New York, New York
October 27, 2003
Located next to the bustling Coffee Republic, Meshwar serves mostly locals, and its fresh falafel and complimentary starter veggies keep it afloat but never crowded. Don't be alarmed when you see brains and other frightening options on the menu; the staff here is super-friendly and more than willing to explain what's in any certain dish.
Just plan to stay a while, and be sure to finish off your meal with some mint tea and nomoura (wheaty Middle Eastern pastries softened by honey and rosewater).
If it's fast food or a sandwich instead of a sit-down meal you're after, look for the neon lights of Ranoush Juice (also on Edgeware Road, about two blocks north of Marble Arch tube station). Perfect for a picnic in Hyde Park, its chicken or lamb sharwarma sandwich, complete with pickles, tomatoes, and delicious garlic sauce, represents the closest thing to a Middle Eastern cheesesteak. The Arabic music is always blaring at Ranoush, and the juice shakes are first-rate. Order/pay first, then give your ticket to the guy behind the counter.
From journal Tea and Tabouleh: London's 'Little Arabia'