Falafel sandwich from the Falafel Shop (127 Rivington, 212-466-1222), $5.95
This hefty package of falafel will leave you enough money for a little baklava — or, if it’s happy hour, a beer across the street.
While falafel is doled out on a number of street corners around the Big Apple, fiends swear by a handful of haunts when it comes to getting their chickpea patty fixes. The Lower East Side’s Falafel Shop is a solid entrant in the category, not least because it peddles its vegetarian menu late into the night. Nothing on the menu climbs above $10 (unless you go crazy with the add-ons, we suppose), but the falafel sandwich is a particularly excellent value, even if you’re not addicted to this Middle Eastern staple. The shop’s falafel are on the smaller side — lending more crisp shell to each bite — and they’re packed densely into a soft, warm pita and then gussied up with cucumber, tomatoes, and tart pickles, and doused with creamy tahini. At $5.95, you might have some spare change for the honey-soaked baklava. If it’s happy hour, you could take yourself across the street to the Magician, where beers are $3.50 from 5 to 8 p.m.
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