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Rainbow Falafel

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26 E 17th St, New York City, NY 10003-1901
+1 212-691-8641
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  • Very good35%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
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“falafel” (9 reviews)
“sandwich” (2 reviews)
“union square” (4 reviews)
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Fast Food, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
26 E 17th St, New York City, NY 10003-1901
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Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

We went to see the tree and lights in the city and were told this is a great falafel place. We were surprised it was closing so early... Even though we were there around 4pm, they were out of many of their regular items that...More

Thank Greg194
Reviewed December 30, 2016

Rainbow Falafel is one of the best falafel joints in NYC. There seems to be a debate in my family as to who has the best falafel in the city. My wife and daughter think Mamoun's in the village is the best in the city...More

Thank B_Skyscraper
Reviewed October 14, 2016

It's close to Union Square, so you can just get some takeaway food and eat at the park while people watching (that's what we did) Delicious food, Stuffed vine leaves plate was to die for. For people who crave spicy food, their spicy sauce is...More

Thank Siddharth B
Reviewed March 11, 2016

You might find a line outside but it goes fast, the falafel sandwich is perfectly prepared (it doesn't fall apart at the first bite) with delicious and fresh ingredients. Get one with extra tahini sauce and eat it up on Union Square. Great and cheap...More

Thank Maitorod
Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

No doubt the best in NY. Tiny place and been going for years. The nearest real competition is in either Damascus or Cairo! And wonderful family who run this place. There's a line out the door at lunch time....for a very good reason!

Thank DTAsia
Reviewed February 19, 2015

Had a late lunch here on a cold day in December -- fried eggplant sandwich on pita. Truly one of the best of its kind. Eggplant cooked just right, not greasy, salad components fresh and crunchy, just the right amount of sauce, and lovely people...More

1  Thank dgourmac
Reviewed October 14, 2014

Small and take out only..but boy, this place has the best falafels around!!!!! Don't miss it, if you are in the Union Square area...I almost gave it a 5!!!!

1  Thank johnskylar
Reviewed September 9, 2014

With so many places to eat - and eat well - in NYC, how do you choose? Rainbow Falafel and Shawarma is an easy choice for those days when you prefer a quick takeout meal to enjoy in the fresh air in the park. Cheap,...More

Thank David E
Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

Good, tasty and fast. Right down the block from Union Square Park. Get your lunch and bring it to the park and enjoy the sights and sounds of NYC while you chow down!

Thank handslol
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Delicious shawarma and falafel! Nowhere to sit, but you can take it to Unions Sqr park and dine al fresco!

Thank Nikki G
Flatiron District
Offering many of the city’s best restaurants and shops
set amid classic New York architecture, the Flatiron
District is no longer under the tourist radar. At 23rd
Street is the famous triangular Flatiron Building,
which makes a good picture no matter what angle you
photograph it from. Be sure to look up at the elegant
architecture as you stroll the streets - much of this
neighborhood is part of a historic district that was
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$5 - $10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 E 17th St, New York City, NY 10003-1901
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Flatiron District
  • Neighborhood: Flatiron District
  • Phone Number: +1 212-691-8641
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