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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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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

This is truly the year of the mash-up. Last night, most Jews in this country celebrated a once-in-a-lifetime mash-up of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah with cranberry latkes and pecan pie rugelach. But people have been hybrid crazy this entire year. There was even a fried chicken spot called Hybird (now closed). Maybe it all started with that infamous cronut, but here are five other crossbreeds that are pure imagination and deliciousness.

NUMBER 55: ISRAELI SCOTCH EGG at EASTWOOD

Israeli Scotch Egg at EASTWOOD

A Scotch egg is a classic Scottish gutbomb that consists of a hardboiled egg wrapped in crumbled sausage and breadcrumbs. Bringing the cholesterol down just a touch, the vegetarian friendly version at Eastwood throws in a little Israeli flair. A crisp and sesame-laden falafel serves as the exterior and it opens up to reveal a perfectly cooked egg with a decadent yolky center. Garnished with Middle Eastern spices and served with a side of tahini, this is one Scotch egg that is truly kosher. Price: $3

EASTWOOD
200 Clinton Street (at East Broadway),
Lower East Side

(212) 233-0124

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

EASTWOOD, 200 Clinton Street (at East Broadway), Lower East Side

The hippest new food trend in New York is taking two seemingly unrelated dishes and smashing them together. It’s more than just fusion food – it’s crazy culinary experimentation.

EASTWOOD, 200 Clinton Street (at East Broadway), Lower East Side

When these are successful, the food establishment in question often ends up with a line out the door (see the cronut or the ramen burger). Of course, media plays a big part in the hysteria. Aside from a mention in NY Magazine, Eastwood’s entry into the hybrid genre hasn’t gotten much attention. And so sadly (for them), no line outside the door.

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