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Chicken Schwarma Sandwich at KARAM

I really only came out to Karam because I heard the falafel was pretty good. But I should have read the signs and immediately ordered their chicken schwarma sandwich because that’s the thing that makes this Bay Ridge joint a true destination. Succulent pieces of shaved chicken are stuffed into a pita along with pickles, lettuce, and a game-changing lemon-garlic sauce known as toum. Price: $7

KARAM RESTAURANT
8519 4th Avenue (between 85th and 86th Street),
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
(718) 745-5227
karam1.com

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York CityMANOUSHEH, 193 Bleecker Street (between Sixth Avenue and Sullivan Street), Greenwich VillageEast of Sixth Avenue, Bleecker Street is where restaurants go to die. With the abundance of college students and tourists coming through here, you’d think this stretch of Greenwich Village would be prime real estate to open a food business. But unfortunately very few of the fast-casual concepts survive. Since I’ve lived in New York, I have seen more turnover on this street than anywhere else.

So when I saw a new place called Manousheh recently open on this block, I didn’t pay it much attention. I figured it would last a few months and then something else would come and replace it. Except this time I tasted the food. And if everybody else does too, I think it will be here for a long time.

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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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Category: Falafel

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….

WAFA'S, 100-05 Metropolitan Avenue (between 70th and 71st Avenue), Forest Hills, Queens

When my mom called and I told her I had travelled to the middle of Queens for some falafel, the natural question was “Was it worth it?” And I can enthusiastically tell my mom it was indeed. I can’t imagine she’d schlep to Forest Hills on her next NYC visit just for some fried chickpeas, but for those that appreciate good Lebanese food, the trip is a worthwhile one.

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Category: Falafel

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

MAMOUN'S, 22 Saint Marks Place (between Third and Second Avenue), East Village

You can’t find a New Yorker alive today who remembers a time when this city didn’t have pizza, bagels, and hot dogs on every corner. But there are plenty of people who remember the days before falafel.

Today, it’s a pretty ubiquitous and iconic New York dish, but it wasn’t until the 1970’s that this city got its first taste of falafel. 1971, to be exact. That was the year that a Lebanese family opened the first Mamoun’s in Greenwich Village. And a falafel frenzy was born.

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