Holy falafel! How can something this cheap taste so good? Part of me is happy to have finally tasted this Middle Eastern goodness, and another is saddened, perhaps even flabbergasted that I had never eaten here in all my years in NYC. After a night out around Greenwich Village abusing my liver with a bunch of friends we happened upon this falafel mecca to chow down. I was instantly hooked.
Mamoun’s Falafel is one of those hole in the wall places that has been around since the 1970’s and certainly looks the part. Decor is non-existant, as is any real seating other than a few cramped tables and a bench out by the front door, and the walls are covered by worn out wood paneling and faded pictures. To me it’s part of the charm here. Honestly, no one really cares as evidenced by the non-stop line of people coming and going the night we were here. I observed customer after customer arriving hungry with a yearning for falafel goodness, and when handed that sandwich left with a fanatical look in their eyes.
If there is one thing they do here they do it exceptionally well – and that is make a kick ass falafel sandwich! Only $3.00 – I kid you not! An excellent bargain for a most enjoyable taste sensation. The guys behind the counter are super quick no-nonsense types that keep the line moving. Order your food and it comes out in about two minutes. Lentil soup was also very tasty at $3 and an ice cold Poland Spring water was only $1. You can’t get any cheaper than this – and it’s hella good!
Like it hot and spicey? There is a squeeze bottle of hot sauce equivalent to liquid flame that is usually by the counter or sitting on one of the tables. This dark red sauce will surely tingle your taste buds. Or fry them off!
I’ll be honest – I’m not a lamb fan. Won’t normally eat it, so the shawarma is something I can’t comment on. I did see others eating it. Still, there is more than enough here with the tasty falafel, chicken kabobs, and hummus on the small menu of offerings.
Mamoun’s is cash only, but it’s so cheap and delicious that all you need is a few bucks to enjoy a quality bite. Now with six locations throughout NY, NJ, and even CT to satisfy any falafel craving!
Mamoun’s – http://www.mamouns.com/