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“My favorite NY felafel”
Review of Alfanoose - CLOSED

Alfanoose
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Dining options: Buffet, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Financial District
Cross street: Broadway and Nassau
Transit: A & C: to Broadway - Nassau E: to WTC, J, M & Z: to Fulton Street, R & W: to Cortland Street, 2, 3, 4 & 5: to Fulton Street
Description: Alfanoose was founded in 1999 by Mouhamad Shami in New York City's Financial District. Shami is a lover of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine and a purist at heart. Alfanoose came about, mainly because of his disappointment in finding true Syrian/Lebanese food in New York.
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Hands down, the best felafel sandwich in NY.

The food covers all of the popular Lebanese and middle eastern favorites, with lamb & chicken kebobs and swarma alongside vegetarian favorites like babaganoush, hummus, foul, etc.

I've been eating here for maybe 20 years, and hope to continue for 20 more!

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Thank Arnie S
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We were staying at a hotel in the South Street Seaport area and noticed Alfanoose while walking to the subway. Although it looked kind of empty, we decided to try it for dinner because I remembered seeing it recommended in a guidebook a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing experience except for the friendly cashier/waitress.
Maybe normally this is a pleasant place to eat, but they were painting the walls while we were there and had the tables and seats pushed away from the walls, with the painters working while we ate. The area where the refrigerated drinks are stored also seemed to be a work area and did not look particularly sanitary. In addition to having to eat in a room that was being painted (seems to me they should have closed while they were doing this), there was a TV on the wall in front of us playing a strange Mexican soap opera or movie.
The food was disappointing, especially in comparison with the good Middle Eastern food we had at other restaurants in NYC that month (in two separate visits). We had the Fattoush salad, which was a large portion but did not have much flavor. There was a skimpy amount of tomato in it, and it was pale and tasteless. We also had falafel, which seemed overcooked and did not have much flavor, and stuffed grape leaves, which were ice cold (they should be room temperature, if not warm) and without much flavor.
There was no tap water and no ice for drinks--only bottled drinks were available for sale.
Although the food is inexpensive, it was not worth it on this visit.

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Thank freedshop
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Great little place; wonderful service, tasty food and good value for money. Just need to get advertising consistency on their business address! It is actually located at 64 Fulton Street not number 150 nor at 8 Maiden Lane.

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Thank Steve G
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Maiden Lane between Broadway and Nassau Street has a bunch of restaurants, and so over the last several weeks since we moved into the neighborhood, we have been trying out these various establishments. Alfanoose is our favorite thus far. We stopped in for dinner, paid a reasonable amount, stuffed ourselves, and had enough leftovers for another big meal.

And if you're like me, and you like lamb spiced with mint, baba ganoosh, falafel, stuffed grape leaves and all the other dishes that scream Lebanese food, Alfanoose is the place to be. The dining room is large and fairly basic, and yes, for dinner it is rather quiet. But the service is friendly - just our first time visiting, and already we were being treated like regulars. We will be back, and I wouldn't be surprised if we did become regulars!

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Thank Charming_Karl
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

the worst shwarma i have eaten
artificial tasting meats tasting awful
no atmosphere at all food served on plastic plates with plastic forks
would not werve us tap water so we were forced to buy their drinks
will never eat there again

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Thank nygoodtogo
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