to the WV, make sure you really want to go or have other stuff to do in the village...

      2. re: Miss Needle
        theannerska Jan 22, 2009 04:26 AM

        Another vote for Azuri -- great schwarma too.

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        silencespeak Jan 21, 2009 06:13 AM

        Go to the West Village's Taim for the best falafel in Manhattan. (IMO)
        Everytime I go there I enjoy an excellent, well-rounded falafel.
        It is where almost every foodie I know who lives downtown goes for a falafel,
        you will walk out satisfied, pinky swear.

        222 Waverly Pl., nr. Seventh Ave. S.

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        1. re: silencespeak
          silencespeak Jan 21, 2009 06:17 AM

          I didn't realize that the London is on 54th street. It still is easy to get to the West Village there, only a short 10-15 cab ride or a subway on the 1 train to Christopher Street. Honestly, if you want a real-deal falafel, It's still worth recommending over the chain-smack you get in midtown.

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          italianagambino Jan 21, 2009 05:15 AM

          Pick a Pita (non vendor)
          Vendor: Kwik Meal; 45th and Sixth

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          1. re: italianagambino
            italianagambino Jan 21, 2009 06:04 AM

            I must have glanced over the london....Pick a pita is on west 38th sorry..

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