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Day Two of Falafel Week!
It's day two of my search for the best Falafel in Midtown… and while nobody has ever recommended Moshe's to me- I have walked by it many times, and it usually has a really long line. Well, in most places, long lines means good- so I figured I'd try it.
I'm not sure if I was there on a bad day or what, but the falafel I got was a mess. There was so much tahini poured over the top it was impossible to eat. I asked for hot sauce, but couldn't taste any under all the tahini- so I'm not sure if it was there, or they forgot to put it on.
Because this is a cart, and the falafel are made right there, they were warmer and a little fresher then yesterday's falafel (House of Pita), and had a really delicious outer crust that tasted sort of like the batter that you find around fried seafood in New Orleans (definetely not a bad thing!). Unfortunately the inside was a little a dry. You would think the tahini would have helped, but all of that was on the top, and the falafel was on the bottom. Their layering could definetely use a little work. Four falafels on the bottom of the pita pocket, lettuce and tomato on top of that, and then one falafel on top to make it seem layered… with the whole thing smothered in tahini.
I basically had two bites of falafel covered in tahini, four bites of just lettuce and tomato, and then the bottom was all falafel. The pita was better then yesterday, but it started falling apart after bite two, because of the tahini. Pretty disappointing. Usually taste rules, but when considering a place to eat a quick lunch on your break from work- messiness has to be taken into consideration.
Like I said, there was a really long line, so people must like this place- and maybe I just got one bad falafel. Next time I will definetely ask them to go easy on the tahini… maybe that will be an improvement. $4.25 for a whole, $3.00 for half… although I'm not sure what would constitute half… maybe less filling? That might be an improvement as well… If you've been here before please comment and let me know if your experience has been the same as mine.
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So we're only a few weeks away from McBurrito (I mean Chipotle) opening it's doors on the bottom floor of my building… but to hold me over, I discovered a burrito in the most unlikely of places. Europa Cafe. And you know what? It's not that bad.
After knocking Chipotle for it's lack of authenticity, I feel bad endorsing a burrito that a) comes from a place with Europa in the title, and b) specializes in salads and sandwiches. Clearly the "burrito bar" (another embarassing detail), would be a mere afterthought. If you have never been to Europa Cafe, it is another one of those chain deli type places that litter the city where you can make your own sandwiches, wraps, and salads, or choose from a ton of pre-made options. With the exception of Variety Cafe, I tend to steer clear of these places- but I was intrigued by the Burrito Bar.
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