That’s right… it’s Falafel Week. I’m guessing I don’t have to explain what a Falafel is… if you work in Midtown I can’t imagine you’ve never tried one. But nevertheless, if you haven’t- it’s a fried ball of ground up chickpeas (although it can be fava beans as well). As a sandwich, it usually comes wrapped in Pita bread with tahini (sesame seed paste) or Hummus (chickpea spread) or both. Often there will be vegetables in the sandwich as well, ranging from lettuce and tomato, to cucumber salad to pickles or cabbage. It usually depends on the region of the Middle East it is coming from. Sometimes the balls will be green on the inside, which happens when an herb (usually parsley I think) is added to the ground up chickpeas. Many places will offer a hot sauce as well.
Every Falafel place in the city is different… and there are plenty of them. So, every day this week I will go to a different Falafel place and write about it- here on MidtownLunch.com. With the help of past experience and the good folks on Chowhound.com, I’ve chosen 5 places to go to (one each day). Since taste can be very subjective, everyone has their favorite place- so I’ll try not to talk about what I think is the best or worst. I’ll just tell what variation of this delicious treat they’re serving, and you can decide which one sounds best to you. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to post comments. Here’s the Plan:
- Monday – House of Pita – 48th btw. 5th & 6th Avenue
- Tuesday – Moshe’s Falafel – SE Corner of 46th & 6th Avenue.
- Wednesday – Kwik Meal Cart – SW Corner of 45th & 6th Avenue.
Thursday – Miriam’s Falafel – West side of 6th Avenue on 46th St.
- Thursday – Bread and Olive – 45th between 5th & 6th Avenue.
- Friday – Aron’s Restaurant – 48th btw. 5th & 6th Ave.
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions…