Falafel: Nish Nush

Date: 1/8/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 41 John St

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What we ordered: 

  • Deluxe Sandwich
  • Falafel Trio Platter

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $23.69

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 7 7.25
Presentation 7 7.5
Setting 7.5 7.5
Value 7 6.5
Overall 7 7

Ryan comments:

Ryan stayed home with Dad while Mom grabbed takeout here, since it’s less than 10 minutes from home.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): N/A

General Comments:

Nish Nush, which is Hebrew for snack, is a “gourmet hummus & falafel” restaurant in the Financial District. It started with one location in Tribeca and opened up in FiDi around a year ago. We grabbed this for dinner on a Sunday night and the restaurant was completely empty, but it seems like they do a good amount of delivery business.

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The decor in the restaurant is nicely themed, as their tabletops are filled with chickpeas under glass. Cute touch!

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With a very quick walk home our food was still a great temperature when we ate it. We ordered the Deluxe Sandwich and the Falafel Trio Platter, both of which feature all three flavors of falafel that Nish Nush makes: Green, Spicy Roasted Red Pepper, and Spinach & Mushroom. It was a veritable feast…(please excuse the random items on our coffee table, and no, we don’t usually have Benjamins just sitting around)

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Let’s start with the falafel themselves, which come in their own little tray as part of the platter. You could pretty easily distinguish the flavors from the outside, as the green was a bit more green and the spicy was pretty red and had obvious chiles. Melissa enjoyed all three flavors but probably liked the original (green) the best. The spicy definitely had a kick and was almost a little too spicy to be enjoyable by itself. Rob found the falafel in general to be a bit dry on its own, but liked them better in his sandwich.

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The rest of the platter was veggie-packed, with Israeli salad, white and red cabbage salads, romaine lettuce, olives, pickles, and a heaping portion of hummus. Whole wheat or white pita was on the side along with little containers of tahini and schug. This was a very filling and satisfying meal for Melissa, and ended up turning into two since there was a generous portion of falafel too.

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Rob got the Deluxe Sandwich which was basically all of the components of the platter but packed into a pita. He liked the sandwich a lot and thought the falafel had much better texture here when combined with the hummus and tahini. We both thought the pitas were soft and fluffy. The sandwich was pretty hefty, but nothing that Rob couldn’t handle.

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Overall Nish Nush is a solid option for falafel and hummus and is a neighborhood favorite of ours.

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