Freddie Zeideia is the Palestinian man behind the falafel at King of Falafel and Shawarma
in Astoria, Queens, which is starting to become a falafel legend in NYC. Freddie started his business 14 years ago, at first with a falafel cart on Broadway and 30th Street in Astoria, Queens
. He then opened a cart in Midtown, Manhattan, and has only opened his brick-and-mortar shop this year. The falafel here is distinctly egg-shaped with square ends (not round), which, according to Freddie, allows for more crispy crust without sacrificing a tender interior. Whether it’s this unique shape or the ‘secret spices’ that make it so good may remain a mystery, but one thing that’s clear is that Freddie’s falafel is truly worth seeking out.