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Hummus Place
109 Saint Marks Pl.
b/w 1st Ave. & Avenue A

$$$$$

3.3

9

Hummus Place is up to three locations now, East Village Hummus Place-EV, West Village Hummus Place-WV, and the Upper West Side Hummus Place-UWS. While everyone is raving about the .. >

Taim
222 Waverly Pl.
b/w Perry & W 11th St.

$$$$$

3.3

6

A couple of weeks ago, before Robyn skipped town to frolic in Bologna she told me that she was going to dinner with friends to a place, which she announced had the best falafel in .. >

chickpea
210 E 14th St.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3.3

6

Chickpea is more expensive than your average falafel & shawarma joint. Some of their products are worth it and some aren't. Here's what you should and shouldn't get: Order: Fal.. >

Kabab Cafe
2512 Steinway St.

$$$$$

3

4

Conspicuously absent from Peter Meehan's perceptive, thoughtful review of the Kabab Cafe was any mention of one of the original chowhounds, Jim Leff, who championed the restaurant'.. >

Cafe Mogador
101 Saint Marks Pl.
b/w 1st Ave. & Avenue A

$$$$$

3.7

4

My main reason for eating out so often is because...I like da foods. The process of shoving tasty things into my mouth and maneuvering my jaw in such a manner so that my teeth may .. >

Yemen Café
176 Atlantic Ave.
b/w Clinton & Court St.

$$$$$

3.2

3

Fateh ($15), bread bits cooked in gravy and topped with minced lamb, was our large group's clear favorite on a cool, drizzly evening... >

Rush Hour
134 Ludlow St.
b/w Rivington & Stanton St.

$$$$$

3

I swear we’ll get back to covering NYC food - things have just been a little hectic lately. Here’s a shot of my American Burger from Rush Hour to tide you over... >

Alfanoose
8 Maiden Ln
b/w Broadway & Nassau St.

$$$$$

3

3

Establishments serving Middle Eastern food in New York tend to be starkly divided into two categories: pricey and very cheap, with very little in between. At one end there are the .. >

Casbah Rouge
2841 Broadway
at 110th St.

$$$$$

3

2

I was really, really looking forward to this place - invited for a birthday party, and I'd never tried Moraccan before. Always up for something new, I waited all week to go there. .. >

Horus Cafe
93 Avenue B
at 6th St.

$$$$$

3.4

2

I love going to Horus Cafe in the Lower East Side for Middle Eastern food. H and I went on a weeknight and it was such a different, mellow scene from the crazy, jam-packed atmosphe.. >

Rainbow Falafel & Shawarma
26 E 17th St.
b/w Broadway & 5th Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

Just moved over the weekend and don’t have any internet connection yet so long time - no post. Anyhow last Friday started taking some salsa classes again and decided to check out R.. >

Bread & Olive
20 John St.
b/w Broadway & Nassau St.

$$$$$

3.3

2

Everybody loves falafel!  So the second week of Midtown Lunch’s existence was dubbed Falafel Week- and each day I visited and wrote about a different Midtown falafel.. >

Babouche
92 Prince St.
at Mercer St.

$$$$$

2.8

2

How is that that proprietors can pour so much money — and, one can assume, so much hope — into a restaurant, then let a series of questionable decisions and avoidable mistakes trip.. >

Sahara
2337 Coney Island Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

You wouldn’t know it by looking at me, but I love salad. I enjoy it as an appetizer. I clean off my plate when it comes as a side. And, if it’s really tasty, I could be completely .. >

Oznot’s Dish
79 Berry St.

$$$$$

2.9

1

Well, I headed back to Williamsburg and made another minor dent in the numerous bars over there. I need to go a bit later in the day next time though because many of them don’t ope.. >

La Maison du Couscous
484 77th St.

$$$$$

3.3

1

If it’s a nasty night and you don’t want to stray too far from the nearest subway stop, you’re in the same boat that my girlfriend and I were in on Saturday.  Absolutely gross weat.. >

Bedouin Tent
405 Atlantic Ave.

$$$$$

3.9

1

Located on the northeast corner of Bond St. and Atlantic Av., Bedouin Tent is the least flashy of the three-restaurant cluster on that corner.  Its menu suggests that it is run by .. >

Cevabdzinica Sarajevo
3718 34th St.
b/w 37th & 38th Ave.

$$$$$

2.9

1

I am eternally grateful that my girlfriend comes along with me on these food excursions, and I’m even more grateful that she’s flexible and patient – for instance, last night’s exc.. >

Siwa Grill
6917 5th Ave.

$$$$$

4.4

1

Sometimes on the weekends, with a full day of potential explorations possible, I get a little lazy.  Instead of trekking to the far regions of Queens or some previously-obscure cor.. >

MomBar
2522 Steinway St.

$$$$$

3.1

1

Treasure the restauranteur who follows his own muse. While Zagat gives the River Café the nod for best decor, I vote for Moustafa Rahman's Mombar, a Southern Egyptian restaurant in.. >

Damascus Bakery
195 Atlantic Ave., Ste 1
at Court St.

$$$$$

3.3

1

Italy has its olive and hazelnut oil, France has chestnut spread, Greece has fresh filo dough, Morocco has couscous, and China has roasted soybeans, but Sahadi’s in Brooklyn has it.. >

Fountain Café
183 Atlantic Ave.
b/w Clinton & Court St.

$$$$$

3.2

1

There are times that I forget that my friend Joy is half-Syrian (perhaps it's because the other half is pure-bred WASP). But, the other night, when we hooked up among the hookahs o.. >

Zaytoons
472 Myrtle Ave.
b/w Washington & Hall

$$$$$

3

1

[Firstly, I must thank you all for your feedback on the posters in the last entry, whether you commented here or on flickr. I didn't expect that much feedback! YOU ARE ALL TOO AWES.. >

Miriam
79 5th Ave.
at Prospect Pl.

$$$$$

3.1

1

Daylight savings time is so great! I had an extra hour to get to Brooklyn for brunch with Elizabeth. It took me no time at all to get to the Pacific stop on the N train. She wanted.. >

Black Betty
366 Metropolitan Ave.
at Havemeyer St.reet

$$$$$

3.3

1

Black Betty is set up as a faux North African themed dive. Red walls, tattered seats, and other touches give the place a produced seedy decor, but one that is still a pleasure to s.. >

Cafe Istanbul
1715 Emmons Ave.

$$$$$

3.6

1

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, my girlfriend and I made our way to Sheepshead Bay, for what we thought was to be an interim stop on the way to an afternoon of sun on Manhattan or.. >

Sanaa Restaurant
193 Atlantic Ave.
b/w Court & Clinton St.

$$$$$

3

1

Late night hunger pangs got you wondering if there’s an alternative to ordering from Bedouin Tent for the billionth time?  That’s where I was last night, anyway.  I love the Tent, .. >

Oasis
161 N 7th St.

$$$$$

3

1

Mike King delivered the difference-making RBI double in the 3rd inning as the previously winless Karl Malone and the Mailmen finally delivered... >

Marrakesh
235 E 53rd St., Lower Level
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3.2

1

I haven’t seen Kim for the longest time and really hang out with her. Why? Because of the chaotic meet up that I had back in July for the South Street Seaport concert didn’t suffic.. >

Cinderella Falafel
129 2nd Ave.
b/w 7th St. & St. Marks Pl

$$$$$

3

1

Three words come to mind - just not impressed. The falafel here is brown and blah, with slow service, and just none of the zing of Chickpea. Nuff said. Sorry guys. If I'm on this e.. >

Kebap G
1830 2nd Ave.
b/w 94th & 95th St.

$$$$$

3

1

Some weeks ago, I wrote about finding the doner kebap at Memo comparable in content and quality (if not in size) to the fare at some of my favorite German and Austrian kebap stands.. >

Cafe Orlin
41 Saint Marks Pl.
b/w 1st & 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Looking for an ideal brunch hangout? Now that sunny days and warm weather are finally arriving in New York, it’s important to have all your favorite brunch hangouts lined up. A gre.. >

Rectangles
1431 1st Ave.
b/w 74th & 75th St.

$$$$$

3.1

1

The hot summer days in New York City evoke a climate not unlike the summer I spent abroad in Israel in 1990. I remember fondly the cafes in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, which sta.. >

Pick a Pita
247 W 38th St.
b/w 7th & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

A little over a month ago, this photo was posted to the Midtown Lunch Flickr Photo Group by joshbousel: For un-fat people not looking to stuff various foods with french fries, a pi.. >

Mamoun's
119 MacDougal St.
b/w Bleecker & W 3rd St.

$$$$$

3.2

1

...Wait, wuh? I didn't know much about the Israeli chocolatier (besides that he's bald and makes chocolates) until he opened one of his combination store-and-cafe chocolate-filled .. >

Al-Baraka
154 E 55th St.
b/w 3rd & Lexington Ave.

$$$$$

3.5

1

I’m a big fan of the buffet.  Not any particular buffet… just buffets in general.  I like the style of eating.  I like the variety.  I like the extent to which I can embarrass myse.. >

Zerza
304 E 6th St.
b/w 1st & 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

1

Instead of having a crazy night out at a party, we decided to celebrate New Year's in style at a restaurant. Miss Jess, one of my ladies from California, is here visiting her boy, .. >

Mamlouk
211 E 4th St.
corner of Avenue A & Avenue B

$$$$$

3

1

Middle-Eastern places are all over the country these days and they're definitely a hot favourite with the desi crowd in Manhattan. Last night we dined with my brother-in-law and hi.. >

Bamiyan
358 3rd Ave.
at 26th St.

$$$$$

3.2

1

Danna and I had planned on going to Wallse tonight, but after a very long and trying week, we both decided to order in and post-pone our Austrian dinner. So, staying at the top par.. >

Galil Restaurant
1252 Lexington Ave.
b/w 84th & 85th St.

$$$$$

3

1

Sometimes you want a hot beverage to chat over, and in that case Starbucks can be your savior-- due to their comfy furniture, not due to their burnt, nasty coffee or overly sweet d.. >

The House of Pita
32 W 48th St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

House of Pita was the first falafel I had when I started working in Midtown.  One Avenue away from my office, on the most visited food street for my building.  (46th between 5th an.. >

Afghan Kebab House #1
764 9th Ave.
b/w 51st & 52nd St.

$$$$$

3

1

If you’re down in Times Square and in search of a reasonably priced meal but) Want to avoid tourists / don’t want to go to franchise fast food.Don’t want to spend beaucoup bucks on.. >

Azuri Cafe
465 W 51st St.
b/w 9th & 10th Ave.

$$$$$

3.3

1

It's been almost 2 years since I've spoken to my friend, Marsha Cottrell. No bad blood, just preoccupied. Marsha is a kick ass artist and foodie. We met up one time at a place that.. >

Moshe’s Falafel
442 W 45th St

$$$$$

3

1

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 lin.. >

Hudson Falafel
516 Hudson St.
b/w W 10th & Christopher St.

$$$$$

3

1

I’ve been pretty lazy lately with regards to lunch, and the weather this week hasn’t exactly made me regret the decision – however, the quality of food I’ve gotten has, for the mos.. >

Mocca Espresso Lounge
78-82 Reade St.
at Church St.

$$$$$

3

1

I love the joy of discovering new places and Tribeca is full of them. I am going to go back here again on Saturday because they are having a street fair related to the Tribeca Film.. >

Laila Restaurant
440 7th Ave.
at 15th St.

$$$$$

Zaytoons
283 Smith St.
at Sackett St.

$$$$$

3

Pita Grill
329 Smith St.
at Carroll St.

$$$$$

3

Pita Pan
167 7th Ave.
at 1st St.

$$$$$

Mr. Falafel
226 7th Ave.
b/w 3rd & 4th St.

$$$$$

Tutt Café
47 Hicks St.
b/w Middagh & Cranberry St.

$$$$$

Tripoli
156 Atlantic Ave.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

Waterfalls Café
144 Atlantic Ave.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

Mabat, Brooklynn
1809 E 7th St.

$$$$$

Fatoosh Pitza & BBQ
330 Hicks St.
at Atlantic Ave.

$$$$$

3

Yummy Shawarmy
71 7th Ave. S
at Bleecker St.

$$$$$

2

OK Falafel House
1752 2nd Ave.
b/w 91st & 92nd St.s

$$$$$

Cafe Rakka
81 Saint Marks Pl.
b/w 1st & 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

3

Hoomoos Asli
100 Kenmare St.
at Lafayette, b/w Broome & Spring St.

$$$$$

3.1

Tuts
196 Orchard St.
b/w Houston & Stanton St.

$$$$$

Grill 44
160 E 44th St.
b/w 3rd & Lexington Ave.

$$$$$

3

Pars
249 W 26th St.
b/w 7th & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

Le Rendez-vous
178 Lexington Ave.
at 31st St.

$$$$$

Cafe Roma
175 W 91st St.
at Amesterdam Ave.

$$$$$

3

Sido
403 Amsterdam Ave.
at 79th St.

$$$$$

Monaco
421 Amsterdam Ave.
at 80th St.

$$$$$

2.7

Turquoise Grill
1270 Amsterdam Ave.
at 123rd St.

$$$$$

Jerusalem Restaurant
2715 Broadway
b/w 103rd & 104th St.

$$$$$

Ravagh
1237 1st Ave.
at 67th St.

$$$$$

Ravagh
1237 1st Ave.
at 67th St.

$$$$$

Cafe Nana
606 W 115th St., 2nd Fl.
b/w Broadway & Riverside Dr.

$$$$$

3.2

Le Caire
189 E 3rd St.
b/w Avenue A & Avenue B

$$$$$

5

Ludo
42 E 1st St.
b/w 1st & 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

Le Souk
47 Avenue B
b/w 3rd & 4th St.

$$$$$

Sam's Falafel House
231 Thompson St.
b/w W 3rd & Bleecker St.

$$$$$

Cleopatra's Needle
2485 Broadway
b/w 92nd & 93rd St.

$$$$$

Pita Grill
790 9th Ave.
b/w 52nd & 53rd S

$$$$$

3.6

Bread & Olive
24 W 45th St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

Al Bustan
827 3rd Ave.
b/w 50th & 51st St.

$$$$$

Union World Grille
951 2nd Ave.
b/w 50th & 51st St.

$$$$$

3

Amir's Falafel
2911 Broadway
b/w 113th & 114th St.

$$$$$

1

Sam's Couscous
1613 2nd Ave.
b/w 83rd & 84th St.

$$$$$

3

Pita City Falafel
180 7th Ave.
b/w 20th & 21st St.

$$$$$

Pakistani Restaurant
478 9th Ave.
b/w 36th & 37th St.

$$$$$

Chicken Cabaret
507 3rd Ave.
at 34th St.

$$$$$

2.9

Darna
600 Columbus Ave.
at 89th St.

$$$$$

3

Pita Grill
1594 2nd Ave.
b/w 82nd & 83rd St.

$$$$$

3

Taboon
773 10th Ave.
at 52nd St.

$$$$$

3.8

Ravagh
11 E 30th St.
b/w 5th Ave. & Madison Ave.

$$$$$

Byblos Restaurant
200 E 39th St.
at 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

KB Kebob
221 E 23rd St.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

Pizza & Pita
344 E 34th St.
b/w 1st & 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

Ali Baba
126 Macdougal St.
b/w Minetta Ln. & W 3th St.

$$$$$

Village Restaurant
35 1st Ave.
b/w 2nd & 3rd St.

$$$$$

3

Damask Falafel
89 Avenue A
b/w 5th & 6th St.

$$$$$

Tuba's Shish Kebab
203 1st Ave.
b/w 12th & 13th St.

$$$$$

Village Delight Café
323 Bleecker St.
b/w Grove & Christopher St.

$$$$$

Pita Hut
225 W 23rd St.
b/w 7th & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

3

Disiac
402 W 54th St.
b/w 9th &10th Ave.

$$$$$

3