You may, someday in the future, find yourself in Greenwich Village, near MacDougal Street.
You may be wearing a shirt that says “The Peach Pit” and carrying your backpack.
And yet , you are not 19.
But you still want to eat with the cool kids.
So you go here:
Mamoun’s. Where you will hob knob with prepsters visiting from Virginia, tourists from Japan with cameras larger than my bedroom, hospital residents on their 20 minute dinner break, and middle aged New Yorkers just looking for a standing room table and a hot falafel. Don’t miss the sleeper hit – tender, warm spinach pie that is mildly spiced and wrapped in what must be homemade pastry.
This place isn’t my favorite falafel in NYC, but it really does hit the spot and the price can’t be beat.
Chargrilled with deep, smoky flavors and crispy edges surrounding juicy meat. The meat isn’t as tender as I like it, but when it’s served up with tahini and crunchy veggies in a warm pita, how can you resist? I can’t! The hot sauce her is VERY hot…not a lot of other flavors, but it does liven up the sandwich. Falafel
Mmm-mmm good! Soft and wide so it spans the width of the bread – no sad, falafel-less bites in this sandwich! The chickpea patty is gently spiced with fragrant herbs so it blends with the tart radishes and that nutty tahini. I liked this a lot, and for the price -well, it’s sensational.
Also ,these sandwiches are the perfect size – one will fill you up but not make you overstuffed.
That’s why you might want this after a few hours: Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
I mean, of course I waited this long to get to this popular pizza joint – that’s how I roll.
And though it’s not my be all-end all pizza - I totally get the hype. It’s cheesy. It’s creamy. It’s laden with chewy artichokes and slivers of spinach. It’s salty and garlicky and indulgent. The crust is way too thick and stiff for me, but my husband loved it. I guess it’s to hold up to the slippery, uber thick and rich topping, but I like cracker thin pizza crust.
I mean, I still ate it…it was still pretty great.
Add in the 2 drinks I had earlier that night and you can see why I got the hype.
Trust me, when you are on MacDougal street, you will have had at least 2 drinks too. And then these 2 places will taste even better.