We've called out a number of favorites but now we want to hear from you: what's your favorite shawarma in the city?
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Like at Cedars Meat House a few blocks away, Homemade Falafel does a rather nice Lebanese-style shawarma ($6). It's a simple thing, and all the better for it: just some beef, sauce, a little vegetable for crunch, and pita that gets out of the way.
Cedars Meat House is a slender storefront along Astoria's 30th Avenue that's easy to miss, but if the glistening shwarma on spits don't catch your eye, a glance at the bottom drawer prices will. $3.50 for a shawarma sandwich! Not even Mamoun's can offer that.
I appreciateplaces like Mr. Broadway, but I rarely visit them for lunch since the quality is usually pretty low. But when a trustworthy source recommended their chicken shawarma despite its $12 price tag, we decided to give it a shot.
Done right, a chicken shawarma can be just as good as one made with lamb, and Duzan's is a exemplar to take to heart.
Walking into Chelsea's Hummus & Pita Co., I was greeted by the sight of hot puffed pitas and roasted meats spinning on spits. The large assembly line counter makes the place feel like a Chipotle where falafel and hummus has replaced carnitas and guacamole.
Come to Wafa's for the eggplant, but stick around for the shawarma. (The reverse, I suppose, is also okay.) This stuffed-to-bursting version is different from other renditions you'll find in this city, and it's all the better for it.
Starting today, you can get your fix at King of Falafel and Shawarma Express on 53rd Street and Park Avenue.
The 2010 Vendy Awards, a celebration of New York street food, will be held on September 25 at Governors Island. All proceeds will benefit the Street Vendor Project, an arm of the Urban Justice Center, advocating for the interests of...
Note: The 2009 Vendy Awards, a celebration of New York street food, will be held on September 26 at the Queens Museum of Art (buy tickets here). All proceeds will benefit the Street Vendor Project, an arm of the Urban...