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University Pita

21 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003 40.734172 -73.993302
nr. University Pl.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-924-4333 Send to Phone

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

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Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Take-Out


  • No Alcohol


Not Accepted


This venue is closed.

The lines outside this kosher street stand attest to the quality of the fresh Israeli-style falafel here. The sandwiches are made with thick, fluffy pitas and topped by a pile of bronzed patties with beige interiors. The falafel is finely textured, nutty with a slightly sour cast, finished in a soft crust. Add-ons like cucumber salad, pickles, eggplant, grilled or marinated onions, purple cabbage, creamy hummus, and moist french fries round out the mix. The daring can opt for the red or green hot sauce, which the counterman warns will soon have you cursing his name. The remainder of the menu is limited to chicken shwarma, kebabs, and gyro-style pressed meat, all available in laffa iterations, served on a hubcap-sized wrap of chewy, spongy bread. Veggie patties are stacked to the side, a Jewish version of scallion pancake with a sweet grilled onion taste, topped with a stripe of tahini. Most business here is takeaway, although the narrow staircase next to the counter leads to a perch with a short rail, three tables, and a picture window providing views of 12th Street.

Recommended Dishes

Falafel sandwich, $6