Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mamoun's Falafel and Third Rail Coffee

I really wanted to eat a burger or pizza for lunch today, but I pigged out on pork soup dumplings last night at Joe's Ginger and I'm roasting a leg of lamb tonight, so I figured falafel would be a good compromise. Is falafel bad for you? I can't tell by just looking at the nutritional information on it. You could go either way, but it's real food, mostly vegetables, and a reasonable serving size.

We ordered Taim a few days ago so Mabel could see what all the fuss was about. She thinks Sam's Falafel is better, so I figured that I'd go see for myself.

On my walk over I saw that Red Mango had closed!

Oh no! I really like Red Mango. We're Pinkberry fans too, but I started noticing that I always get dyspeptic after eating Pinkberry. Not so with Red Mango, and now it's gone! I don't know what happened, but I guess it never got as popular as Pinkberry. It did get some minimal hype back in 2008 but I guess it was not enough.

That was depressing, but on to Sam's. As I was walking up Thompson, I remembered that it's Sunday and I realized that Sam's was going to be closed. This happened the last time I tried to go. Drat!

So I settled on Mamoun's. On my way to Mamoun's, I saw a place called Third Rail Coffee.

I ran out of coffee at home, so I hadn't had my cup of coffee yet. So I stopped by. A pretty good cup of coffee, on the strong, somewhat peppery side of things. Their House Blend is from Intelligentsia Coffee which is a roaster based in Chicago, and I picked up some of those beans to take home with me.

I finally got my lunch at Mamoun's.

It's awfully difficult to take a picture with an iPhone with only one free hand.

It was only $2.50 for a falafel. I forgot how ridiculously cheap it was. And it was made faster than I could put the change in my pocket. It tasted very good. The texture of the falafel was excellent. It is in a different class from Taim, but it is a respectable falafel nonetheless and certainly a great value.

Red Mango (CLOSED!)
182 Bleecker St (btn Macdougal St and Sullivan St)
New York, NY 10012

Third Rail Coffee
240 Sullivan St (near W 3rd St)
New York, NY 10012

The Original Mamoun's
119 MacDougal St (near W 3rd St)
New York, NY 10012

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