Owner Yagil Kadosh with a falafel
The "gourmet falafel" restaurant I first told you about last month and took a sneak peek at last week opened last Friday on Dean Street just east of Fifth Avenue, and I'm thoroughly impressed by this place.
It's run by Yagil Kadosh and friend Andrew Rowley, who spent a couple weeks in Israel last year perfecting the recipes handed down by Kadosh's mother.
"We went to ton of falafel places, and everyone believes that their recipe is the best," Kadosh said about the trip. "We used everything we learned there in our recipe, and Andrew's recipe is perfect."
It is some seriously good falafel, fried to order and topped with your selection of hummus, baba ghanoush, Israeli salad, eggplant, marinated carrots, pickles, and more traditional Israeli toppings. Falafel comes in a few varieties, like spicy, Mediterranean chicken, or mushroom-based Gilly. Aside from falafel, you can also get grilled or fried chicken breast in a pita, along with a slew of salads, hummus with different toppings, and desserts like baklava and rugelach, all baked in-house (the rugelach was right out of the oven when I showed up, and was some of the best I've ever had). A couple truly authentic (and hard-to-find elsewhere) items, like burrekas and skhug, are also available.
It's a small restaurant, with only twelve stools for seating, so take-out is highly recommended.
All the food served is made in-house, from scratch, using high-quality ingredients and recipes passed down through generations and perfected by two truly passionate guys who just want to serve good food. Who can ask for anything better than that?
Kulushkat Gourmet Falafel, 446 Dean Street Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 347-799-1972.