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East Village
Can’t decide between shawarma (shaved roasted lamb) and falafel? Try the hybrid “shawafel” at this sleek kosher spot. Big on catchy names—the restaurant held a much-publicized contest for its monkier—Chickpea’s owners are also keen on producing clean, fresh food. The pita is a bit chewey, but the bright-green falafel—packed with cilantro and parsley—is wonderful.
Venue name: Chickpea
Address: 23 Third Ave
New York

Cross street: at St. Marks Pl
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 10am–3am; Thu–Sat 10am–4am; Sun 10am–1am
Transport: Subway: 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $9. AmEx, MC, V ($10 minimum)
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