Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Best Falafels in Bay Ridge

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Bay Ridge has one of the largest Middle Eastern communities in Brooklyn—and the entire city. So if you were jonesing for one of the greatest falafel sandwich in the county, wouldn't you want to take the trip out there? You have more than a dozen options for one; our favorite, as we wrote in today's L Magazine, is the unparalleled sandwich at Hazar, a Turkish restaurant on Fifth Avenue. Here are five more exceptional ones.

Tanoreen Bay Ridge Brooklyn
The sandwich here is surprisingly long, which is the best thing about it: for $5.50, you're getting the equivalent of, like, two falafel sandwiches somewhere else. But that's not the only thing to recommend it: there's also the medley of vegetables; the sprawling, thin pita; and the complementary, unobtrusive white sauce. Then the falafel itself: crunchy, spicy, delicious. 7523 Third Avenue [photo]

Al Safa Brooklyn Bay Ridge
Al Safa
Though we've never traveled to the Middle East, something about the sandwich at this Lebanese place strikes us as the most authentic in the neighborhood: the very thin pita, the beets, the tasty falafel. Maybe it's also the place itself, run by a family; kids are often busing the tables. The great food extends beyond this one sandwich: the spinach pies are particularly good, bitter and lemony, and they even make whole-wheat ones now! 8002 Fifth Avenue [photo]

Karam Bay Ridge Brooklyn
In general, I think this place is overrated, but they do make a good falafel. The actual falafel balls aren't the stars of this sandwich; they're but mere players amid an ensemble of veggies, including beets and large tomato moons. The earthy sauce ties it all together. 8519 Fourth Avenue [photo]

The Food Truck on 69th Street
Honestly, this is where I get most of my falafels these days: it's cheap and convenient. Oh, and delicious; falafels from food trucks typically don't vary much in quality, but they are distinctly different from what you tend to get in brick-and-mortar establishments: greasier, tastier. When he asks you if you want hot sauce, the answer should always be yes. Fourth and Bay Ridge avenues, in front of the Rite Aid

King Falafel Bay Ridge Brooklyn
King Falafel
I'm not crazy about the sandwiches here: the bread is underwhelming, and who the heck puts cucumbers in a falafel? But the actual falafel balls are deliciously bursting with coriander. Skip the sandwich and order a platter. 7408 Third Avenue [photo]

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Henry Stewart is the Culture Editor at The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine. He has always lived in Brooklyn.

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