If you’re a falafel fan and planning to be in New York City, it’s imperative that you know who makes the best and where to go to find them. If you’ve heard of them but not yet given them a try, they’re kind of addictive. The fillings, when done properly will make your mouth water. Here are the five best places to get them when you’re visiting the Big Apple.
Depending on who you talk to, Mamoun’s Falafel is the top rated location for getting a falafel in New York City. The taste is exquisite and the price is the cheapest in the city. They also offer an amazing hot sauce, but you have to watch out because there are sometimes when it’s hotter than others and it could easily paralyze your taste buds for a few moments. This is their location in the heart of Greenwich Village. In addition to delicious falafel, they also serve hummus and chicken shwarma but give yourself a little extra time because we hear that the line often extends outside of the door. They’re that popular. If you’re in the East Village, they also offer another location at 30 Saint Marks Place located between second and Third avenues. This is also a great place to go for late night food. We also hear rave reviews about their mint lemonade.
Taïm Falafel and Smoothie Bar
Taim is rated as being neck and neck with Mamoun’s in terms of popularity. This restaurant is located in the West Village. They’re known for offering a new special falafel flavor on a daily basis. An example is their mushroom and thyme falafel, among others. It changes every day so you get a price break on something new on a daily basis, but you might have to ask what their special for the day is. Their smoothie bar is also phenomenal and they go so well with the falafels and fries. They also offer hot sauce but you should take yours on the side if it’s your first time because it can get pretty hot and spicy. If you’re in the Mulberry Street area of New York, they also have a location at 45 Spring Street. You might want to check out their fried eggplant if you’re a fan of this veggie because we hear that theirs is the best. We’ve also been told that their ginger lemonade is as killer as the mint flavored version.
The third most highly recommended falafel place in New York City is Nish Nush. Their falafels are always super fresh and they offer an excellent cup of coffee to go with it. Nish Nush also offers a green chili sauce that guests rave about. You can order a variety of falafels and they even offer a falafel trio platter for a great variety of delicious and filling options.
NYC Falafel Co.
NYC Falafel Co. is a favorite place for New Yorkers to grab a falafel or a Gyro. They’re well-known for excellence in preparing both. They make their falafels fresh and offer a variety of platters or singles including homemade hummus to compliment your meal. To go with your falafels, frequent buyers also recommend that you check out their selection of smoothies and juices. They’re all fresh and tasty and they even squeeze the juices from many of their menu offerings on site. NYC Falafel Co also offers online ordering along with catering options. They’re open 24 hours a day so it’s a great place to catch a late night snack or meal.
Ba’al Cafe is another popular choice for New Yorkers with discriminating tastes who want to find a good falafel. Theirs is highly rated with fresh ingredients and a delicious flavor. They offer some get lunch combo’s for just $10 with a choice of three sides to go along with your falafel. Everything at Ba’al Cafe is homemade.