New York’s Best Falafel

New York is deep in first-class falafel, from trucks, takeout dives, Israeli-style lunch counters, and homey Lebanese kitchens, among other places. Here's an alphabetical list of some of Chowhounds' favorite places to get it:

ALFANOOSE
8 Maiden Lane (between Broadway and Nassau Street), Manhattan
212-528-4669

This Syrian-Lebanese restaurant, a longtime Financial District lunch hangout, rolls out fresh, cumin-spiced falafel.
#1 on map

AZURI CAFÉ
465 W. 51st Street (near 10th Avenue), Manhattan
212-262-2920

Even the famously cranky proprietor doesn't deter hounds from these Israeli-style falafel sandwiches and standout salads.
#2 on map

DARNA FALAFEL
200 Court Street (between Warren and Wyckoff streets), Brooklyn
347-799-1673

This cozy café adds portobellos and roasted peppers to its well-constructed falafel wrap.
#3 on map

GAZALA'S PLACE
709 Ninth Avenue (at W. 49th Street), Manhattan
212-245-0709

Falafel gets an Israeli Druze spin in Hell's Kitchen and at a sister restaurant uptown.
#4 on map

HOMEMADE FALAFEL
36-18 Broadway (near 37th Street), Astoria, Queens
718-545-0034

Made-to-order falafel with gentle Lebanese spicing is the signature specialty.
#5 on map

KABAB CAFÉ
25-12 Steinway Street (near 25th Avenue), Astoria, Queens
718-728-9858

The meze plate at this hound destination in Astoria's Little Egypt features delectable falafel.
#6 on map

KULUSHKÄT
446C Dean Street (between Fifth and Flatbush avenues), Brooklyn
347-799-1972
Crunchy, herbaceous falafel is a good bet to beat stadium eats before an event at nearby Barclays Center.
#7 on map

NAOMI'S KOSHER PIZZA
68-28 Main Street (near 68th Road), Kew Gardens Hills, Queens
718-520-8754

The Queens College crowd goes for fresh, crisp falafel made in small batches.
#8 on map

RAINBOW FALAFEL
26 E. 17th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue), Manhattan
212-691-8641

This closet-size shop has lines out the door for tasty, messy falafel pitas drenched in tahini.
#9 on map

TAÏM
222 Waverly Place (at Seventh Avenue), Manhattan
212-691-1287

Nouveau Israeli–style falafel comes in herb, harissa, and roasted-pepper flavors in the Village, from Taïm's truck, and soon at a new shop in Nolita.
#10 on map

WAFA'S
100-05 Metropolitan Avenue (between 70th Avenue and 70th Road), Forest Hills, Queens
718-880-2055

Among the many winners at this home-style Lebanese spot is first-rate falafel (ask for extra pickled turnip).
#11 on map

Photo of Kabab Café’s fava bean falafel by Flickr member arnold | inuyaki under Creative Commons


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