Every neighborhood, from Fort Greene to Harlem, from Bay Ridge to Sunnyside, has its own culinary style.
In a city obsessed with food (in a good way) a moving service provider in New York gets to sample it all.
Each week we are featuring a neighborhood institution that over time and experience for professional movers will become a no-brainer. The places that when you look at the day’s scheduled moving jobs, you know what you’re having for lunch before you hop in the truck.
This week’s pick! — Mamoun’s, Manhattan.
This family-owned Middle Eastern eatery opened its Greenwich Village location on MacDougal Street in 1971, becoming the first falafel spot in New York City according to the restaurant’s website. Since then, Mamoun’s has opened four more locations, one across town on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, two in New Jersey and one in New Haven, Connecticut.
No matter which one you visit, you’ll definitely be happy.
If you’re a first-timer, the classic, yet eternally relevant $6 falafel plate is a must-have. On a bed of crisp green salad and finely minced tabbouleh, Mamoun’s serves some of the most succulent falafels imaginable, topped with generous servings of baba ganouj and hummus.
Other options include grilled lamb shish kebob slathered in a piquant tahini sauce and wrapped in lightly toasted pita bread, also with tabbouleh and green salad. If you’re like many members on the Cool Hand team – a hard worker who often have to skip lunch – zero in on the big-enough-to-share combination plate at the bottom of the menu. For a mere $12.50, the plate consists of a hearty meat dish of choice, yellow rice, pita bread and three sizable vegetable sides. Hungry yet?
In addition to scrumptious cuisine, Mamoun’s boasts something a lot of New York City restaurants lack these days: character. Touting a straightforward sense of compassion, one can always count on being greeted with a smile and a sincere “how’re-you-doing” when walking into a Mamoun’s.
A Village Voice reporter even saw something poignantly political in Mamoun’s restaurant when he in 1976 encouraged Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to visit the nascent falafel spot.
“Kissinger could take a lesson in diplomacy here,” the reporter wrote. “Mamoun’s has Arabs and Jews eating at the same table.”
Mamoun’s Falafel is one of those places.