Almost Midnight at the Oasis: Falafel Platter at Oasis in Williamsburg


Just follow the bouncing balls: No. 31 in our 100 Days/100 Dishes

Perennially listed among Williamsburg’s top 10 eateries is Palestinian fast-food establishment Oasis, perched right above the Bedford Avenue stop on the L and open until 11 p.m. or later.

The $6 vegetarian platter — offered with a stack of warm pitas — is probably more than you want to eat at one sitting. The composed herb-and-chickpea orbs are freshly fried and fragrant, and they immediately nestle into whatever they’re dropped upon, whether it be the tart cabbage slaw, green salad, heap of pickles and pickled peppers, or well of tahini, which may be converted into a well of babaganoush or hummus for an additional 50 cents.

The best thing about Oasis is the fresh taste of its food, cheap prices, and convenient location at the crossroads of retro-hipsterdom. According to legend, the place was founded by Palestinian shopkeepers who control many of the stores in the neighborhood, and were annoyed at awful falafel places (since closed) just around the corner on Bedford Avenue.

They sure showed us!

161 North 7th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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