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Gyro II
425 7th Ave.
b/w 33rd & 34th St.

$$$$$

3

Pakistan Tea House
176 Church St.
b/w Duane & Reade St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

Valentino
335 E Houston St.
b/w Ridge & attorney St.

$$$$$

3

Tasty Falafel NYC
32 Saint Marks Pl.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3.2

Le Rendez-Vous Cafe
739 8th Ave.
b/w 46th & 47th St.

$$$$$

3.1

Pita Pit
321 6th Ave.
at W 3rd St.

$$$$$

1.9

Pita Pan Café
273 8th Ave.
b/w 23rd & 24th St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

Hot Pita Juice Bar
11 Waverly Pl.
at Mercer St.

$$$$$

3

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 .. >

Hummus Place
99 MacDougal St.
b/w Bleecker & W 3rd St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

1

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

3.2

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

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... >

Mabat, Brooklynn
1809 E 7th St.

$$$$$

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.. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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.. >

Moustache
265 E 10th St.
b/w 1st Ave. & Avenue A

$$$$$

3.3

Moustache
90 Bedford St.
b/w Grove & Barrow St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

Cafe Wha?
115 MacDougal St.
b/w Bleecker & W 3rd St.

$$$$$

3

chickpea
23 3rd Ave.
b/w St. Marks Pl & 9th St.

$$$$$

2.9

Ariana
787 9th Ave.
b/w 52nd & 53rd St.

$$$$$

3

Eata Pita
Grand Central Terminal
at 42nd St.reet

$$$$$

3

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.. >

Pita Grill
92 8th Ave.
b/w 14th & 15th St.

$$$$$

3

Pita Grill
221 W 77th St.
b/w Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.

$$$$$

3.2

Pita Grill
69 New St.
b/w Beaver St. & Exchange Pl.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

The Lite Touch
151 Avenue A
b/w 9th & 10th St.

$$$$$

Istanbul Grill
310 W 14th St.
b/w 8th & 9th Ave.

$$$$$

La Crosta
436 E 72nd St.
b/w York & 1st Ave.

$$$$$

3

York Pizza & Pita Café
436 E 72nd St.
b/w York & 1st Ave.

$$$$$

Pyramida
401 E 78th St.
at 1st Ave.

$$$$$

4

Bereket
187 E Houston St.
at Orchard St.

$$$$$

Big Arc Chicken
233 1st Ave.
b/w 13th & 14th St.

$$$$$

3.2

Kebab House 2
144 Orchard St.
at Rivington St.

$$$$$

4.7

Sido
267 Columbus Ave.
b/w 72nd & 73rd St.

$$$$$

3

Afghan Kebab House II
1345 2nd Ave.
b/w 70th & 71st St.

$$$$$

3

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 .. >

Pita Grill
175 2nd Ave.
b/w 11th & 12th St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

Falafel and More
140 W 4th St.
b/w 6th Ave. & Macdougal St.

$$$$$

3.3

Ellyssa
712 9th Ave.
b/w 48th & 49th St.

$$$$$

4.2

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

$$$$$

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

2.9

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3.6

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.. >

Turquoise Grill
1270 Amsterdam Ave.
at 123rd St.

$$$$$

Sido
403 Amsterdam Ave.
at 79th St.

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

2

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.. >

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.. >

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... >

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

$$$$$

3

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, .. >

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.. >

Waterfalls Café
144 Atlantic Ave.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

Tripoli
156 Atlantic Ave.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

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.. >

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.. >

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.. >

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'.. >

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.. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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 .. >

Pita Grill
329 Smith St.
at Carroll St.

$$$$$

3

Zaytoons
283 Smith St.
at Sackett St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

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.. >

Casablanca Tea Room
164 Mercer St.
b/w Houston & Prince St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

12 Chairs Café
56 Macdougal St.
b/w Houston & Prince St.

$$$$$

2.9