I definitely wanted some falafel while I was visiting New York, perhaps from a street cart vendor? My brother suggested I try Mamoun’s Falafel, known more for its cheap price than for its food.
Mamoun’s Falafel is a tiny restaurant that I otherwise would have passed right by without seeing if my brother hadn’t directed me to it. Inside were few tables with hot sauce bottles on them and when I arrived to place my order, most of the tables were already taken.
I ordered a falafel sandwich for $2, which consisted of several deep-fried falafel balls stuffed into a pita pocket with tahini, tomatoes, and lettuce. Biting into the falafel, I was pleasantly surprised to find that inside they were bright green, crisp on the outside, and freshly made. Per my brother’s recommendation, I made sure to add a few squirts of hot sauce to give it a little kick.
For $2, this was pretty good falafel, but not outstanding and left me wanting for the wonderful garlic flavor of tzatziki (lack of tzatziki keeps this sandwich vegan).
119 MacDougal St.
New York, NY 10012