Almost Midnight at the Oasis: Falafel Platter at Oasis in Williamsburg

Just follow the bouncing balls: No. 31 in our 100 Days/100 Dishes

Perennially listed among Williamsburg's top 10 eateries is Palestinian fast-food establishment Oasis, perched right above the Bedford Avenue stop on the L and open until 11 p.m. or later.

The $6 vegetarian platter -- offered with a stack of warm pitas -- is probably more than you want to eat at one sitting. The composed herb-and-chickpea orbs are freshly fried and fragrant, and they immediately nestle into whatever they're dropped upon, whether it be the tart cabbage slaw, green salad, heap of pickles and pickled peppers, or well of tahini, which may be converted into a well of babaganoush or hummus for an additional 50 cents.

The best thing about Oasis is the fresh taste of its food, cheap prices, and convenient location at the crossroads of retro-hipsterdom. According to legend, the place was founded by Palestinian shopkeepers who control many of the stores in the neighborhood, and were annoyed at awful falafel places (since closed) just around the corner on Bedford Avenue.

They sure showed us!

161 North 7th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Trevor Zhou
Trevor Zhou

DO NOT COME HERE! One of the younger, but big guys working behind the counter ATTACKED ME and TRIED TO PROVOKE ME TO FIGHT after closing their shop.

Some friends decided to come here after a fun in BK. They wanted falafel but I wanted street meat, so I got some across the street and then went back into the place to reconvene. Upon entering, they started yelling at us that they were closed. I told them that they couldn't be closed because my large group of friends (about 7) were all eating there. They kept yelling they were close. Then that younger big guy starts pushing me towards the door saying they're closed. Only then they say you can't bring in other food. But I wasn't eating it I told them. I was just trying to figure out what we were going to do next. The guy kept pushing me towards the door so I tell him to not touch me. I leave on my own accord and I end up eating my food outside of the establishment, where we parked.

After closing up the place, the same guy who pushed me towards the door came back out and got in my face saying "Hey Motherf*ucker, you want to be tough? I'll beat the sh*t out of you." and SHOVED ME TO THE GROUND and then aggressively approached my friends

Rather than fight, we called the police on him, but as usual the cops were completely apathetic.

Then the other older guys came out, saw everything and told us that if we wanted we could come back for a free falafel. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? PLEASE BOYCOTT THIS ESTABLISHMENT.


Hummus goes exceptionally well with falafel and I'm so glad I've mustered enough courage to create a big batch of creamy goodness at home. :) Middle Eastern eateries are such comfort food for me.