You couldn’t avoid bumping into falafel in downtown Manhattan even if you tried. Mamoun’s, Mimi’s, and Hummus & Pita Co. are just some of the hummus slingers that have recently expanded their footprints to satisfy your chickpea-centric cravings. Joining this cadre is Moemen, a new Middle Eastern/Mediterranean shop on Allen Street, which opened last Thursday and is serving up all the usual suspects: falafel, shawarma, koefte, hummus, chicken kebab, baba ganoush, and more.
Because this new falafel joint is located at House of Yes, they’ve got all kinds of insanity planned for their “brunch party” grand opening, happening this weekend (Saturday, Oct. 23 noon to 3 pm, performances will start immediately and one food item gets you into the show)– including the usual aerial acrobats, dancing, and live music from a Middle Eastern ensemble and a band featuring the sitar. But the HoY crew has also planned some special Queen of Falafel-themed performances including a falafel juggler. Performances start at noon sharp. Buy a food item (starting at $6) and you’ll get into the show.
Read more about Queen of Falafel here.
This weekend in Bushwick, you can jam on some Middle Eastern fare and peep in on the progress over at House of Yes during Queen of Falafel’s grand opening brunch party. As the acrobatic DIY performance collective continues to put seemingly endless layers of crazy on their new Jefferson Street home before the space can officially raise the curtains, cousins Justin Ahiyon and Ilan Telmont (both partners at HoY along with co-founders Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke) have gone ahead and opened up their falafel joint inside a small corner of the building.
Oasis, the venerable falafel and shawarma café that, let’s face it, is everyone’s favorite bathroom to use when the Bedford L is down, is opening a new branch on the north side of Greenpoint. According to the owner, the menu will more or less match that of its Williamsburg counterpart, with a few additions. Like another Greenpoint newcomer, Oasis is opening in a former pizza place with the brick oven still intact, so expect “pitza” staples like lambajin as well.
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