MacDougal and Bleecker
I have been waiting to write this blog entry for a long time as this is by far one of my most favorite spots to hang out in NY!! The stretch of MacDougal street, right by the intersection of MacDougal and Bleecker is hands down my favorite part of NYC! Falafel Sandwiches, Kati rolls, Crepes, awesome bars, cheap drinks, this area has it all.
Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant [http://www.mamouns.com/]: Best Falafels I have ever had. Having grown up in the middle east, I can comfortably say that I have tried Falafel sandwiches at a lot of places. Been eating them over the years, but to this date, no Falafel sandwich has blown me away like the one at Mamoun’s. At first, I was like, yeh this is good. But now its almost like an addiction. Guys and gals…definitely check out mamoun’s. They are open till late (and almost always have a line that runs out the store). Oh..and beware of the infamous hot sauce. Only for the brave!!
Kati Roll [http://www.thekatirollcompany.com/]: Kati roll is an indian food item that this particular restaurant is famous for and is the only thing it serves. Its a tortilla wrapped with either meat, or eggs or beans or cheese inside. Their menu is fairly simple – you have a variety of 10 Kati rolls to choose from. If you like spice, but don’t want too much of it, its the perfect place! And if you are drunk, this will definitely hit the spot. And lets not forget that its tightly wrapped in a tortilla, so your drunk senses will definitely be able to handle a kati roll without making a mess.
Creperie [http://www.creperienyc.com/]: This is by far the most famous out of the 3 restaurants I mention in this post. Whether you want a crepe for lunch, dinner or dessert, they have it all. They have a VERY large selection of Crepes to chose from. I recommend #45 which is the smores crepe. I also see a lot of people order the ‘famous crepe’, which I guess is appropriately named :). Creperie has had a lot of media coverage including being featured on the food network. It is also frequented by celebrities (I have yet to spot one) [http://www.creperienyc.com/celebrities.html]. BTW, did you notice Scarlett Johhanason on their celebrities page…yumm! I would love to spot her there!
Over all, if you are a food lover, this is the spot to be. Cheap food, fun people, zero drama (except that one time some drunk kid tried to pick a fight with me)!