My search for the best falafel in New York continues….

OASIS, 161 North 7th Street (between Bedford Avenue and Driggs Avenue), Williamsburg, BrooklynNew York City is the city that never sleeps, but certain neighborhoods are definitely more nocturnal than others. Williamsburg, Brooklyn is one of those neighborhoods that’s up all night. Back in the day, it’s where I would meet up with my friends starting at 10 or 11pm. Nowadays I find myself there in the morning (on the way to give a tour) more often than after hours.

I’ve always heard about Oasis being an incredibly affordable joint to grab some good falafel at the wee hours of the morning. For some in Williamsburg, when I arrived at 11am on a Saturday, it was no doubt still the wee hours of the morning. They were just opening the metal gates when I came along attempting to get an early morning falafel. Who knew I was such a morning person? Remember, this was 11am!

First Customer of the DayThere was something a little exciting about being the first customer of the day (although I didn’t win any prize). If falafel here ever ends up sitting around, I wouldn’t experience it. This would be the freshest of the fresh.

Cheap MenuOne thing Oasis has going for it is their price tag. At $3, this is the cheapest falafel sandwich I have encountered so far. And while not everything was prefect here, I do think I got my money’s worth in terms of quantity.

IMG_8440The sandwich was stuffed to the brim, but no further. Strangely, this pita had an empty flap on top that might have been used to keep the fillings from spilling out, but this area of pita was barren and seemingly pointless.

Falafel Pita at OASISInside, the fillings flowed – including onions, cabbage, lettuce, and a few large pickle spears. There was an overabundance of white tahini sauce, which kept any potential dryness at bay. And the vegetables were seasoned with a surprising amount of black pepper (the lettuce was peppery!!) which made me wonder if they were covering up for low quality ingredients. Or my early morning tastebuds were overly sensitive.

Falafel at OASISThe falafel was quite good though. The first few bites of the pattys were hot and crisp with a nice juxtaposition of textures. It did cool a bit and the crunch wasn’t as prevalent, but the peppery, earthy flavors remained consistent.

First Customer at OasisI can totally see why this is food one would want to eat late at night, especially after a night of imbibing. The food is relatively tasty, extraordinarily cheap, and very convenient to the Bedford stop on the L train. And while the falafel is fresh at 11am, I can only imagine it tastes twice as good at 3am.


Does Oasis have the best falafel in NY? The fritters themselves were pretty solid, but I was disappointed by the pepperiness of the additional ingredients and the lackluster pita bread. A lunch tasting earns these a 7 out of 10, but a late night tasting might be much higher.

OASIS
161 North 7th Street (at Bedford Avenue),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 218-7607
If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!

Category: Falafel

About the Author

Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Connect with me

Link to our Youtube Page
Link to our Facebook Page
Link to our Rss Page
Link to our Twitter Page

WATCH

DISH OF THE WEEK: HAND ROLLS at KAZUNORI LOCALS KNOW: BOHEMIAN BUCHAREST in BUCHAREST
AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE CITY: IRAN AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE CITY: PERU AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE CITY: GREECE
EMPIRE PLATES OF MINE A DAY IN THE LIFE
EAT THIS BOSTON: IN THE SOUP SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BREWED


DREAM A LITTLE CREAM CHEESE


BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINATOWN


ICE CREAM


KOSHER MEAT MARKET


PIZZA DAY


Instagram Feed