Street Food: 10 Best Falafel Carts in NYC

Falafel is serious business in the streets of New York, so choosing the 10 best falafel carts in NYC was no small endeavor. Whether it’s in ball or patty form, the ground up chickpea and/or fava bean combination has produced fierce debates and lines the length of city blocks. These falafel carts are some of the best the city that never sleeps has to offer.

  1. Sam's Falafel Stand. For $3.00, Sam and Qatar will hand you a super sized falafel sandwich crammed with, among other things, baba ganoush and hummus. For a couple bucks more, you can lose the pita wrapping and get a plate with more falafels, grape leaves and everything included in the sandwich. Sam's Falafel Stand, Cedar Street(between Trinity Place and Broadway), New York, NY.
  2. Adel's Halal Food. If you prefer your falafel on the spicier side seek out  Adel’s falafel cart. $5.00 will get you a packed falafel sandwich and a bottle of water. The falafel platter nets eight falafel and a side of rice and vegetables for $4.50. Adel’s Halal Food, Maiden Lane and Front Street, New York, NY.
  3. Moshe's Falafel. This cart has made fans of those who happen upon it, or continuously seek it out, in the Theater District. $5.25 nets a giant sandwich with eight falafel balls and a generous helping of tahini and vegetables. Moshe’s Falafel, 94 West 46th Street(between 5th Avenue and Avenue Of The Americas)New York, NY.
  4. King of Falafel and Shawarma. It seems the scent that wafts from this cart alone can draw customers. The crunchy, flavorful and jam-packed falafel sandwiches is what keeps them coming back. King of Falafel and Shawarma, 30th Street & Broadway, New York, NY.
  5. Alan’s Falafel.  Alan’s is the safe bet for the falafel aficionado that believes the proportion offered is as important as the taste. Platters are huge and piled high with the usual fare as well as grilled eggplant and baba ganoush for five dollars. Alan’s Falafel, 140 Broadway(between Cedar and Liberty Street) New York, NY.
  6. Briyani Cart. If you’re craving falafel in Midtown, the Briyani Cart that calls that location home has you covered. The expansive menu of this falafel cart in New York City lists numerous lunch options, but the falafel over basmati rice is a sure thing at five dollars. Briyani Cart, 46th Street(between 6th and 7th Avenue), New York, NY.
  7. King Tut. King Tut has been in New York City for fifteen years and the delicious falafels reflect this experience. Choose your own vegetables for this large size sandwich with four pieces of falafel for $4.00. King Tut, the Southwest corner of 50th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY.
  8. XPL. The XPL trucks usually have a line, so make a little extra time when you head toward them. Though the trucks are more mobile than the standard cart in NTYC, they do pick a spot and stick to it. The lines are due in no small part to the quality, but it’s the  price of the heaping, $5.00 falafel plates that make the wait worthwhile. XPL, 52nd and 3rd street, New York, NY.
  9. Kwik Meal Cart. The Kwik Meal Cart has a lot of personality. The friendly, outgoing staff and $3.50 falafels makes this cart a staple. Kwik Meal Cart, Southwest Corner of 45th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY.
  10. Sammy's Halal. Sammy’s Halal offers tasty and generous proportions with a diverse menu. Prices are comparable to other carts with enough food to share with a friend and still be satisfied. Sammy’s Halal, 4th at Broadway, New York, NY.
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