Kwik Meal


Finally, after two days of mediocrity- I finally hit the goldmine.  A fresh, hot falafel- that isn’t dry in the middle, or messy.  Happy times.

Definitely the tastiest falafel so far this week.  The pita is that pillowy soft kind of pita, so they have to roll it up with the falafel inside, rather then cut a hole in it and stuff the falafel inside.  They also brush it with butter and stick it on the skillet- so it’s hot and delicious.  The falafel is made fresh right in the cart, so it’s still hot when you eat it and the balls are small so it’s not dry.  They are served on top of a little bit of lettuce and tomato, and some yogurt sauce, which is a really refreshing change from some of the tahini heavy falafel in Midtown.  The only downside is the size… definetely the smallest, but at only $3.75 you can afford to get two (if you’re super hungry), or a bag of chips!

All in all, the butter grilled pita, and the lack of veggies make this the least healthy of the falafel I’ve had this week… but sometimes, least healthy translates to tastiest.


  • Fresh falafel that are not dry in the middle
  • Pillowy pita bread, that is brushed with butter and grilled
  • If you like yogurt sauce instead of tahini, this is the place for you


  • The size
  • If you’re into veggies, this place isn’t for you.  There’s only a little lettuce and tomato on the falafel
  • If you’re not into carts… it’s a cart

Kwik Meal, Cart on the SW Corner of 45th and 6th


  • Hello,
    We here at Tuck Shop on West 49th St between Broadway and 8th would like you to come by and taste an Aussie meat pie.They cost $5 and are bloody delicious.

    Easily the best lunch in midtown for under a tenner.

  • You totally should have gotten the lamb. Seriously. Go back and get it.

  • I’ve had the lamb… it is good! But this post was during Falafel Week!

  • i am currently boycotting kwik meal. while i am a HUGE fan of the salmon special, the portions are effing ridiculous. sometimes you do not even get full.

  • The flavors at Kwik Meal can’t be beat, that’s for sure. But I was disappointed to find that the chicken quality was no better than the generic pita cart on 44th and 6th. Prawns or Lamb are the way to go at Kwik Meal.

  • Sometimes Kwik Meal has fish specials. The salmon is pretty good, but the grouper is awful. You can find more details on the Kwik Meal Wikipedia page.

  • i agree with Jed

  • if you think that’s cheap and tasty i’ve got you beat. mamoun’s on west3rd and macdougal sells a $2 to die for. when i couldn’t afford food when i first moved to manhatten I ate mamouns for two meals a day. it’s totally worth it to stop by if your downtown. it’s also good and portable if you want to eat it in the park

  • I had a falafel for the first time at Kwik-Meal. I had no idea it would be so spicy! Are all falafels this spicy?

  • Check out for a growing list of NYC street food vendors. All the Kwik Meal locations and their business hours are on there; you can also rate and review the vendor.

  • This place should be disqualified from the “cart” category. If I wanna spend $7.50 on lunch, I’m not going to a cart! Cart = cheap. And this isn’t cheap. Someone should fill this guy in on that lil’ detail. AND the portions are so stingy. Sure it’s tasty — I had the lamb — but not worth it, not by a long shot.

  • In response to Christopher’s comment, no one said you had to spend $7.50 at the cart. The falafel is $3.75. Chicken on pita is $4.25 and, while I’ll admit that the portions are on the small side for the price, it’s filling enough for me. Kwik Meal has the best pita I’ve found so far in Midtown, and their meat is very flavorful. I mean, with your $7.50 you could get a panini at a non-cart establishment or two falafels here. Which sounds more worth it?


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