From 1 to 10 on the hand-held food photo scale, most falafel ranks pretty low. (See above pic.) I took a lot of snapshots of this falafel from Alfanoose, and I just couldn’t get it right. My theory is that the uglier falafel gets, the better it tastes. I say that because this falafel is one of the best, period. On the left is a spinach pie of sorts, and it’s pretty tasty too.
I’ve been a fan of Alfanoose for ages, dating back to the old hole-in-the wall location on Fulton Street. That place was standing room only with a long line out the door on most days. The current location is gigantic by comparison. Wall Streeters couldn’t be happier. What makes the falafel so great? Well, as you can probably tell, that’s not pita bread. It’s a Middle Eastern-style flat bread, sort of like a wrap. The falafel is always perfectly fried, and always freshly cooked. In fact, yesterday was the first time I’ve ever not seen them fry my falafel to order. And then comes the hot sauce. They always ask you if you want hot sauce, to be safe, but you really have to opt for it. This is falafel with oomph. Yeah sure, as a customer on Amazon once said after reading my Veg Out book, I’m into falafel, but you’re just gonna have to take my word for it, head way downtown, and try it for yourself some time. By the way, just about everything I’ve ever tried there is fantastic, including the very satisfying foul mudammas, tabouli, and especially the mojadara. And did I mention that this place is a paradise for vegetarians?