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

CHICK P, 490 Bergen Street (between 6th Avenue and Carlton Avenue), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

I do my best to keep a low profile when I’m out revewing a new dish. But every once in a while, a waiter or cashier catches me in the midst of taking a photograph and their interest has been piqued.

That’s exactly what happened when I took the above photo of the facade of Chick P in Prospect Heights. I didn’t realize how on-display I was, but the owner caught me taking a photo and wanted to know where I was from. I hate being put on the spot like that. I told him Brooklyn and that I just like documenting my meals. All which is sort of true.

On Display

Now I had to be extra careful about how I examined the falafel, which is almost impossible in this tiny cubicle of a restaurant. I also got the best customer service I have had at a falafel joint in a long time.

Checking the Chickpeas

Chick P is one of two newish Middle Eastern spots in the Prospect Heights area specializing in all things chickpea. This one is Israeli-owned and in addition to falafel, they do all sorts of hummus dishes with different toppings and spreads.

Deluxe Sandwich at CHICK P

But, of course, I was eager to try their falafel. Since they offer it in three different varieties (a very popular Israeli option in NYC), I got the Deluxe sandwich which comes with two of each type of falafel: Classic Forever, Red Hot Chili, and Popeye Delight.

Extra Pickles, Just In Case

On the side, I was given extra pickles, olives, and tahini sauce – just in case I wanted some for the middle of the sandwich. I thought that was a genius move.

Red Hot Chili Falafel at CHICK P

Fire was the first sensation from the nicely composed sandwich. Evidently the top two falafel were the Red Hot Chili and they were no joke.  I appreciated that the party started fast and furiously, but the serious heat made it difficult to taste the rest of the sandwich. I would have prefered the red chili-laden falafels to be closer to the bottom. That’s how a true tasting should end – not how it should begin.

Popeye Delight at CHICK P

But the tahini, tomatoes, and cucumber helped cool things down by the time I got to the other two. I thought the green falafel, dubbed Popeye Delight, because it was stuffed with spinach and mushroom, was nice and savory with earthy, vegetal overtones.

Falafel at CHICK P

The Classic was indeed classic and like the others, had a consistent crunch that aided in allowing the flavor of the chickpea shine.

Even after I tried all three falafel flavors, there were still many more outstanding ingredients to encounter in the sandwich. Bright purple cabbage, an excellent hummus, and a richly caramelized eggplant slice were among the other treasures.

I was impressed with Chick P – their falafel had all the right crunchy components and blend of earthy flavors – but like a true professional, when asked how my meal was, I kept my poker face and my camera as hidden as possible.

Does Chick P have the best falafel in NY? All three were excellent and as advertised and I was amazed they stayed crunchy throughout the sandwich so for that and for the quality ingredients they earn an 8 out of 10.

CHICK P
490 Bergen Street (between 6th Avenue and Carlton Avenue),
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
(718) 783-1525
chick-p.com
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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.

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