Owner Mouhamad Shami found the city’s falafel too oily, so he introduced his own at this cafeteria-style lunch spot, which also serves fine shawarma, kebabs, baba ghanoush and other Middle Eastern standards. The crunchy chickpea fritters are worth a detour: The tasty patties are lighter than most and subtly spiced with cumin and coriander. The results are good enough to grace “Best Falafel” lists, and have amassed a large following among Financial District workers. It’s healthier than most takeout, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t cheap (a falafel sandwich goes for $5, a platter $9) or fast.
8 Maiden Ln
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Nassau St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11:30am–9:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C to Broadway–Nassau St; J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Fulton St|
|Price:||Average falafel: $5. AmEx, Disc|