NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
26 East 17th Street
New York NY 10003
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu does not indicate vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $1-$5)
- Cash Only
Between Broadway and 5th Avenue. 4,5,6, L,N,R,Q,W to 14th Street-Union Square.
Rainbow Falafel does not deliver.
$10 minimum order.
Falafel, hummus, baba ghannouge, stuffed grape leaves, soups and other Middle Eastern vegetarian fast foods.
Review by alf-redo on June 12, 2009:
- I logged on specifically to write this reveiw- seriously can not believe previous reviews. The second worst falafel I've ever had (worst being one from a street vendor in Brooklyn Heights off of Borough Hall). The balls were standard, an old pita that was so stale it broke apart before I could get half way through, and a little bit of old wilted iceberg with watered down tahini - and that's it! I asked for extra spicy which meant a little red hot sauce made its way on but it couldn't save one of the worst excuses for a falafel I've ever had. If you are in Union Square go to Maoz or any cart instead.
Review by juls on January 21, 2009:
- I like the taste of Maoz better, but this place is still great, and for $3.50 you can't complain.
Review by April on January 16, 2007:
- Perhaps the best falafel in the city. Make sure to request that they make it spicy!
Review by Red Lurcher on January 11, 2007:
- Although it's gone up to $3.50, their falafel sandwich may still be the best cheap eat in the city. No fancy add-ons, but absolutely amazing falafel balls, the kind that make you think everyone else's dry, brown, nuggets are nasty bird food.
The hummus, taboule and babaganoush are fine, if unremarkable. The grilled eggplant and cauliflower are yummy but relatively pricey. The two soups - split pea and lentil - taste nothing like what you would expect from the names and are delicious.
The people here are very friendly and helpful, despite being squeezed into the smallest restaurant you have ever seen. I think street carts have a bigger kitchens.
Quality control is a bit of a crapshoot. Some of the staff pack a better sandwich than others, and you don't get to choose.
Extra points for their default use of whole wheat pita bread.
Regarding my perfect rating - foodwise, this is for the falafel and the soup; atmospherewise, it's an incredible cramped little closet of wonders with a line down the sidewalk - I kinda love that; servicewise, these people are great!