You don’t have to go to the Middle East to get your hands on some delicious Arab street food, especially if you live in the Big Apple. As one of the oldest falafel joints in New York City, and one of the first Middle Eastern establishments in the United States, Mamoun’s is always a great choice for spicy, hearty Arab dishes for just a few bucks.
While they’ve expanded to five other locations, the original Mamoun’s has managed to maintain the same cozy, hole-in-the-wall vibe they had when they first opened on MacDougal street in 1971. I’m partial to the St. Marks location because there’s free yoga next door (Yoga to the People), and if you’re lucky enough to get a table outside, the people-watching is top-notch. My go-to combo whenever I’m in the area is a falafel sandwich drenched in their volcanic signature hot sauce, and a side of tabouleh for a grand total of $5.50.