Restaurant Review: Maoz Vegetarian

Maoz Vegetarian
558 7th Avenue
(at 40th Street)
Times Square, Manhattan

683 8th Avenue
(between 43rd Street and 44th Street)
Theatre District, Manhattan

38 Union Square East
(between 16th Street and 17th Street)
Union Square, Manhattan

59 East 8th Street
(between Broadway and University Place)
Greenwich Village, Manhattan

2857 Broadway
(between 110th Street and 111th Street)
Morningside Heights, Manhattan

2047 Broadway
(between 70th Street and 71st Street)
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Vegiboys Rating (3/4)

Buzzed from the alcohols of a Happy Hour networking event at Dave & Buster’s near Times Square, Brian and I challenged ourselves to find satisfying, quick vegetarian fare for a reasonable price at a later hour than usual (post-9:00 PM) in the neighborhood.

Turned away from the doors of Crisp (they close at 8:00 PM), we turned to the Times Square branch of Maoz Vegetarian. Maoz has international roots as an Amsterdam-born chain with a broad presence throughout Europe, and they have an expanding number of outposts throughout Manhattan (currently at 6 spots with the opening of a Theatre District location).

No surprises on their only-the-basics menu: the signature falafel sandwiches, fries, a simple salad, a seasonal soup, a rice pudding, and a few beverage choices make up their offerings. Some special sandwich add-ons like feta and hard boiled eggs come only for an extra fee, but for the most part, unlimited sauces and toppings from a self-serve bar are available with any sandwich.

Brian and I both went with the Meal Deal: a falafel sandwich with eggplant and hummus, Belgian fries and sweet potato fries, and lemonade and iced tea.  I stuffed my sandwich with tomato, onion, pickled baby eggplant, some tabouli, and a yogurt sauce. Brian packed his with a sautéed broccoli and cauliflower mix, olives, a fresh vegetable salad, and the yogurt sauce.

Even with the tourists wreaking havoc upon the order of the shop, the staff remained upbeat, with their happy mood adding to the positive vibe of the place. They have very limited seating, all of which was already occupied by falafel-eaters. We instead walked over to the stairs atop the TKTS booth in the heart of Times Square, and enjoyed our sandwiches immensely amid the surrounding chaos.

Quick, cheap ($9.50 each for our meals), and open-late, Maoz is one of the few vegetarian-only venues available for post-drink noshing (they’re open until 1:00 AM weekdays; 2:00 AM on Friday and Saturday; midnight on Sunday). But regardless of the time of day, Maoz is well worth a stop for good and substantial food at an excellent price – one of the best values the city’s vegetarian world offers.

Food (2.5/4)
Atmosphere & Service
Value (4/4)

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