Falafel: Adel’s #1 Halal Food

Date: 1/6/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: corner of Maiden Lane & Front St

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What we ordered: 

  • side of Falafel balls
  • Lamb over rice
  • Chicken over salad

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $12

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 6.75 7.75
Presentation 6 6.5
Setting 7 6.5
Value 8.5 8.5
Overall 7.25 7.25

Ryan comments:

Ryan stayed home with her Grammie while Mom & Dad went out to grab food from Adel’s, since it’s a food cart.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): N/A

General Comments:

Adel’s is a halal food cart in Financial District that gets good reviews on Yelp. We went before noon so it wouldn’t be too busy and there was just 1 person in line ahead of us. There were two guys working the truck and they were very friendly with good senses of humor. When Melissa ordered chicken they said they had two flavors, and asked if she wanted Male or Female.

It was a cold day, but luckily we ordered and only had to wait about a minute for our food. Our apartment is about a 3 minute walk from here so it was a quick stop.

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We came here specifically for the falafel but we wanted to try some other items, too. Every dish comes with one falafel ball but we got a separate side of 6 falafel balls, which was priced at a very reasonable $2. Melissa enjoyed these but Rob liked them a little less, though he still finished them off without a problem.

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The falafel was pretty green inside and looked a little different than most. Seemed like they were using a fair amount of dill, and probably parsley as well. Here’s an interior shot:

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Rob ordered the lamb over rice for his main, which he liked but thought was pretty hot due to the spices used. He got it with a little bit of hot sauce and some white sauce. All dishes come with a little pile of salad in addition to the free falafel ball.

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Melissa got chicken served over salad, with a good amount of hot sauce. Between the hot sauce and the spices they use, this dish had a lot of heat and was pretty spicy, despite her high tolerance. It had a lot of meat and was pretty filling, especially for the price. The lamb and chicken dishes were each $5, and it’s extremely rare to find lunch for $5 in New York anymore!

Overall this was a good local meal and was an incredible value, but I’m not sure we’d return for the falafel alone. Still made for a tasty lunch, though!

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