Category Archives: FOOD

Authentic Falafels at Mamoun’s in Greenwich Village

By Lakshmi:

Falafels – just the mention of this divine creation from the Middle East makes me salivate.  I have eaten Falafels in many lands….from the roadside stands of Athens to the small cafes in Istanbul to the little restaurants in Amsterdam.  And each place brings it own distinctive touch to the mouth-watering Falafel.

We had heard about Mamoun’s from friends, but what drew us in was the long line of customers waiting to get one of the cheapest yet satisfying meals in the city.  And Mamoun’s does not disappoint!

You could have a Falafel sandwich for under 5 bucks, a combo platter for under ten with Baba Ganouj and Hummus.  The place can barely hold 5-10 people but is packed to the rim most evenings.  After all, when you are a student and want a delicious hot meal, what better choice than digging into a hot Falafel sandwich that seems to hit a high note across all senses!!

Mamoun’s is located at 119 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012.  Phone:            212-674-8685

If you’d like to give them a try, please take a look at their menu at:

http://www.mamouns.com/menus-overview/

Caffe Reggio – A delightful place to linger in Greenwich Village

By Lakshmi:

Since Siddhi is attending school in NYC, our goal is to use this time to savor all that the city has to offer!  And since we are “Paupers without Travel”, NYC offers us the perfect smorgasbord of experiences.

One of our first finds is Cafe Reggio in Greenwich Village.  We ambled in there one evening to get a cup of cappuccino since the local Starbucks was closed.  The environment immediately took me  many lands away, reminding me of my coffee/dessert consumption sprees through the cafe houses in Vienna.

The red walls, the 16th century Italian artwork on the walls, the older furniture/benches with little alcoves (our favorite place to sit), all create for a very cosy environment, inviting you to linger over endless cups of coffee with the right company.

The crowd is a bohemian mix of artists and students, all engrossed in conversation while the food appears discretely and the service is excellent but not in-your-face.  The coffee is just perfect and the goodies from the old-fashioned pastry case make the right accompaniment.

We recently spent several hours over a leisurely breakfast, nothing fancy, just simple foods….the omlette and toast just right, the pancakes simple, and the total price tag for 3 – $30 – a bargain for NYC.

Caffe Reggio is a little jewel located at 119 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012.  Phone: (212) 475-9557

If you would like to get a peek at the place that served the first cappuccino in the US, click here:

http://www.cafereggio.com/Default.aspx