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Apr 8, 2013 11:46 AM

Best falafel in Brooklyn?

I visit NYC often and I'm looking for authentic Israeli-style falafel.
I tried Taim and other places in Manhattan but wasn't impressed.
Please recommend your favorite falafel place in Brooklyn.

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  1. I have no interest in "best" discussions.

    Kulushkat is very good.

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    1. re: JonL

      what's wrong with "best", it's someone's favorite.----perhaps there are some things a particular place does best----and of course we all have our parameters for other things besides the food, like the cleanliness of a place, which I for one, verify before going there.

    2. There's a place at 1752 McDonald Avenue near Avenue P that has gone through a couple of permutations. It was called Sarika; then became Hamifgash. At one point it was Sephardic; at another Ethiopian Jews worked there. It served the best sabich in NYC, better than Taim. I don't know what the status of the place is now, but take a look. If they still do the sabich, they'll do a great falafel.

      1. I usually dont like to answer these type of posts unless I've recently been to the place I'm listing. However, although it's been several years since I've been there (whenever I'm back in my old neighborhood, I wind up at DiFara's eating pizza), I always thought that Olympic Pita had falafel that was pretty authentic to Israeli style. Take a look:

        Hope it hasnt become a dud.

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        1. re: Steve R

          I think the most delicious felafel I ever had in Brooklyn was at Famous on CIA, not Olympic, similar style, with fried onions and other good toppings, but its been years since I have been by when its open so i cant attest for it now.

          Really like Kulushkat, especially their spicy version and the szhug, as well as some very hice sweets they sell, and amazed it is in my neighborhood, but the pita is cold, why cant they bother to warm it up??

          1. re: jen kalb

            It's ben awhile, but Famous on C.I.A. changed dramatically even before their move to the fluorescently new corner space...while the salad / topping items were absolutely top-notch, including the fried eggplant, the falafel balls were underspiced and bread-crumb-y.

            Not to mention the customers uncontrollable urges to cut back in line and "re-fill" their sandwiches and hoist "samples" from the fresh-made ball bowl.

            Hope that's changed for the better.

            1. re: Mike R.

              the manners there were always atrocious - I will have to check it out again, although I usually am not able to cruise that neighborhood other than on Saturday which is why of course I never find it open.

              1. re: jen kalb

                I havent been to Famous in awhile either but I didn't recommend it because I did go a couple of times in its new location and didnt like the falafel much. Not sure Olympic is better but I couldnt recommend Famous. By the way, does Mabat have falafel? I remembered that it did, but their website menu doesnt list it so I didnt mention it.

          2. re: Steve R

            never cared for Olympic or the other place that is near to me, they all pale to taim, and the new Taim is much better than the west village location...there used to be a very good place, Hapisgah in Kew gardens hills but they completely changed their falafel, but it USED to be terrific, bright green and SPICY!!

          3. I third kulushkat. and the sabich. OMG

            1. I personally love Taim's falafel, bright green inside, What didn't you like about it? It's the most authentic israeli style I've had--most other places are yellow colored, or lebanese style, or with fava egyptian styled...