Baguette Express Brings Their Kosher Brooklyn Falafel Stand to Midtown
A new little kosher falafel & sandwich nook has popped up on 37th Street btw. 5+6th. The owner used to have a small restaurant in Brooklyn, until his customers encouraged him to move to Midtown. With Olympic Pita (on 38th btw. 5+6th) and Crisp (on 40th btw. B’way+6th) just a few blocks away, and Maoz coming soon to Broadway and 40th, Midtown South is starting to get a little falafel heavy. But the price is right, and everything is Kosher so who knows? You can probably never have too much falafel in Midtown.
I couldn’t decide between their baguette sandwiches (pastrami, corned beef, etc.), their schnitzel (fried chicken cutlets) or their falafel. But in the end the falafel won out. (You’ve got to start with the basics.)
A pretty standard Israeli style falafel, the guy behind the counter scooped and fried the balls to order. They were perfectly crunchy on the outside, and really moist on the inside- with a very nice flavor. The pita was the fluffy circular type, and would have been better just a little bit warm. Plus they were kind of skimpy on the Israeli salad- but the taste was good, and for $5 it’s tough to complain.
The guy before me got a schnitzel baguette ($6.95) which I must say looked pretty tasty, and I’d be interested in trying their sabich (although the eggplant in their steam table didn’t look amazing.) Nothing at Baguette Express is going to replace the falafel in fresh baked laffa from Olympic Pita, but if I worked right by this place it would probably get added into the rotation.
Baguette Express, 25 W. 37th Street (btw. 5+6th), 212-944-9800