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We will be in Paris for several days and are seeking peak eating experiences.

All recommendations welcome, restaurant, take-out and supervised grocery items.

We will be staying the the Marais and seeking a pre-pay for Shabbat. Is Les Ailes wonderful? Or are we better off with take-out??

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  1. The apple strudel at the bakery with the blue walls in le Marais is insanely good. Also have the falafel at the store three doors to the left if you are facing the bakery. I'm sorry I don't know the names.

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    1. re: craigcep

      L'as du fallafel? if that's what you're thinking of- best falafel I've ever had.

      1. re: cheesecake17

        Thank you both. We will report back.

        1. re: AdinaA

          l'as du falafel is one of mark bittman's favorite places. he writes A good falafel sandwich is enough to make you a vegetarian, at least for one meal. That's my feeling, anyway, and at L'As du Fallafel — on Rue des Rosiers, in the heart of what was once Paris's most vibrant Jewish neighborhood — that feeling is compounded, because the falafel is so good that this is the one culinary destination in town I never skip.

          http://travel.nytimes.com/2006/12/31/...

          david lebovitz wrote "10 Insanely Delicious Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Paris
          he puts it as #2
          2. L’As du Fallafel

          If you want to see Parisians eating something messy on the street, with far more flair that I can muster, head over to the rue de Rosiers. Order at the window, and be sure to ask for extra sauce piquante if you know what’s good for you. Then retreat with your sandwich to some doorway to chow down.

          Although I’m told the place across the street is better, if I was seen going in there, I’d surely lose my cred at L’As so I’m not willing to risk it (…if only they’d close for vacation…) Not only is the fallafel cheap, but it’s good too. If you want to sit down, you can eat in the newly-remodeled dining room. The only downside is the pricey drinks are about the same price as the sandwich and sometimes the fries could use another minute in the fryer. Oh yes, and avoid the chopped liver, which isn’t so good. A better bet is the version at Chez Marianne just down the street.

          Still, you can’t come to Paris and not have a fallafel at L’As du fallafel
          It just isn’t done.

          http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/08/...

          1. re: koshergourmetmart

            We ate there twice in the seated area. Worth the wait, and the fries were pretty good. The waiter we had was French, but spent some time in the states, so he loved talking to us. Great place, great experience.

            Just know that Chez Marianne is *not* kosher. Our hotel recommended it to us as a good kosher place in the Marais, but turned out that it was far from kosher- feta cheese and shish kabob in the same dish. We ended up at L'as du fallafel for the second time and had shwarma.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              i did not think chez marianne was kosher-it was just part of the article

              1. re: koshergourmetmart

                I just put it out there so someone glancing through the posts wouldn't just assume it was kosher.

                1. re: cheesecake17

                  The falafel there is a great quick snack. Sadly, David now thinks Maoz (which is kosher in DC, and perhaps elswhere) is better.
                  http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/10/...

                  1. re: joshuaresnick

                    Maoz in Philadelphia is also Kosher.

            2. re: koshergourmetmart

              We did. And it is wonderful. Superlative falafel. And a fun atmosphere, crowds of Parisians in this kosher falafel joint because the food is so good.

              Best falafel in the world? Maybe. I would say, however, that it is more a matter of stule. L'As serves a falafel that is wonderfully creamy on the inside. I've never had falafel like it. Also, they layer the sauces, salad, and falafel - which makes a bettter sandwich. And the bread is really fresh. Do eat here.

      2. My wife and I had a very nice shabbat dinner at Les Ailes when we visited Paris - but it's not close to the Marais, 2probably -3 miles. If you arent up for the walk, I recommend shopping in the Marais before shabbat. There are numerous stores and butcher shops that sell prepared foods. Maison David on Rue Des Ecouffes, has fantastic cured sausages, smoked duck breast, and taramasalata. Wine and challah are also readily available in the Marais. If your hotel has courtyard, or eruv does not concern you, take out options make for a lovely picnic.

        1. Les Ailes is in the 9th, not particularly close to Marais. In general I think the 9th has a lot more kosher food than Marais, but alas no eponymous NYC steakhouse.

          I had a fantastic meal at Cine Citta Cafe near the Champs Elysses.

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          1. re: elmoz

            We did go to Les Ailes on Friday evening. There were a handful of Askenazi tourists, and several large Mizrachi groups that evening. The cous cous was beyond fabulous.

            One other Ashkenazi diner was eating the Moroccoan cous cous, which is lovely. the others were eatint eh veal or the roast chicken. We chatted with the manager, and persuaded him that we could take the heat. He brought us all four of the types of cous cous that he was serving that night. The Tunesian bean cous cous and the harisa couscous were a revelation.

            They start you with a course of outstanding salads and follow this with an excellent fish course.

            Wonderful place.

          2. Izaaki

            Eat here!

            Although we did not get to as many restaurants as we would have liked (the truth is that there were reasons for being in Paris other than the food) we did get ot Izaaki. the chef is an artist.

            The coconut chicken soup. the lemon infused fish soup. the duck. the foie gras. The deep-fried banana in chocolate sauce.

            I have never had a better meal, and we dine our in New York, Los Angeles, London, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

            I did see Philistines on the French kosher sites complain about the prices, "high for a Chinese place." Philistines are a problem.