Perry, the founder of New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City street food.
Every once in a while, it’s good to take a break from all the meaty lunches we eat. A good way to do that is with falafel, a Middle Eastern dish made with ground chickpeas and various spices that are formed into balls and deep fried.
There are many places to get falafel on the streets of NYC, with a bunch of food carts and a few food trucks serving it. We recently went to the Pocketful food truck to try theirs.
The Pocketful has 6 types of falafel sandwiches to choose from and 9 types of salad bowls on the menu. The variations come from what else is put into the meal besides falafel. For example, there is a Mexican version (the Aztec) with guacamole, salsa and jalapeños and a Greek version (the Olympia) with feta cheese, olives and yogurt sauce.
We decided to order the Moroccan, which cost $7.95 plus tax. The salad bowls are generally $1.50-$2.00 more than the sandwiches, and they are all gluten-free if you get them without pita bread.
Besides falafel, the Moroccan pocketful sandwich included peanut sauce, corn, cherry tomatoes, thin slices of sweet potato, red bell peppers, shredded red cabbage and lettuce. This may be a vegetarian lunch, but it had some heft. This was not a lightweight lunch.
You also get a choice of white or whole wheat pita bread.
In addition to the peanut sauce inside the sandwich, a small container of tahini sauce was included. We also asked for spicy zhug sauce, which came in a separate container, too.
The tahini had a nice sesame flavor, but be careful with the spicy zhug sauce. It was killer hot!
Even with all the fillings and sauces, the sweet potato slices and peanut sauce stood out. We like it when the featured ingredients are not buried in a sandwich.
Falafel sandwiches make for good street food. Anything stuffed into a pita is portable, which is one of the primary rules of good street food.
As a guy, it’s a little weird walking away from the truck with a little pocketbook containing our lunch, but as long as what’s inside is tasty, we’ll be fine.