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

RAKKA CAFE, 81 Saint Marks Place (between Second and First Avenue), East Village

Once upon a time, Cafe Rakka was an institution in the East Village. Back in the rough and tumble 80’s and 90’s, its two locations would be the place to grab a quick meal before heading to any one of the nearby music venues. Sadly those days are mostly gone.

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

THE FALAFEL SHOP, 127 Rivington Street (between Essex and Norfolk Street), Lower East Side

It’s always strange to walk around the heart of the Lower East Side during lunch hours. This neighborhood doesn’t really come alive until after work, when people flood the restaurants, bars, and clubs. During the day, it doesn’t seem nearly as hip or lively.

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All Hail, Falafel!

I underestimated the modest little falafel. I was expecting some great things, sure, but I was also anticipating lots of dry and dense chickpea balls. Greasy, soggy, and mealy were words I used very rarely in my falafel reviews. Of course, I stuck with the most renowned and popular falafel spots in the city. I’m sure terrible falafel is out there somewhere, but we’re also blessed to be rolling in the good stuff.

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Category: Falafel

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

RAINBOW FALAFEL, 26 East 17th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue), Flatiron DistrictIf this was 1992, the year that Rainbow Falafel opened, I’d be jumping up and down because I just discovered a secret little, under-the-radar falafel joint housed in the back of a tiny little bodega. But it’s 2014 and Rainbow Falafel has certainly been discovered with lines out the door every lunch shift.

A Serious Menu For a Little Place

But it still feels like it could be a secret little spot. The tiny kiosk displays their drinks and coolers up front, has no seating, and the food counter with a set-back menu is against the wall. If you didn’t know it was here, you could easily miss it.

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

MAOZ VEGETARIAN, 38 Union Square East (between East 16th and East 17th Street), Union Square

There are many countries all over the world that are legendary for their falafel. The Netherlands is not one of them.

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Category: Falafel

My search for the best falafel in New York continues….
There’s a wine trail in Napa, a bourbon trail in Tennessee, and a barbecue trail in Texas. Yet nobody ever talks about the great falafel trail in the Financial District. But they should!

In the crowded business district at Manhattan’s southern edge, sit lots of food carts and trucks feeding all the hungry lunchers during the week. There are so many that I even give a food cart tour with Turnstile Tours down in this neighborhood. And without fail we always discuss halal food and sample some falafel.

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