While I tend to post on new establishments or on places that are new to me, I realized that I have been remiss in not commenting upon the kosher restaurant that I frequent the most – Soom Soom on Lex. and 55th. If you are looking for a falafel joint in NY you cannot do better than Soom Soom. The falafel balls themselves are fresh, non-greasy, and flavorful. They offer a wide range of salad topping that you can add to your heart’s content – items such as quinoa, artichoke, stuffed grape leaves, zucchini, sweet potato, grilled eggplant and beets – in addition to more common offerings. Sauces include amba, Turkish salad, green sauce and schug. They have a few different sandwiches, including a tasty green omelet. It is clean and efficient. Not much in the way of seating. I am happy to report that it attracts a varied lunch crowd. I’ve never been to the 72nd street location. Writing this has given me a falafel craving.
I have been to both and I second KC's review. Best falafel in NYC (I used to say Moshe's on 46 and 6th was the best, but they are not what they once were, plus Soom Soom offers lots of fixins). Also excellent Sabich. Seating is a problem (72nd St has more, barely. I think the Lex shop has more salad choices. They are opening a third location in midtown soon.