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

TURKISS, 104 Macdougal Street (between Bleecker and West 3rd Street), Greenwich Village

When one falafel joint closes, another opens. It doesn’t always work that way, but it almost always does in and around Bleecker Street in the West Village. Yatagan sat on Macdougal Street for years churning out doner kababs and falafel. I never made it to Yatagan, but now that it’s been replaced by Turkiss, I finally got to give the space a try. (more…)


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

NOAMI'S KOSHER PIZZA, 6828 Main Street (between 68th Road and 68th Avenue), Flushing, QueensEvery time I move on to another food journey, I turn to my readers to find out where they think the “best” version of this dish can be found. Before I even begin eating, I can usually predict the winners. But in the case of falafel, a realtively unknown little kosher pizzeria named Naomi’s won the poll by a landslide. This place is way out in Flushing, Queens nowhere near a subway stop yet it beat favorites like Taim and Mamoun’s by a landslide. It received close to 5 times more votes than any other falafel restaurant.

I wonder how this happened. Maybe Naomi’s launched a campaign for their customers to vote for them or perhaps I have a huge readership out in Flushing. Or maybe it’s more well-known then I gave it credit for. (more…)


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

GAZALA PLACE, 709 Ninth Avenue (between 48th and 49th Street), Hell's Kitchen Gazala Place in Hell’s Kitchen (and its bigger, newer location on the Upper West Side) is the only place in New York to get Druze cuisine. The Druze are a religious people that live throughout the Middle East and have a fairly distinct cuisine. The most notable difference is their very large and thin pita breads cooked on a griddle called a sagg.

Appetizer Platter at GAZALA PLACE

I’ve enjoyed many delicious meals at Gazala Place and am especially fond of all their breads and savory pies. On a recent meal, I paid special attention to their falafel, which was served as part of their appetizer sampler platter alongside hummus and labneh.

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

KULUSHKAT GOURMET FALAFEL, 446 Dean Street (between 5th Avenue and Flatbush Avenue), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

You can pretty much stuff whatever you want inside a falafel. And some places do. I’ve seen such unconventional fillings like sundried tomatoes, olives, and spinach. It seems these tend to be popular at Israeli falafel joints. And I love it because I can usually get a sampler and try some unique falafel creations.

No Falafel For You!

The strangest filling I’ve ever encountered was at Kulushkät Gourmet Falafel in Prospect Heights. They call it their chicken falafel. Now I’ve seen places that mix chicken schawarma and falafel into one sandwich (usually called a shawafel), but this was the first time I had seen chicken stuffed inside the falafel. But why not?

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

KARAM RESTAURANT, 8519 4th Avenue (between 85th and 86th Street), Bay Ridge, BrooklynI was recently in the far south neighborhood of Bay Ridge. One of the things I love about this neighborhood is that its generally not a destination neighborhood. Most people in New York have heard of it, but unless you live there, odds are you are not taking trips to explore it.

I’m not like everybody else. And I think a friend of mine was a little surprised to see me here when I ran into him on 86th Street. When I told him I was visiting to try some falafel and cheesecake, he was pretty impressed and perhaps slightly confused.

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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.

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