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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….

AZURI CAFE, 465 West 51st Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenue), Hell's Kitchen

Most people who are familiar with Azuri CafĂ©, know about the legend who runs the place. If Domenico DeMarco (from DiFara) is NY’s true pizza legend, then Ezra Cohen is no doubt the same for falafel. The Israeli chef is just as famous for his impeccable falafel pitas as he is for his often stern demeanor. This has earned him the unfortunate (and slightly inappropriate) nickname of the Falafel Nazi. Sure, I get the Seinfeld reference (there’s even a photo of the famous comedian with Cohen) but soup is not nearly as religious and political as Israeli falafel.

The Legend with Some LegendsWhether I use the controversial moniker or not, I have often been to this tiny little shop in Hell’s Kitchen and in the past I would have crowned this the city’s best falafel. My most recent vist was late in the afternoon and I was shocked to not see Cohen behind the counter. Where was the falafel master? And would the sandwiches be as good as I remember?

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