Blink and you’ll miss this little tiny storefront on the corner of 40th Street & 7th Avenue. And you’d be missing a fast, delicious, CHEAP, vegetarian treat.
I stopped in here for lunch yesterday and it was tasty, as always. There are only a few items on their menu (falafel sandwich, falafel salad, fries, drinks) but what they do, they do well. Plus, the shop is so tiny, they wouldn’t be able to fit any other options in here.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1 – Order your meal at the counter. (I always get the Falafel sandwich “Maoz” on whole wheat at $5.95, eggplant and hummus is extra $$) then step about 2 feet to the right and wait.
Step 2 – Maoz employee calls out the number on your receipt and and hands you your sandwich.
Step 3 – The salad bar is yours all yours. Corn salad, Beet Salad, Tabouli, Chickpea Salad, Pickled Eggplant, Cabbage and on and on… stuff as much as you can into your sandwich. Sidenote: I once saw a girl in Maoz get a salad and use both the salad container and LID to pile food on. She must have had enough food for 2 days! Not bad for less than $6!
Step 4 – Hand your sandwich over to the Maoz employee at the end of the line and they’ll wrap it up for you to take on your way.
Step 5 – Eat and try not to get it all over your clothes. This is a tough task for me.
My masterpiece: (lots of Cabbage and Cilantro Sauce)
The falafel is as good as I’ve ever tasted. Hot, crunchy and the pita bread is soft and fresh with a lot of room for stuffing with their great salad bar options. My dining companion was a little resistant to the “rabbit food” I was forcing her to eat for lunch. But, she even enjoyed it and remarked that she’ll be going back there again. And I know I’ll be back pretty much every Wednesday. (Wednesday is when I have my long runs. So, I deserve a fried treat for lunch, don’t you think?)
If you’re not in the NYC – Times Square area, they have tons of other restaurants in the NYC area and around the world. Maoz Locations