Monday, August 22, 2011

Great Balls of Falafel: “Maoz” A Vegetarian Restaurant With a Dutch Twist

Just across the street from New York City's Union Square is a small vegetarian restaurant that specializes in falafel. Maoz isn't so much a traditional restaurant as it is an updated and stylish falafel stand providing some seating. Maoz is a Dutch chain restaurant that has several locations in NYC. The falafel at Maoz isn't dry or too greasy. It's just the way I like it. I discovered Maoz during my last visit to New York and found it to be just as good this trip.

This time I had the meal deal, which included a falafel sandwich, Belgian fries, and a drink for about $9.00. I've never particularly liked french fries; but I admit, the fries at Maoz are wonderful. What makes Maoz particularly good is the choice of toppings that you can add to the falafel sandwich, including pickled eggplant, tabouli salad, roasted cauliflower, and other exotic middle eastern sauces.

Maoz has seating for about 6 people and gets very crowded during peak times. So if the weather is good, I recommend take-out and eating your meal across the street in Union Square. Maoz is certified kosher and is open seven days a week.

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