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81 SAINT MARKS PL. (ave a and ave b)(212) 982-9166
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Available from 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM.
Served with fresh pita. With a free homemade baklava with orders over $20.
Stuffed with salad in a fresh pita. With a free homemade baklava with orders over $20.
Served with fresh pita bread. With a free homemade baklava with orders over $20.
Stuffed with mixed greens & tahini in fresh pita or whole wheat wrap. With a free homemade baklava with orders over $20.
Served with side salad, tahini, and fresh pita. With a free homemade baklava with orders over $20.
All kebab platters served with salad,tahini,pita and 2 choices of rice,couscous,hummus or babaganush.Free baklava with orders over $20-Call Rakka
“The Best Falaffel in Town” is what you will hear when you step into Café Rakka, the East Village’s favorite destination for delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. Their critically acclaimed restaurant has earned a stellar reputation because of their dedication to preparing quality food with the finest ingredients that they can find. Café Rakka’s menu features authentic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean favorites such as grape leaves, babaganush, couscous, shish kebab, falafel, and shwarma. They also have an extensive list of delicious vegetarian options and rare specialties such as mujadarra, which is a simple blend of cracked wheat and green lentils with hummus. If you are looking for exquisite gourmet cuisine at a modest price, make Café Rakka your next meal!
Babaganush—Grilled chunky eggplant, tahini, garlic, fresh lemon juice and olive oil
Chicken Kebab—Char grilled marinated chicken breast
Fattouch Salad— Mixed greens, tomato and toasted pita; served with vinaigrette and tahini
Rakka Mix Grill Platter— Kafta or gyro, chicken and shish kebab
Merquez—Grilled lamb sausage
Bird’s Nest— Homemade filo dough stuffed with hazelnuts, peanuts and topped with pistachios and sugar syrup
My food took over 2 hours and was cold by the time it got there. They also gave me hummus and babaganoush without pita bread :(
Posted 2 years ago by Caitlin S.
Had to wait over an hour to get food (supposed to be 30-45min). Had the chicken kebab, sharwa, lentil soup and french fries. All rather bland. In sum, not worth the wait.
Posted 2 years ago by Michael M.
Fast and reliable, with very large portions. Never had a problem, although food is less expensive if you go in person and don't order through seamless.
Posted 2 years ago by Kati S.
The quality of the food was mostly high. The vegetables were fresh and the meat was high quality. The delivery was fast. Unfortunately the fries were really stale, they sent one of the orders as a pita instead of a wrap and the spinach pie was basically inedible. I probably wouldn't order again.
Posted 2 years ago by Will D.
Generally good food all around. Baklava to die for.
Posted 2 years ago by Claire V.
I love Cafe Rakka! Really miss their location on Avenue B.. I've tried pretty much the entire menu in and out of the restaurant and everything is consistently good.
Posted 2 years ago by Soleil K.
All I had was the baklava and it was weird. I mean in terms of the traditional contents of baklava: it does contain both honey and pistachio. However, every bite I took had weird hard bits in it impossible to chew. The optimist in me thinks these pieces are pistachio shells. Fingers crossed!
Posted 3 years ago by Frannie F.
good solid food, have never had any issues with delivery. the pita sticks with hummus are delicious!
Posted 3 years ago by Erika F.
Love the food but they have incredibly rude staff. Ordered after getting home late a few months back. The owner delivered the food. He admonished me for ordering so late, clearly unaware that he has control over such things.
Posted 3 years ago by Charles K.
Best Mediterranean in the East Village on seamless by far. Also the cheapest, but that's really just by coincidence and is an added bonus
Posted 3 years ago by Ian P.
Awful... Ordered three appetizers and all were beyond underwhelming. Actually very unappetizing that I didn't take more than a few bites. Would definitely NOT order again.
Posted 3 years ago by Lauren S.
excellent. I order from here all the time, and it is always great.
Posted 3 years ago by Nicholas h.
100% on the mark every time. The chicken kebab, the light yet robust falafel and the refreshing and tasty yogurt cucumber salad are terrific.
This native New Yorker couldn't recommend this hidden gem enough.
Posted 3 years ago by Nick S.
This place used to be great about 3 years ago. just ordered the Shawarma platter and this was not the delicious thinly sliced lamb I used to get but simply huge chunks of fat with barely any edible meat. Called to see what could be done and was basically yelled at. Basically I just threw $20 in the trash. I will never order from this place again. I was being very polite about what I consider to be very questionable meat they sent me (I've seen more tempting DOG FOOD) and I was immediately met with rudeness and treated like I was an idiot. Worst seamless experience. AVOID.
Posted 3 years ago by Christine B.
terribly burnt and dry chicken kabob and lamb kabobs.
Posted 3 years ago by Neda Z.
I ordered a sandwich with no onion but got onion only and lots of it. My husband ordered falafel that was really dry. Not recommended.
Posted 3 years ago by Kristen P.
Every SINGLE item I've ever ordered is a 10/10. I wish they offered cooking classes. I absolutely love and recommend Cafe Rakka.
Posted 3 years ago by monica w.
The salad, hummus and proteins always taste fresh. Just wish the portions were a tad bit bigger. All in all a delicious delivery option.
Posted 3 years ago by ugo r.
Posted 3 years ago by Harrison H.
Inexpensive, fresh, and flavorful!
Posted 3 years ago by Colleen M.
The guys here probably think I'm insane cause I've ordered from here 3 times in the past week. I'm addicted. Get the grilled chicken platter with rice and hummus... omg. I've introduced all my friends to this food. Munchie approved.
Posted 3 years ago by Isabella R.
The gyro was good except for the extremely small serving size of the sauces I paid extra for, and the hummus was the consistency of water. The smoothie was delicious.
Posted 3 years ago by Elizabeth R.
Posted 3 years ago by sameer k.
Food is not memorable. Its middle of the road, nothing to get excited about.
Posted 4 years ago by Keith W.
Great bang for your buck. Hummus is nice and smooth.
Posted 4 years ago by ali r.
Maybe I had the wrong things, but this food was real bad.
Posted 4 years ago by David S.
Fast delivery and great-tasting plentiful food
Posted 4 years ago by Marleen v.
the food is decent for when you dont have time to make food. However the service and the person on the other line when speaking to them to replace one item for another - they are horrendous. service sucks food is decent.
Posted 4 years ago by aaron l.
The greatest hummus ever. Any platter from the grill is awesome
Posted 4 years ago by peter h.
Horrible Food. Slow delivery.
Posted 4 years ago by Noel J.
Posted 4 years ago by elisa r.
I was raised on middle eastern food cooked authentically by my father who grew up in Egypt... and let me just tell you, these guys, they do it right. Love cafe Rakka!
Posted 4 years ago by victoria S.
Ordered a Greek salad from here last night and it was pretty gross. Had a creamy Italian dressing on it not a balsamic or Taziki. I also got the feta dip which was indelible. I ate what I could if the salad and today was pretty sick. Not extreme food poisoning but def a version of it.
Posted 4 years ago by gabrielle h.
Ordered the Rakka platter + some vine leaves. I was in the mood to have a little bit of everything, and all of it was great. The falafel was really crispy, although it was a little salty. I'd probably opt for a different combination next time so the overall experience isn't so vinegary. But I'll definitely order again.
Posted 4 years ago by Elizabeth P.
I ordered the falafel lunch special and the lentil soup. The food was cheap and came within the specified delivery time and that was the only redeemable quality. However, the fries arrived cold and soggy and almost like plastic. Even after reheating them in the oven they were inedible. I ordered a whole wheat pita with my soup, and got white. The bread was good, but the soup was just ok and I would not order it again. The falafel sandwich was also terrible. The falafel was hard and overcooked, and it came in a wheat tortilla and in nothing that resembled a pita. I ended up tossing it after a few bites it was that tasteless and bad. Won't be ordering from here again simply because of the quality. I guess you get what you pay for!
Posted 4 years ago by Kristen L.
not good at all. overcooked meat and rice. don't do it
Posted 4 years ago by Tarek E.
The food came quickly. That is the best thing I can say about it. The sharmwa was aobut 50% fat and 50% meat. All in all, you should pass on this place.
Posted 4 years ago by Benjamin W.
Had the chicken kabob sandwich with a wheat wrap ... very tasty and seemed healthy!
Posted 4 years ago by Pauline M.
Does not deliver to this location. Very nice about it. But no yumminess.
Posted 4 years ago by Jacqueline L.
great! Fresh, healthy and fast.
Posted 5 years ago by Keelin G.
This was fairly mediocre - to almost in edible. The kabobs we so overcooked as to be hard chunks. The white bean app was tasteless, the grape leaves mushy, the falafel overcooked, and the greek salad was hardly dressed. We asked for whole wheat pita and we didn't get it. We got whole wheat tortillas, which were fine. I guess you get what you pay for - it was one of the cheapest places we could find. Nota Bene: The gyros were great though, and the tzaziki and gyro in whole wheat tortillas saved the meal.
Posted 5 years ago by suzanne s.
Always very tasty, love the way they do falafel. good sized portions, and quick delivery!
Posted 5 years ago by Melissa L.
Did the job, was okay for the price.
Posted 5 years ago by Seth D.
ordered for the first time here and they gave me raw chicken. i called to ask kindly for a refund but the guy working was very rude and did not compensate me at all.. TERRIBLE SERVICE. GROSS FOOD. do not order here.
Posted 5 years ago by amanda g.
You get a lot of food for your money here. The sandwiches are excellent, and are made the way a sandwich should be - stuffed with meat. I order from here at least 3 times a week they always here in reasonable amount of time. The Shawarma is awesome.
Posted 5 years ago by Saif A.
so fresh, always really tastey. the lentil soup is amazing, the guys in the shop are always super friendly as well. love this place - best falafel in the east village
Posted 5 years ago by rose t.
Some of the best Middle Eastern food in the E Vil. Creamy, nutty hummus and crisp, well-seasoned falafel anchor a menu of authentic, fresh, vegetarian-friendly salads, the best of which include the tangy/creamy foul moudamous. Not sure what happened to the wonderfully tomato-y moussaka (no bechamel here!), but i desperately hope they bring it back. In addition to reliably tasty grub, the service is fast, friendly, and courteous. Rakka makes one of my favorite meals in my favorite 'hood.
Posted 5 years ago by robyn h.
delivery was as stated - no complaints there. The hummus was lacking oomph. Babaganoush was just ok.
The shwarma tasted good but good have been warmer but I think i was a little farther away from the restaurant to expect a super hot delivery.
All in all...eh.
Posted 5 years ago by jessie c.
Half of the lamb in the shawarma sandwich was WAY over cooked and rock solid. I'm surprised I didn't chip a tooth while biting into it. Falafel was pretty good (though very greasy).
Posted 5 years ago by Meredith Miller M.
there's nothing to say except the chicken kebab sandwich is legendary. LEGENDARY. i think i eat here 2-3x a week and i honestly can't stop.
Posted 5 years ago by Mike G.
Super fast! Way faster than the delivery time. I ordered the chicken kebab platter which was plenty and delicious!
Posted 5 years ago by Farah Z.
food is great, delivers fast. fresh vegetable.
I love this place so far.
oh and I love their home made hot sauce :)
Posted 5 years ago by Hayeon K.
First of all, delivery was VERY FAST!!! The estimated delivery time was 45-60 minutes, and my meal arrived in about 15! Very impressive. Also, the food was delicious. The falafel was still (literally) steaming hot when it arrived, and was flavorful, and crispy, and very fresh tasting. I also ordered baklava, which was a much larger piece than I expected, and it tastes homemade. All around, a great meal. I'm very satisfied with the whole experience!
Posted 5 years ago by Kara M.
I ordered lunch from this restaurant this afternoon and after it was delivered, I discovered that the restaurant got half of my order correct. I called them to inform them of their error, but the guy at the restaurant insisted that they were busy and that he would 'give it to me next time,' (whatever that means). The guy didn't even apologize nor did he ask me for my order # so that he could 'give it to me next time.' I was expecting them to apologize AND offer to bring me what I had ordered--was this too much to ask??? Needless to say, I will not patronize them in the future. HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!
Posted 5 years ago by Jonathan M.
Best falafel in EV. Love the couscous and hummus. Chicken kebab was delicious, lamb not as good. I really like that they have whole wheat pita, plus whole wheat wraps. But I don't know why the WW pita's not an option for many of the entrees (choice of plain pita or wrap).
Posted 6 years ago by Justin F.
Great value, large portions, good service.
Posted 6 years ago by John S.
took an hour to deliver. falafel was cold. order was prepared incorrectly (asked for certain sides and they gave me others).
had to purchase food elsewhere to fulfill my appetite.
Posted 6 years ago by Akiva K.
Posted 6 years ago by Kirk W.
I never write reviews, but this food made me question if it was wise for me to even eat it. The Greek salad was nothing more than a handful of iceberg lettuce with diced tomatoes, a couple olives that looked old, and some old looking (and tasting) feta cheese. The "Fresh Pita" was actually stale. It was so chewy I assume it had been sitting out for hours and was zapped in the microwave before delivery. The chicken sandwich was ok (2 stars)--but it again was stale pita with the same iceberg and tomatoes in my "salad" so I wasn't very impressed. The chicken was fine, nothing special, but something makes me think everything was sitting under a hot lamp for hours. Mamoud's is way better. I'll never order from here again or visit the restaurant. $14 for iceberg and stale pita? So bad.
Posted 6 years ago by Lauren T.
fantastic, and fast.
Posted 6 years ago by S N.
The food is VERY cheap but very standard and flavorless. The falafel sandwiches are just falafel, pita, a tiny bit of overly diced lettuce and a bit of tomato. Even if you ask for sauces, the tahini is a bit bitter and flavorless and the hot sauce is just a bit too hot. Good if you're broke, but I feel like there's a lot more places you can spend your $5 in East Village and still fill you up.
Posted 6 years ago by Richard L.
horrible place to eat, do not order from this place....... delivery took 1h and food came cold and was placed in garbbage
Posted 6 years ago by John H.
Makes really great feta leaves and tasty lamb...would definitely order again!
Posted 6 years ago by Naomi E.
Excellent every time i order here (which is like 3-4 times a week I'd say). Get the chicken gyro. The hummus is the best in the east village too. Can't recommend this place enough!
Posted 6 years ago by Michael G.
delicious and healthy!!!
Posted 6 years ago by sherwin z.
Rakka is cheap, delicious and generous. A must-try for anyone who's into Middle Eastern cuisine a step-up from the Halal cart.
Posted 6 years ago by Nicola F.
place has been around for a while, it has consistently good food, good value, and delivery has been solid.
Posted 6 years ago by Eric B.
everything is fresh and flavorful. this is really the best falafel you can find in NYC. everything on the menu is wonderful and seasoned extremely well. the couscous is delicious and the hummus is fantastic. only downside is the slow delivery
Posted 7 years ago by andrew W.
Feta dip and hummus are delicious! Falafel pita a little messy but very tasty.
Posted 7 years ago by Nina C.
delivery was prompt and friendly, but have to rate this place a thumbs down. lentil soup was watery, chicken was dry and mayonaise was drizzeled all over my salad making it inedible. sorry.
Posted 7 years ago by kelly b.
great! excellent falafel and the 4 plate appetizer has a ton of food for the price.
Posted 7 years ago by Amanda F.
truly excellent falafel - perfectly crispy on the outside, well spiced and addictive! I also love their hummus. delivery is very fast, and they always get it right.
Posted 7 years ago by Maureen M.
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