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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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Category: Falafel

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

ALFANOOSE, 8 Maiden Lane (between Broadway and Nassau Street), Financial District

Upon entering Alfanoose, I thought I’d get something you don’t usually get with falafel: table service. The large dining room is unusual for a falafel joint in NYC, tying into its old history of being traditionally a street food.

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