Mamoun's is known for providing NYU students and local Village residents with their share of falafel at $2 a pop (a little more of the schwarma and the kebabs). Not only is Mamoun's cheap, it's a fast, easy, convenient and YUMMY (which is the key). Sometimes you start to really CRAVE falafel and schwarma, well, at least, I know I do! And Mamoun's is always the answer. Or if you're travelling on a budget, it's a perfect way to get filled up without spending a fortune.
Mind you, the place is a tight little hallway type restaurant, with about seating for four people and two different tables so be prepared to buy your food and go (tip, head to Washington Square Park to sit and eat, al freco! Enjoy the street performers and enjoy your falafel!!)
Also, be prepared to order quickly. It's NY so everything moves fast. Know your order before you order it. Or people will start yelling....
Favorite Dish: The falafel, schwarma, and the kebabs. And some apple juice!
Mamoun's is a little tiny nook on MacDougle street. The line is usally out the door but don't let that deter you, it goes really quickly. Mamoun's only has a couple of small wooden booths and I always get my food togo since sitting there you are crowded by the people waiting their turn to order. Washington Square Park is around the corner so you can take your food there easily. The food is really great and really cheap!
They are open 10am -5am (yes AM) so whenever you get a hankerin' for some middle eastern food they'll be there!
Favorite Dish: I've only gotten the delicious Falafal ($2.50!!) and it is amazing!
Mamoun's in the village on MacDougal street is a really good place to grab a falafel or shawarma on the go.
A small, dark "stop-in" place with a fast line for service, the food is really very good, and cheap fast eats.
Very popular and also usually crowded, most people grab & run, but there are a few tables inside / outside on terrace if you want to sit down and eat there.
I usually take it either a block or so up to Washington sq. park or else just park on a stoop somewhere close by and chow (grab a few extra napkins or you'll be wearing some of it).
Very affordable and a great place to people-watch as it sits right off Bleecker in the middle of the action & club section of the village.
An excellent place to refuel when you're clubbin' (they stay open until 5am)
Favorite Dish: I had a good falafel sandwich one night while we were club-hopping in the village.
A smaller restraunant with seating. Comfy and inexpensive
Favorite Dish: Arguable the BEST falafel in the city. Don't like falafel? then try one of their other fabulous dishes (wow, I sound like a commercial! haha! Seriously though, great food)
It's a hole in the wall kind of place but the line tends to be very long... somtimes out the sidewalk. However, the orders are done very quickly.
It's right in the heart of west village so have it to go and walk around the village or take it to to the Washington Square Park for some people watching. Many times you will find some live music and interesting free performances there.
Favorite Dish: The best falafel in the whole wide world. They also have other middle eastern dishes like chicken and lamb schwarma or kufta, babaganoush, etc. But you can't beat the $2 falafel! Who said that NYC is expensive!
Very small place, very very small. A few tables and a counter that you walk up to and order and wait for your food. If you sit and eat there, someone's bum will be in your face. Cheap, a falafel costs $2.75 and is extremely filling.
Favorite Dish: Duh, falafel! With baba ganoush. For those unitiated folks, a falafel is a sandwich made in a pita bread. Falafel actually refer to the fried balls made with ground chickpeas. The sandwich comes stuffed with falafel, salad, and tahini sauce (ground sesame seeds). Baba ganoush is a spread/sauce/dip made with roasted eggplant, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.
I was in Orlando, at a small Lebanese restaurant, when the owner found out I was from New York and asked me "Have you been to Mahmoun's?". That's how good this place is. On Friday and Saturday nights there's a line out the door, after the clubs close. It's a hole in the wall, not at all romantic, but if you've just spent a night partying NYC style in the West village, it's practically tradition to end it with some kebabs or falafel at Mahmoun's. Next door is a place called Kati roll, specializing in Punjabi snacks, that usually has even longer lines. Both are amazing, both are tradition, and if you want to feel like a real New Yorker, go along with the craziness and try it.
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Best place in the city to go to after a long night of drinking...no hung over next morning I promise. Anytime you happen to be in East Village around NYU you need to try thier the shawerma there.
Its very simple there, one shawerma one falafel and a soda...then go stand outside munching them. Dessert is simple and great too...nothing fancy all middleastern bits.
Favorite Dish: Shawermaaaaaaaa
This has the ideal position, right in the Town. There are several places and they're all always energetic with company. I got the frequent falafel as a food and believed it was fantastic. It was very inexpensive and came very easily. Definitely suggest verifying this position out for a fast eat and a awesome flavor of Native indian culture!
They're famous for their falafels, which are the best this side of the Atlantic. The place is tiny and the lines are always long, but the guy behind the counter is so fast, you can watch the line move! They also sell schwarmas, which is some kind of sandwich; I've never had one, and a few other items. But the $2 falafels are their stock-in-trade. And they're great!
Favorite Dish: The above says it all. I think you have to have a taste for falafels to fully appreciate them. I used to date an Arabic girl, and she would make them for me from time to time. At first, I wasn't sure if I liked them, but that didn't last long. Now they're one of my favorites. We can get them in Syracuse and they're not half-bad, but they're way more than $2.
Does anybody eat Middle Eastern food in NYC anymore? Haven't been here recently but I did visit New Haven, CT where they also have a Mamoun's, also open until 3 or 4 or 5 in the morning. A must for late-night Greenwich Village bar crawlers in need of solid nourishment.
Favorite Dish: I prefer the shishkebab (pronounced Sheesh-ke-bahb) sandwiches, grilled lamb, lettuce, tomato , spices, tahini dressing in a pita. I have tried to make a Mamoun's shishkebab at home with varying degrees of success (some supermarkets have decent tahini in a can, others don't): there is no substitute for the original. Don't forget the heavily sugared tea.