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:
8 Maiden Lane (between Broadway and Nassau Street), Manhattan
This Syrian-Lebanese restaurant, a longtime Financial District lunch hangout, rolls out fresh, cumin-spiced falafel.
#1 on map
465 W. 51st Street (near 10th Avenue), Manhattan
Even the famously cranky proprietor doesn’t deter hounds from these Israeli-style falafel sandwiches and standout salads.
#2 on map
446C Dean Street (between Fifth and Flatbush avenues), Brooklyn
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
The Queens College crowd goes for fresh, crisp falafel made in small batches.
#8 on map
26 E. 17th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue), Manhattan
This closet-size shop has lines out the door for tasty, messy falafel pitas drenched in tahini.
#9 on map
222 Waverly Place (at Seventh Avenue), Manhattan
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
100-05 Metropolitan Avenue (between 70th Avenue and 70th Road), Forest Hills, Queens
Among the many winners at this home-style Lebanese spot is first-rate falafel (ask for extra pickled turnip).
#11 on map