Best Falafel Places in NYC

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by Sylvia Stanley

Falafels are a staple in New York and throughout the bustling streets; people can be found standing in lines just to eat a tasty falafel. Blending herbs and spices into a deep-fried ball of ground chickpeas is the very definition of falafel.

Whether you have a falafel alone or create a sandwich, one taste and you are hooked. Stop by the best falafel places in New York for various flavors.

Azuri Café

465 West 51st Street

Azuri Café

Carrying the slogan “Where the Heart of Israel is,” Azuri Café has an abundance of herbs and spices fried into each falafel. Known primarily for soups, Azuri Café does have a falafel sandwich that will continuously keep your mouth watering.

Falafel sandwiches and platters are provided with baba ghanoush, pickles, red cabbage, mixed red peppers, and hummus. Enjoy a tasty pita falafel sandwich or purchase a plate with a group of friends. Either way, you can’t go wrong with the falafels at Azuri Café.

Taїm

222 Waverly Place

Taїm

In Hebrew, Taїm means “tasty” and once you bite into their falafel sandwiches you will certainly understand. The falafel is gluten free, fried to order, and prepared with the freshest ingredients.

Taїm has three flavors of falafels and each one has its own individual taste. Try the traditional green falafel which is a combination of parsley, cilantro, and mint. If you would like a little spice, the harissa is filled with Tunisian spices. The red falafel is a ball of roasted red peppers. Create a falafel sandwich with a taste of everything.

Zizi Limona

129 Havemeyer

Zizi Limona

Feel like you are in Tel Aviv as you enjoy crispy falafels packed with spices that will intrigue your taste buds.

Non-greasy falafels are crafted from lemon, cilantro, and coriander. Accompanied with curried yogurt and tahini, pickled cabbage, onions, and tomatoes, the falafels are just the main course of the meal.

Alfanoose

64 Fulton Street

Alfanoose

Founder Mouhamad Shami began cooking falafels lightly fried in oil as opposed to dripping in oil to bring forth the flavorful taste of the herbs and spices.

A crisp, spice nugget of a falafel can be found wrapped in pita bread for you to devour. Parsley, onion, and garlic fill the falafel and might just make your eyes water.

Kulushkӓt Gourmet Falafel

1137b Washington Avenue, 446c Dean Street

Kulushkӓt Gourmet Falafel

Kulushkӓt Gourmet Falafel was established with recipes from Yagil Kadosh’s mom and everyone knows that moms believe food is important. Local, sustainable produce is purchased and the freshest ingredients are used to create amazing falafels.

Choose from falafel flavors such as classic, mushroom and spinach, spicy, and Mediterranean chicken. The classic falafel is stuffed with hummus, red cabbage, eggplant, and tahini. Create a falafel sandwich with a white or whole wheat pita.

Kabab Café

231 East Swedesford Road

Kabab Café

Family owned restaurant, Kabab Café, creates a friendly and comfortable atmosphere for you to enjoy a variety of Persian Grille, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern food. Authentic cuisine is prepared using quality ingredients.

The falafel is what brings patrons to Kabab Café and with layers of flavor, why shouldn’t it? Homemade vegetarian falafels can be purchased by the platter, so bring your friends or family to share in the goodness of authentic falafels.

King Of Falafel & Shawarma

Southeast corner of Broadway and 29th Street in Astoria, Queens, Northwest corner of 53rd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown East

King Of Falafel & Shawarma

Run by the now almost famous falafel king, Freddy Aeideia, the award winning King of Falafel continues to deliver amazing quality food. It's nothing less than top notch and potentially the very best of falafel spots you may run into. Once you've tasted these Palestinian falafels with its steamy center and crunchy exterior you will come back. It's a tasty mix of spices, chickpeas, peppers and "secrets" that all together makes a unique tasting experience.

Try the chicken platter as well. Did we say that the portions are huge, worthy of a king!

Wafa’s

100-05 Metropolitan Avenue

Wafa's

Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine stands out at Wafa’s with fresh, healthy, and delicious ingredients. The chef, Wafa, was born and raised in Lebanon and truly enjoys cooking meals for customers.

Serious flavor is packed in the fried falafels that are filled with pickled turnips, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and tahini. Being wrapped in a pita only makes the falafels taste even better.

New York has the best falafel places for you to experience cuisine that is new and unique. Tasting and getting to know a culture through cuisine is exciting and can be accomplished through eating at various falafel places. Hurry and get to New York to try these falafels.