Street Food Focus: Falafel

Photo: Robyn Lee

By Melaina Gasbarrino |

Photo: Robyn Lee

The falafel is a delicious Middle Eastern dish that is made from chickpeas or fava beans and a plethora of spices. It is a favorite among vegetarians who are looking to taste some deep fried goodness. The ingredients for the falafel are mixed together then deep-fried in balls or patties. Though it may not seem like every persons dream to eat a falafel, when topped with Tahini sauce or in a pita, the falafel is a thing of sheer perfection.

With pop-up shops taking over New York City it is no wonder falafels are being added to the mix of delicious quick street food carts readily available throughout the city. The falafel is certainly a healthy rendition as to what street food is all about and if finding a way on many top 10 lists around the city. has created a “Top 10 Best Falafel Carts in NYC” list where you can certainly pick and choose which falafel stand fits your fancy. The list includes popular falafel walk-up spots throughout New York and provides some insight into why they certainly are the best. Here are a few falafel shops and street food vendors we deem as the very best.

Tiam Mobile: At Tiam Mobile you’ll find every falafel lovers dream with a twist. Not only does this pop-up shop serve tasty falafel dishes ranging from sandwiches to platters but adds a little bit of uniqueness to the menu with a range of summer-fresh smoothies. Ranging from $3.50 to $10 the popup shop can be found along the streets of the Highline.

Sam’s Falafel Stand: With a plethora of falafel dishes this street food stand offers cheap, filling meals that will have you coming back for more. The falafel sandwich is filled to the brim with a whole lot of Middle Eastern inspired goodness. This vendor can be found at Cedar Street.

Global Street Food Pop-Up is open for a week in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for a taste of international comfort food. We are offering a Fish Falafel dish that will blow your mind.

Trust me, your taste buds will thank you after finding a street food vendor and trying falafel for the first time! For a great basic falafel recipe, check out Food Republic’s recipe here.

Photos: Robyn Lee