Cheap Eats - Falafel

Cheap Eats: West Village Falafel

“Cheap Eats” is my post-series on cheap restaurants and prepared food options in New York. I recommend cooking your own food most of the time, but every once in a while it is nice to indulge and you don’t have to pay through the nose to do so. I plan to review many of the cheap options I find on various websites and will let you know if they are as good and as cheap as advertised. If you have a suggestion for a place to review, feel free to let me know through my contact page.

I work pretty close to the West Village and a lot of the good food that exists there. And while many New Yorkers would call the food in the area “cheap”, rarely does it come in under my “Full for $5” requirement. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one amazing spot:

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A cute little West Village spot!

Mamoun’s Falafel – 119 MacDougal Street (map) – 2nd location at 22 St. Mark’s Place (map)

Unlike many of the cheap eats I write about, this one’s easy to spot. Of course, it CAN get very crowded, so make sure to go at what is fast becoming my favorite time to pick up lunch: 11:45am. Of course, the only item I have ever ordered at Mamoun’s is their falafel sandwich. I love falafel. I really love all things involving chickpeas including hummus and a host of Indian dishes. So belly up to the counter and order one!
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It tastes even better than it looks here, I promise!

The Cheap Eats Breakdown

How was the ordering experience? The folks behind the counter at Mamoun’s are efficient. They are used to dealing with big crowds, so they take your order quickly and then move on to the next customer. As a New Yorker, this is just the way I like it!

How unique is the food? Falafel is quite common in the city. But before I moved here, I had never actually had one. I get the impression that other cities don’t have falafel sandwiches at your standard corner Middle Eastern deli – huh! So I’d say it’s still fairly unique (especially since some of the food I plan to review in the coming weeks is decidedly NOT unique).

How delicious was the food? Mamoun’s MAY be the most famous falafel in the city. Whether it is the best is up for debate, but it didn’t get it’s reputation from being garbage! This is definitely a tasty falafel.

Did it fill me up for $5 or less? Yup! If I had been having a HUNGRY day, it might not have, but for a normal lunch, it did the trick, coming in at only $3.50!

Conclusion: Absolutely worth stopping here if you find yourself in the West Village – a great cheap eat and one of the many NY staples that many New Yorkers know and love.

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2 thoughts on “Cheap Eats: West Village Falafel

  1. MikeNYC June 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Mamoun’s is the best. If you’re having a “hungry day”, like I do basically every day, you can add hummus for $0.50 more and I think it’s considerably more filling.

    Just food for thought.

    • Mr NYBudget June 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Great point – hummus is so delicious and very filling. Nice tip!

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