Ever since leaving NY I've been missing pizza, bagels, and falafel. Especially falafel. I made sure to get my fill while at home.
1. Pizza and Una Pizza Napoletana @ 349 E. 12th St NY, NY 10003
I've been meaning to try this place ever since they were featured on chow and I made the mistake of trying to go there on a Wednesday when they are clearly only open from Thursday to Sunday. I tried again on Thursday. They only have four pizzas. no salads. no pasta. Just four pizzas and drinks. My friend and I opted for the Filetti and it was lovely. Not unlike my beloved Pizzaiolo in Oakland. The pizza serves two -- but not to total fullness. If you need something more, I recommend Chikalicious just a block away!
2. Falafel at Azuri @ 465 W 51st St NY, NY 10019
My dad's favorite falafel place in the city, and I can see why. Apparently the owner makes everything on the premises - including the pita. Sadly, the pita was the one thing that I didn't find absolutely delicious. It was a bit too 'crispy' for my liking. The falafel itself was perfect. I think a good idea is to get the falafel 'platter' style (w/o the pita).
3. Falafel at Taim @ 222 Waverly Pl NY, NY 10014
This is the falafel I've been craving since moving away from New York. Soft thick pita, nice crunchy falafel, and a nice tang from the pickled cabbage. Oh and extra tahini. I can't say I've ever had a better falafel in my life. If you go to NY and go to one falafel place, make it this one. It's the real deal.