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189 E. Houston St. , New York, NY 10002 40.722632 -73.987793
nr. Orchard St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-260-8302 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Kosher, Middle Eastern
  • Price Range: $$

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Sun-Wed, 11am-3:30am; Thu-Sat, 11am-5am

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering


  • No Alcohol


Not Accepted

Delivery Area

Canal St. to 12th St., FDR Dr. to Broadway


This venue is closed.

Hebrew slang for “original,” Ashakara, a kosher grill, puts its own slant on a falafel shop. A salad bar lines the counter; customers pick their own condiments. Obvious choices like fresh lettuce and cucumbers are augmented by grilled cauliflower, sautéed carrots, and salsa and chimichurri hot sauces. The falafel itself is Israeli-style, green on the inside, with an appealing nutty flavor beneath its seared, crunchy edge. The surrounding pita is made in-house daily, with the doughy whole wheat version trumping the somewhat bland white. Hummus and babaghanoush are creamy but not oily, in keeping with a generally healthy angle here. The grill also serves a pedestrian grilled chicken and a taut, flavorful burger studded with parsley and grilled onions. Excellent Belgian fries are thick-cut and slightly sweet, accompanied by dipping sauces like a refreshing and fiery wasabi. To balance the savories there is homemade lemonade and baklava, the latter a thick triangle with dry filo capping dense honeyed nutmeat. The yellow-walled space is compact, with a trio of front tables leading to a long side bar made of copper-colored glass tile. The after-midnight hours are popular with eastside revelers, seeking a little post-bar stomach ballast.

Recommended Dishes

Small fries, $3.90; large falafel sandwich, $4.90; burger, $6.50