Every Saturday, I try to fit in some form of self-care usually consisting of yoga and meditation. Then after the mental health break, (yoga makes me ravenous) I take care of my appetite. And this Saturday I was in the mood for Middle Eastern food.
Not even a full block away from my yoga class is Mamoun’s Falafel, this is their St. Mark’s location. I have tried eating at the Greenwich Village spot but there’s always a line out the door, especially on Saturday evenings. That’s how popular Mamoun’s food has become. And since they are open very late and are very affordable it is a great late night stop after partying for the youngins. I have yet to see the restaurant empty even on a weekday.
I got to the restaurant before the pre club rush around eight thirty. I ordered a traditional falafel sandwich and of course I undid all my work at yoga and got their side order of fries (I am a sucker for good fries) and a blackberry juice which I’ve never had before. I had to wait a while because everything was made fresh to order. The best!
I was so hungry and so happy with just the look of my fries! They were light and crispy and served with a delicious creamy garlic sauce that could keep away a pack of vampires. But it perfectly complimented the seasoned fries. It really was hard to take this picture. My falafel was well done, not greasy with a fresh warm pita. The blackberry juice reminded me of grown up Kool-aid, too sweet. I’ll try the mint tea next time. The one thing I do warn you about is the hot sauce at the table. That stuff is beyond four alarm! The guy next to me made the mistake of thinking it was that watered down stuff that they give you with Chinese take out and poured it all over his gyro. He started coughing with the first bite and couldn’t finish his food, even with the help of the garlic sauce. It’s lethal! Even I, who loves incredibly spicy food felt the heat in my sensitive teeth. I think it’s meant to mixed into the sauce not to be used full strength. But I must say that was a hilarious episode in the evening.
Oh and the workers there were so sweet taking and bringing my order to my table when it was ready. Thanks guys! I had a great visit, I’ll be back to Mamoun’s..probably after yoga again.
Do you like Middle Eastern food? Do you have a favorite dish and spot where you get it? Tell me all about it in the comments section below. I want to read all about it.
Until our next rendezvous…