King Of Falafel & Shawarma

King Of Falafel & Shawarma

Middle Eastern Restaurant, Falafel Restaurant, and Halal Restaurant$$$$
Astoria, Astoria
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    Has a stamp of approval from The Corcoran Group and Serious Eats
    • The Corcoran Group
    • Serious Eats
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    The falafel at King Of Falafel & Shawarma is a can't miss
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    Gordon Z.
    "Huge portions, delicious food, and free falafel as you wait on line."(5 Tips)
    Richie S.
    "Falafel and shwarma combo is the way to go for a quick tasty lunch."(19 Tips)
    Zayed K.
    "Hands down the best halal cart in New York."(3 Tips)
    nina a.
    "The best chicken & rice platter and falafel in NY, hands down."(2 Tips)
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  • jon f.heart icon on user image
    jon ferrerAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The best falafel I've ever had. Get the freddie junior platter (chicken/kefte) with both sauces. Don't worry. They'll throw in a bonus falafel with your order.
  • Mischaheart icon on user image
    MischaJuly 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    These guys are kings not just because they picked a cool name, they earned it! Never miss the falafel and mix it with the beef shawarma it's a mix from heaven.
    Upvoted Dec 28, 2023
  • Kayla B.heart icon on user image
    Kayla BarberOctober 24, 2014
    It is all amazing! I ordered the chicken shawarma, it was a HUGE portion with great flavors. The guys working were very helpful and had the biggest hearts around.
  • Zayed K.heart icon on user image
    Zayed KhanJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down the best halal cart in New York. Every platter is awesome, so mix it up among the chicken, beef kebab, and shwarma options.
  • Richie S.heart icon on user image
    Richie StarkAugust 25, 2015
    Falafel and shwarma combo is the way to go for a quick tasty lunch.
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyAugust 14, 2014
    This food truck is worth driving long distances to. Falafel is great. Get the shwarma on a hero with the works.
  • Mark H.heart icon on user image
    Mark HeyertAugust 21, 2021
    The beef swarma sandwich is consistently good. I prefer more white sauce than the 50/50 split hot sauce.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 13, 2013
    One of the best halal carts in the city, with homemade shawarma and incredible falafel.
  • Terry T.
    Terry TaylorOctober 29, 2013
    Best falafel in NY! It's the little touches that set it apart from the rest.. plus the guys are super fun
  • Rachel L.heart icon on user image
    Rachel LennonDecember 14, 2014
    I legit want to pick up something different here EVERY night. Falafel is hands down the best I've had in New York.
  • Dianaheart icon on user image
    DianaOctober 22, 2014
    Can't go wrong with anything you order here, but the chicken shawarma is a favorite!
  • Gordon Z.heart icon on user image
    Gordon ZhengAugust 21, 2013
    Huge portions, delicious food, and free falafel as you wait on line. Highly recommend.
  • Abdulrahman ,.
    Abdulrahman ,,November 6, 2021
    “Worst shawarma & very rude behaviour”I have tasted shawarma's in whole NY,but this was the worst I ever had. It was hot from outside but inside was super cold & with less chicken.Very disappointing
  • nina a.
    nina arbuaratnaAugust 28, 2014
    The best chicken & rice platter and falafel in NY, hands down.
  • César R.heart icon on user image
    César RamírezAugust 24, 2016
    Loved the falafel platter, the best I've had in NYC!
  • Shireen E.heart icon on user image
    Shireen ElnaggarNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best falafel in the city! Anything you order here will be absolutely delicious!
  • Albert L.heart icon on user image
    Albert LiJanuary 31, 2015
    Never had shawarma or falafel before this place. Turns out they are pretty damn good. :D
  • Simran J.
    Simran JaisingJanuary 27, 2013
    get platter #1. while you wait, if your nice, the king will give your hot falafal balls.
  • Banu Ç.heart icon on user image
    Banu Çoruk AltınaySeptember 18, 2015
    They really have a fun group, i did not have better in any place, only Istanbul and Lebanon can come close
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FloresAugust 1, 2012
    It doesn't get any better than their chicken and rice - the best in NYC.
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WimsattOctober 31, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If the line's long they might offer you a free falafel while you wait.
  • Melanie W.heart icon on user image
    Melanie W.February 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Prices are a little more expensive than the truck, but this location has a bigger menu.
  • Jeremy B.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy BDecember 28, 2014
    Literally everything is delicious. Try a combo platter to get a sampling of everything
  • Hayley J.heart icon on user image
    Hayley JonesOctober 7, 2014
    Yummy chicken platter and the falafels are so tasty!
  • Qi Feng H.heart icon on user image
    Qi Feng HuangOctober 7, 2015
    The chicken shawarma platter is a must try
  • j p.
    j pazMay 11, 2014
    They also have a cart on East 53rd Monday through Friday
  • Fahad H.heart icon on user image
    Fahad HossainJanuary 15, 2015
    Best cart in the city + they take card.
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle CartierJune 2, 2013
    Pick up a plate and eat next day. The spices and flavors marry better!!!
  • JJheart icon on user image
    JJOctober 26, 2015
    Nom Nom Nom
  • Gabriel C.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel ChungApril 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Falafel is the best, crispy on the outside flavorful on the inside. Highly recommend the Pita chicken shawarma and the chicken platter
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 15, 2011
    Believe us. You've never seen oblong falafels like this before.
  • Evan S.heart icon on user image
    Evan StaffAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the chicken platter for $7!
  • Johanny A.heart icon on user image
    Johanny AriasOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    No matter what you order. You will be back for more.
  • Vincent B.
    Vincent BorgFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    man up. try something that you're unsure of its pronunciation. it's all good.
  • Andre S.heart icon on user image
    Andre SmithJanuary 27, 2015
    The chucken shwarma is amazing
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyApril 16, 2012
    Amazing. Falafel and chicken platters are the move here.
  • Benjamin W.
    Benjamin W.January 11, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you fall in love easily, stay away from the chicken platter. Fair warning.
  • JJheart icon on user image
    JJOctober 26, 2015
    Get the TEASER has a lite but of everything over rice. It's HUGE tons of meats and falafel!!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole ShoeNovember 13, 2014
    Best falafel I've EVER had.
  • Ekta D.
    Ekta DaryananiSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They now accept credit cards!!
  • Justin M.heart icon on user image
    Justin MoyMarch 28, 2015
    Got the omar. Good for two delicious meals.
  • Aaron B.heart icon on user image
    Aaron BatchelderAugust 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love these guys. Easily THE BEST falafels I've had in my life. They are the most perfect blend of spicey, crunchy, and flavorful. 10/10
  • Jess P.
    Jess PengMay 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    awesome cooks in awesome pants
  • Jessie S.heart icon on user image
    Jessie ShenFebruary 19, 2016
    Chicken & Rice!
  • K B.
    K BAugust 9, 2014
    They now accept credit cards!
  • Rayhan I.heart icon on user image
    Rayhan IslamAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Falafel's out there! Go try one now!
  • Aaron B.heart icon on user image
    Aaron BatchelderApril 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    All so damn good.
  • Heather P.
    Heather ParkOctober 7, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    delicious shwarma & other street meats. $6 for a chicken platter w/ rice, salad, pickles + a falafel
  • Sam A.heart icon on user image
    Sam AnthonyJanuary 6, 2018
    Giant falafel plate and delicious vegan lentil soup (only $3 for a big bowl)! Free WiFi too.
  • Peter K.
    Peter K-HzFebruary 16, 2011
    <3 this place. the shawarma over basmati is to die for
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