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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) Brooklyn Moving Companies get 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.

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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) moving help in new york get 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! —  Punjabi Deli and Grocery, East Village

From across the street, it looks like an ordinary deli.

The sun-faded awning, emblazoned with thick white lettering, juts out over a dusty storefront window crowded with advertisements and posters.

But the second you step into Punjabi Deli and Grocery on East 1st Street, it becomes clear that this is far from your regular corner store.

Behind the counter are men cooking up Punjabi-style Indian dishes as traditional music blares from a stereo in the corner. The air is inundated with rich spices and the narrow store is crammed from wall to wall with customers chowing down on some of the best and cheapest Indian food New York City has to offer.

For an astounding $6, this East Village deli offers a generous portion of three curries, dahls or saags of your choice served on top of a steaming bed of basmati rice. For an extra two bucks, you can complement your meal with piping-hot chai tea and a leaf-thin slice of roti bread – perfect for scooping up sauce with and somewhat essential, as the eclectic eatery is standing room only.

If you’re in a rush, the deli also sells lightly breaded, carefully seasoned samosas and pakoras that you can eat on the go.  All dishes are 100% vegetarian – a facet that should not dismay meat-eaters, as these masterful meals outplay your average chicken tikka masala everyday of the week.

Punjabi Deli is a main go-to for many on the Cool Hand team. You can always count on this straightforward eatery to dish up hearty, healthy and delightfully spicy meals, whether you finish a moving job at 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. Who knows, maybe next time we’re there, we’ll bump into you.

 

 

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Meet Your Movers!

“There are a lot of different aspects of the job I enjoy. The fact that I’m able to stay active is definitely one of them.”

And there is plenty of action to go around in New York’s moving industry. “If you want to get a workout and get paid for it then this is one way to go about it.”

Since 2011, Jesus Vasquez – born and raised in Crown Heights and now residing in the Port Richmond section of Staten Island – has been instrumental in the evolution of Cool Hand Movers, which like many local moving company New York started with a Ford E150 cargo van and a modest yelp page.

“I was finishing my degree and needed steady flexible work. Being a part of the Cool Hand team was an ideal situation for me since I had to balance school, spending time with my kids and work all at the same time.”

As a foreman and project manager, Jesus is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing jobs so they run as smoothly as possible, training new workers and logistical planning.  

Recently, Jesus began the process of becoming a personal trainer. In the near future he will hopefully be building his own clientele and his own small business, no doubt drawing on the skills and wisdom he has picked up from being a part of another nascent business.

“My work ethic in the gym has people coming to me all the time for fitness advice and training requests; is the universe talking to me?”

Perhaps so.

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