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Rainbow Falafel & Shawarma

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    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • Middle Eastern, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 26 E 17th St, New York NY10003 40.737231 -73.990572
  • (Btwn Bway & 5th Ave)
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  • (212) 691-8641
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User Ratings (Based on 25 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 4.0
Service 4.1 Atmosphere 2.7

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 691-8641
Free Delivery Take Out
Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm
Cheap Eats, Delivery, Lunch, Take Out
Min Delivery:

User Reviews

  • Rainbow Falafel & Shawarma

    Posted by Catherine N on 05/01/2015

    Tasteless and Bland

    Not sure why it's called Rainbow, there was no flavor. I ordered a Greek Salad with Chicken and a Turkish Coffee. The Salad had no dressing except "white" and "red" sauce. No seasoning and the coffee tasted like chemicals. Not sure why it's so hard to find tasty Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Casual food in the city. It's supposed to be one the freshest healthiest cuisines in the world. Also, they only take cash which is annoying. They rush you even when there is no line and there are 5 people behind the counter. Never again.

  • Rainbow Falafel & Shawarma

    Posted by anonymous on 02/23/2013


    the food was amazing! cant get any better !

  • Rainbow Falafel & Shawarma

    Posted by Greg on 09/26/2012

    Incredible food and friendly service

    It an excellent place for fresh middle eastern food. The food is delicious with such low prices and the service is terrific with a friendly smile. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

  • Rainbow Falafel & Shawarma

    Posted by Anir on 08/13/2010

    Still very good

    Visited NYC last week and took my mom with me to Rainbow. She had falafel, I had a falafel platter with califlower instead of humus. Still tasted as good as it did when I lived there over ten years ago. Ripe tomatoes, falafel tastes of coriander, fresh chopped onion. All good--I'm no expert--and I've never been to the Mid-East or Israel, but their falafel tastes good to me.

  • Rainbow Falafel & Shawarma

    Posted by Felee on 06/07/2010

    Somewhere else over the rainbow...

    I used to love this place, but now it's gone way downhill. The shwarma was too dry to eat, had to throw it away. Nothing good about the sandwich, brown lettuce, rotten tomatoes, yuck. The fried cauliflower was ok, but too greasy and soggy.

  • Rainbow Falafel & Shawarma

    Posted by JD624 on 10/09/2009

    Great falafel, bad price hike

    The falafel sandwich at $3.50 was really hard to beat. This used to be my favorite little cheap place to get a great lunch. Now it's $4.75, and still delicious, but somehow the price increase leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

  • Rainbow Falafel & Shawarma

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2009

    For what it is, it's great

    Buried amidst the insanity of Union Sq, this place is literally a hole in the wall. And it tastes as such. It's great, if what you want is (relatively) cheap, typical "Middle Eastern" food that will probably satisfy whatever craving you had.

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