Downtown Lunch: Sam's Falafel
Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (insuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food.)
Downtown at Liberty park you can find a pretty nice selection of fancy food for lunch these days. Meridith’s Bread has a stand where you can buy a $7 quiche. Red Jacket Orchards and Migliorelli’s Farm both have plenty of good looking food as well. But when you want your lunch to be less than a gallon of gas (who would have thought we’d ever say that?) try Sam’s falafel. When I checked it out earlier this week the line was about 8 people deep. Everyone on line who had eaten there before said it was the best they’d had downtown, so I knew I had to wait it out. The line went surprisingly fast thanks to owner Yasser’s 3 man assembly line (although his name isn’t Sam he says people call him that and he likes it.)
For $3 the falafel is jam packed with lettuce, tomato, fried eggplant, fried onion, and tender fried falafel nuggets. I liked the addition of the eggplant and onion which added some new flavors to the old standby. The entire thing is bursting at the seams and feels like it’s a good pound of food packed tightly into a pita. Is it the best in the city? Probably not, but it definitely beat out the one I had at the 5 Star Dining Truck, and was 50 cents cheaper to boot. With a drink your lunch is a whopping $4.
Take it into the park to watch a game of chess or a homeless man talk to his shoes, two things I like to do at lunch (watch them I mean…not partake.)
Free FooD AleRt! – Sam’s has free fried pita chips to snack on while you’re on line, or he’ll give you some to take with you. Monday through Friday 11:30AM – 2:30PM. Vegetarian only.
Sam’s Falafel, Liberty Park on Cedar St. (btw. Broadway+Trinity Place)
Photos and post by Daniel Krieger