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Homemade Falafel: New Astoria Lebanese joint

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Homemade Falafel: New Astoria Lebanese joint

CitySpoonful | Jun 19, 2011 07:40 PM

Stopped by Homemade Falafel on B'way in Astoria Friday evening. The place just opened last Monday, so I wasn't expecting a lot from such a new place. But it was lovely, tasty food made with great care.

Great baba ghanoush -- very tangy (lime juice), with just the right amount of savory tahini and subtle smoky undertones (not overkill, as with some babas). Very fresh tabbouli! And even though it was just 20 min before closing on a Fri, the owners freshly fried my falafel for my wrap as I waited.

It was worth the 10 minute wait -- a flavorful mix of ground chickpeas, garlic, parsley and some mystery spices imported from Lebanon (according to the owners). So soft and not at all greasy.

In addition to the falafels, the wrap also had homemade turnip pickles (the purple ones), lettuce, tomatoes and tahini. My only quibble -- truly mediocre, dry, flavorless pita. Bu still a great combo -- the best falafel I have had in a very long time. Oh, and the owners were amazingly friendly, lovely people.

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Homemade Falafel
36-18 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

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