Discover This Hole-In-The-Wall Falafel Spot, Then Drink Authentic Bubble Tea
It’s almost a literal hole in the wall, but Pita Hot makes some of the best falafel in NYC, and their shawarma is so fresh and flavorful, you’ll never want to eat at your corner vendor again. Not into meat? Get the Jerusalem falafel sandwich, stuffed full with every vegetarian side they make—from stuffed grape leaves to baba ghanoush. Best of all, the owner is so hospitable, you’ll feel like you’re family from the very first visit. Note, there isn't a ton of seating in this cozy counter-serve restaurant, so if it's nice out, take your meals to Athens Square and dine al fresco.
Bubble tea spots abound in Astoria, but The Teapsy is the real thing—literally. All of their milk teas are made with actual tea leaves, not the powdered stuff. They even craft their own house milk blend, offering a unique flavor to your Sakura Rose Milk Tea or coffee-blended Hong Kong Milk Tea. Not feeling tea? They have creative coffee frappes, too. Check their Instagram for their secret menu, featuring flavors like Winter Melon Green Tea and Lavender Rose Milk Tea.
25-13 30th Avenue, Astoria
33-17 30th Avenue, Long Island City