Your guide to the best falafel in Syracuse
It’s lunch time, and you just don’t know what to eat. The hangriness is coming. My advice: go for the best falafel in CNY.
Not only is falafel inexpensive, it’s a good source of protein if you want to cut meat from your diet, but still feel like you’re full. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Food and Nutrition, a 20 g serving (one falafel) provides almost 3 grams of protein.
A traditional Middle East and Mediterranean dish, falafel (falāfil/ فلافل) is now popular all around the world. It’s simply fried patties of milled chickpeas or fava beans (or both). In Egypt, fava beans are typically used, while Israeli falafel are often made from chickpeas.
Falafel can be served as salad (with tomatoes, cucumber, onion and lettuce), stuffed into pita bread or served over rice. Because falafel can often satisfy the dietary needs of people with cultural or religious food restrictions, many restaurant in Syracuse started including it on their menus.
Here are some of the best falafel spots in Syracuse:
Located on Syracuse’s Westside, SUMER Restaurant offers the best combination of quality and value when it comes to its falafel dishes (Falafel sandwich served with tahini, pickles and tomato for $3.99/ Falafel 8 pieces served with pita bread, and tahini sauce for $5.49).
The texture of the falafel is finely ground, but you still get some tiny chickpea chunks. For people not into spicy food, SUMER’s falafel are lightly spiced.
Location: 2204 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13219
Contact: 315-802-2390 / 315-307-1111
Located on Marshall street, Mr. Falafel is the nearest falafel restaurant to Syracuse University. The restaurant serves donut-shaped falafel topped with white sesame seeds. The texture is more dense and finer compared to other restaurants.
Hazem Maliti, owner/manager of Mr. Falafel, emphasized that his restaurant serves fresh falafel that are made from scratch. He doesn’t rely on canned chickpeas or dry falafel mix.
The falafel are served in a pita, over rice or salad, or in a hummus bowl.
149 Marshall street, Syracuse, NY, 13210
Serving a Lebanese-influenced menu, Byblos Mediterranean Cafe has been open since 2010. The restaurant serves falafel as an appetizer (with diced tomatoes, parsley, radishes and tahini sauce), as an entrée over rice, or in a wrap.
In 2012, the restaurant, and especially the falafel wrap, were featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”
Location: 223 North Clinton Street, Syracuse NY 13202
Contact: (315) 478-3333
Engy Adham’s Falafel Recipe
And because some of you prefer homemade meals, Engy Adham, Egyptian Moroccan graduate student at Syracuse University, shared her mama inspired falafel recipe.
- 2 scoops of dry chickpeas (a scoop is about the size of your palm)
- ¼ tablespoon of chopped parsley
- ¼ tablespoon of chopped coriander
- ¼ tablespoon of chopped rosemary
- ¼ tablespoon of ground cumin
- ¼ tablespoon of ground black pepper
- A pinch of salt
- 2 cloves of garlic
Note: Syracuse also has great Halal and Mediterranean grocery stores where you can find the typical ingredients you need to prepare falafel.
- Soak the chickpeas in water overnight.
- Rinse the chickpeas and grind them using a food processor, then let the mixture dry a little.
- Add parsley, rosemary, cumin black pepper, salt and garlic to the chickpea mixture and grind the ingredients together until you get a chunky paste.
- Make the paste into small balls or patties
- Let the oil sit on a pan for a few minutes until it is nice and hot. (The goal is falafel that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside).
- Serve the falafel with grilled vegetables on the side (eggplant, tomatoes and onions with hummus and garlic as a dip).