The restaurant’s official t-shirt and a wooden mural reminds the viewer of its origin. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 30, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

Mamoun’s Falafel restaurant first opened on MacDougal Street in 1971, in Greenwich Village. It is one of the oldest Middle Eastern restaurants in New York City and serves its now famous authentic falafel sandwich. Mamoun’s is family owned, and has become a part of the history and culture of the Village. Many notable musicians, actors, and other celebrities continue to dine at their establishment.

Despite the Pandemic, Mamoun’s has been able to provide affordable food. MacDougal Street is an extremely busy and happening street because of its popular comedy clubs, bars, and restaurants. You find people roaming around until very late, hence Mamoun’s stays open till 2 in the morning. 

The friendly staff of the restaurant is quick on their feet, and prepares your order within minutes, which makes you want to come back to the space over and over. Mamoun’s Falafel exudes a positive, delicious, mysterious, and alluring atmosphere regardless of external factors. It reminds you of all the small things that make New York City what it is. 

Ankit, Rohan and friends have come from all over the States to New York for a vacation from work. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 30, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

A staff member pours cheese sauce onto a sandwich. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 24, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

A man in a hat sits outside as he enjoys his falafel sandwich. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 24, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

The dim tri-colored lights illuminate Mamoun’s restaurant. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 17, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

A customer’s falafel sandwich order. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 10. 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

Johnathan works some nights as a bouncer for Mamoun’s, as well as Caffe Reggio also on Macdougal Street, from 4 PM to 2 AM. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 30, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

Bags of pita bread. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 30, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

Paulo from Brazil and Yuko from Japan originally met in Hong Kong. They often come to New York for work and meet at Mamoun’s. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 30, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 10, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

A 1971 photograph of Mamoun, the original owner, hangs on the wall. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 17, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

Mo, who has been working here for a few years, looks through the counter glass as he prepares an order. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 17, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

A falafel sandwich is being filled with lettuce and tomato. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 27, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

The restaurant is cash only, the bright red tip bucket is often put on the counter. Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 30, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh

Mamoun’s Falafel, MacDougal St. April 27, 2022. Photo by Abha Deshmukh