Amir’s Falafel

May 6, 2009 Updated: October 1, 2015

A beef combination platter with salad, grape leave rolls, baba ghanoush, and hummus. (The Epoch Times)
A beef combination platter with salad, grape leave rolls, baba ghanoush, and hummus. (The Epoch Times)
Just across from Columbia University in New York City on Broadway between West 113th and West 114th Streets sits the quaint Amir’s Falafel. Opened 1971 by Yusef Samad, the place is now owned and run by his nephew Nael Malaeb and family.

Amir’s Beef Schwarma pita sandwich might be well known to the average Columbia University student and faculty or a close-by Upper-Westsider. But for me, Amir’s represented a new culinary adventure. Amir’s Falafel serves up a smorgasbord of Lebanese pita sandwiches with Middle Eastern sides such as a Tabouli Salad, Baba Ghanoush, and Hummus. Prices range from $5.00 to $10.00 depending on plate size. At $5.00 for Falafel, Tabouli, or Grape Leave Pita, or $7.00 for the beef or chicken equivalent, these are good deals. For $2.00 more you can up-size to a platter adding a house salad and pickles. [caption id=”attachment_85538″ align=”alignleft” width=”320″ caption=”Amir