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When it comes to falafel there's a lot to consider. How is the pita? Does it crumble and tear every time you take a bite? Is there too much hummus? Not enough? Are the balls of fried, ground chickpeas super crispy on the outside and moist inside? Nish Nush on the corner of Church and Reade in Tribeca avoids potential falafel follies and turns out a delightful rendition.
On the classic forever ($6), falafel are golden brown and crunchy on the outside. Inside they're soft and creamy. Parsley gives them a deep green hue and laces the fritters with a subtle freshness. If you opt for the spicy version you'll get a delicately balanced heat akin to harissa; both versions are worth your time.
A light, herb-laced tahini slips alongside diced tomato and cucumber, all of which balance the weight of the creamy hummus. The sandwich comes together on Nish Nush's homemade pita, not quite the best in town but still light and springy—a good base for a great cheap lunch.