Located in the Marais, L'As Du Falafel likes to boast about its connection to rocker Lenny Kravitz. Specifically that he has endorsed the falafel sandwich here. You don't need me to tell you this. Just go here: it's posted all over the walls.
The fact is, though, L'As Du Falafel doesn't need to milk the Kravitz connection. They make a very delicious product. The last time I was there, two women in their early sixties were in line in front of me. After they ordered they turned around to me and said, "This is new to us. We come from Holland."
As if Holland has been behind some kind of culinary iron curtain for the last few decades. Whether you're from Holland or Hungary, you should do like Lenny does and stop by L'As Du Falafel.
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A Famous Falafel Sandwich
The most touristy thing I did during two weeks in Paris was queue up at L’As du Fallafel (sic), the Jewish Quarter eatery that’s in all the guidebooks. A Frenchman passing by snorted, “People waiting an hour and a half in line for falafel!” First of all, it’s a half-hour, max. Secondly, the young touts keeping things orderly have a magic ability to put people in a good mood. Now, would I do it more than once per trip? No. To be honest, I think you can find an overstuffed falafel sandwich every bit as good in New York. (Start at Taim, in my old neighborhood of NoLiTa.) But the falafel itself, perfectly moist and with a slightly extra dose of herbs, is hard to beat.
Forget to make a dinner reservation on a sleepy Sunday in Paris? No problem! L'As Du Fallafel has you covered in this reservations-mandatory city. After you enjoy the best falafel in the world (don't forget the eggplant!!), take a stroll around the local streets to soak up the energy of the neighborhood.
On an extremely cold weekend in February two years ago, my friend and I ended up in Paris' Jewish neighborhood on a Sunday since it was the only place with stores and restaurants open. We happened upon this falafel place and were more than happy to find that it was nice and toasty inside since it was tiny. And the best part was that we had the most DELICIOUS falafels that I remember to this day. I later learned that this place was written up in the NY Times!
Before my most recent visit to Paris, I did my research ahead of time, so I knew that L'As Du Fallafel was a good restaurant near our apartment in Le Marais where we could get a delicious and extremely reasonably priced falafel meal.
There’s another falafel restaurant across from this one, but sadly, there weren’t many people inside and one of the workers was pleading with passersby to come in and dine. We took our cues from the majority of the locals and stuck with L'As Du Fallafel. It didn’t disappoint.