our third stop this past friday was mamoun’s on macdougal. their website boasts that mamoun’s is the oldest falafel restaurant in new york, but our taste buds definitely didn’t think it was the best in new york.
first note: the falafel was over cooked. you’d think if they were to get anything right, it would be at least to cook the falafel properly.
second note: the salad was just lettuce with a few pale tomatoes thrown on top. what happened to the marinated salads and pickles found in any decent falafel place?
third note: the hot sauce has no taste. it sure as hell is hot, but there is no unique taste too it that makes you want to put yourself through the torture of the heat. it honestly just makes me want to thrown the whole thing away after the first bite.
the only thing they had right was the pita. which was fresh, warm, and not too sweet.
if it’s 3 in the morning, you’re stuck in manhattan, and you are craving middle eastern food, then mamoun’s is your place. if it’s not late, just go to maoz (even though it’s a chain it’s far better than mamoun’s, and they have unlimited refills on salad). if you aren’t stuck in manhattan, check out oasis right off the bedford L stop (their red cabbage salad, marinated onions, israeli salad, and pickles are OH so good. not to mention the falafel is fresh and perfectly cooked). if you aren’t craving middle eastern, artichoke is open late and there are plenty of other restaurants on macdougal (saigon, the vietnamese sandwich place, has a killer veg sandwich for $7 and a traditional vietnamese banh mi sandwich for $5)
mamoun’s, even if you only cost $2.50, we weren’t impressed.. it’s a good thing you have history, or else i doubt you’d still be open.