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Mamoun’s Falafel

Restaurants, Central Asian Greenwich Village
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
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 (Photograph: Kaia Marie Balcos)
Photograph: Kaia Marie BalcosMamouns
 (Photograph: Kaia Marie Balcos)
Photograph: Kaia Marie BalcosMamouns
 (Photograph: Kaia Marie Balcos)
Photograph: Kaia Marie BalcosMamouns
 (Photograph: Kaia Marie Balcos)
Photograph: Kaia Marie BalcosMamouns
 (Photograph: Kaia Marie Balcos)
Photograph: Kaia Marie BalcosMamouns

Time Out says

It’s 4am, and you have three dollars and the munchies. Take heart: Mamoun’s Falafel is there for you, day or night. Serving quality Middle Eastern food since 1971, the place charges an extra 50 cents for to-go orders (which seems like a premium on top of a $2 order), so it’s an even better deal to show up late at night, when you might get a seat. The tabouli sandwich is tasty, but it will give you dry-mouth (if you don’t already have it), so pair it with lentil soup or order it as a platter (which includes veggies, dressing and pita). The falafel is served in a pita with lettuce, tomato and tahini, and you’d be well advised to add hummus or baba ganoush. Sweet pastries such as baklava and knafe—shredded phyllo dough with pistachios—leave you satisfied and ready for bed.



Address: 119 MacDougal St
New York
Cross street: between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St
Price: Average falafel: $2. Cash only.
Opening hours: Daily 11am–5am
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Delicious, fast, cheap. Arguably the best felafel in NYC! This place is a must-go for hungry peeps in the Village.

When I moved to New York City sometime around the first ice age, a Mamoun's falafel sandwich would run you $2. That had a nice ring to it, like the "Dollar Menu" or "Two Buck Chuck." I pray to god daily that "two-fifty-buck Chuck" never becomes a thing because the ship has already sailed on Mamoun's cheaper-than-a-load-of-laundry sandwich. I believe the current going rate is $3.50 but it's possible the proprietors will see fit to raise it again at any moment now that the flood gates are open. Still, anything less than $5 is a steal for what Mamoun's offers, which is a falafel pita stuffed with fresh vegetables (not the soggy, pickled kind you'll often come across) and as much hot sauce as you can bear, which odds are isn't that much cause the stuff is HOT. Like really hot. Don't use a lot, seriously you'll regret it. Whatever it costs you should tip generously because the food is still basically free by NYC standards.


There are many places in Manhattan that claim to make the "best" falafel, you know you have seen them. Well, this place really does. Don't go there for the spacious atmosphere or fancy decor because Mamoun's doesn't have either. What you need to go there for is the outstanding, freshly made, and very affordable Middle Eastern street food. Even hard core meat eaters will rave about the out of this world falafel. They've also got hummus, tabbouleh, shawarma, kebobs, and much more to choose from all priced under $15.00. If you have managed to save any room, they have pastries and spiced tea too.

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