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Best Falafel in Manhattan

Taim falafelWe are well into Falafel season in New York City (April – March).  I will make this one nice and painless, almost W42st pick-5 style.  When I want a good Falafel these are the only places I consider.  They are fairly spread out, so helps with your sightseeing, quick bite needs.  I cant think of a better, more affordable snack in town other than a well crafted Falafel.  For most of you EWZ old timers, other than one place perhaps (Ba’al) this wont offer anything new.

Nish Nush – Any Falafel discussion should start and end with the Nish Nushes (or Nish Nishe).  Two of them now, though I still prefer the original Tribeca location over FiDi.  Pitas at FiDi didnt do it for me last time.  The regular “Classic” over the other flavors (Tribeca, FiDi) any time.

Taim – Pronounced Ta-eem, as in “Delicious” in Hebrew.  Its indeed delicious, but not exactly a NYC secret.  I have to admit, I changed the wording in the first paragraph to “Consider” from “Frequent” since I dont really frequent Taim as much as I used to.  The Nolita location crowds makes me slightly noxious when I pass by.  But the falafel platter here, with 9 gorgeous schweddy balls, fresh salads, and pita with Za’atar seasoning, is divine.  (West Village, Nolita)

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Gazala’s – Although not exactly a recent discovery, I feel like the falafel here is.  I’ve had it before, but lately cant get enough of it.  I dont know if its the type of oil they use, but it just tastes fresher.  Nice golden scrips on the outside, perfectly seasoned and herbed on the inside.  This is not a sandwich recommendation per se.  You get the plate with paper thin pita (ask for it) and hummus that is another must order (Hell’s Kitchen)

Ba’al Cafe and Falafel – Tucked away in the quieter parts of Soho, Ba’al is the definition of hole in the wall.  There’s nothing fancy here but a simple solid Falafel sandwich.  My secret weapon (Soho)

Azuri – This is a pick for those looking for a little bit more excitement to their falafel experience.  And by excitement I mean something more akin to riding a scary roller-coaster.  You not only get a beautifully crafted falafel sandwich in a thick whole wheat pita, but you get to deal with Ezra the Falafel Nazi.  (Hell’s Kitchen)

Mamouns – Just kidding.

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Nish Nush – Ach Ya!

Nish Nush - Falafel A little Borat/Bruno humor there

So the other day something weird happened at night that never happened before.  No, not what you think.  And shame on you.  What happened was I was awaken by Mrs Z’s stomach making all kinds of weird noises.  I spent about 10 minutes lying there listening to this processing symphony with a certain amount of fear that she’ll wake up with some sort of ailment.  The night before we had an incredible meal at a place where 2 Yelpers got sick recently and I couldn’t help but worry.  (That place is not Nish Nush).  Unlike snoring, there’s really nothing much you can do in this case.  I mean, imagine this conversation..

Her:  “What?”

Me:  “Ahhm, your stomach is making noises”

Her:  “And..what exactly can I do about that?”

Me:   “Ahem, can you.. like.. go downstairs and have a turkey sandwich or something”

Her:  Speechless

Me:  “I love you”

Her:  “Fuck You!”

See what I mean?  But thankfully Mrs Z woke up fine the next day and everything turned out fine.  False alarm.  What does it have to do with Nish Nush?  Good question Timmy.  Nish Nush is sort of a symbol that we are eating out a little bit too much lately, and as I was listening to Amadeus Belly I was wondering if I’m going too far.  The place is an hour drive from my house and I already visited it twice in one week.

Quite simply Nish Nush (“snack” in Hebrew) serves the best Falafel in NYC at the moment.  Their classic “Green” Falafel is not really green but picture perfect blend of brown and green herbs, mostly brown which I prefer.  Along with the perfectly crispy exterior its the closest I’ve had to Falafel in Israel.  Although I used to live in Israel as a kid, my best Falafel came last year when I returned as an adult (stop laughing Mrs Z!).  Falafel here is made to order which makes a big difference.  Pitas are baked in house which is another big plus, and are served warm.  There’s free Hummus inside the Falafel sandwich, which is sort of a sad plus.  Hummus should always be free, like wifi.  So many charge extra for Hummus these days.

But thats not all Nish Nush serves of course.   They have a pretty large menu in fact for a place like this.  All sorts of Hummus specialties, the Hummus Whisperer a former? contributor to this blog swears by their Masabacha, Hummus with warm chickpeas, boiled eggs, and spices.  Hummus is made fresh daily and second only to Gazala’s Place for my taste.  The Falafel Platter puts other Falafel platters to shame and I’ll let the pictures do the talking.  They also got Sabich on the menu and get this, they even spell Schug correctly.

Move over Taim! Just a little bit

Nish Nush

88 Reade St, New York, NY 10013

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