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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:14 PM

Grub Street's Alyssa Shelasky reports on a new situation:

An unlikely duo, Cyril Aouizerate and Alain Senderens, dive into Brooklyn culture.

"He may look like an old French man, but he's a fucking rock star," Cyril Aouizerate tells Grub Street of his 73-year-old partner at the new Maimonide of Brooklyn, French legend Alain Senderens. Senderens is the culinary iconoclast who earned three Michelin stars for 28 years at Lucas Carton before famously rebelling and giving them back in the name of simplicity. "I was done with the tra-la-la, chi-chi, bling, crystal goblets, and glamour," he explains. "I wanted to, of course, keep my purveyors and quality of ingredients, but without any of that nonsense! Nobody understood. Michelin certainly didn't understand." Perhaps equally hard to grasp is why Senderens and his regal Greek wife have turned up on Atlantic Avenue, serving "vegetarian food for carnivores," turning heads yet again ... this time in fedoras, not berets. Lucky for us, he was more than happy to explain.

Cyril called you a "fucking rock star," would you agree?
Well, maybe? My wife is the reason for everything. She keeps me cool and tells me what to do. Other than that, I was always attracted to non-mainstream locations and non-mainstream people. The reason I know Cyril is because I've been the consulting chef at Mama Shelter [Aouizerate's famed, hip-hop-magnet Parisian hotel]. I liked it so much there because it was located in an edgy area of Paris, there was nothing typical about it; we always knew Brooklyn would be next.





serving falafel on Atlantic Avenue

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#2 Wilfrid

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:17 PM

It's not April 1, is it?

#3 Sneakeater

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:24 PM

I've heard about this from multiple sources. It seems to somehow be true.
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#4 Wilfrid

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:25 PM

Someone has bunged the old geezer a wad of cash to talk up falafel. That's my guess.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:29 PM

I hadn't heard that it was strictly going to be falafel.
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#6 Orik

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:34 PM

Because his wife convinced him the world is going vegan and falafel is the only things vegans eat (hence the smell).
I never said that

#7 Wilfrid

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:52 PM

I didn't know you could get only one Maimonide. I have usually seen them plural.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:53 PM

I was wondering about that myself.

Their next restaurant will be a Greek vegan place called Hercule.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:54 PM

:lol: :lol:

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:59 PM

Although now that I think of it, I guess "Hercule" is actually correct in Senderens's native tongue.

For all I know, "Maimonide" is, too.
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#11 Sneakeater

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:59 PM

But I doubt it.
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#12 Wilfrid

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 06:18 PM

Actuellement, you're right.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:31 PM

I walked by here the other day. (I didn't realize that it was where it was.)

I could swear there was a chalkboard on the sidewalk in front of it touting their burgers. That doesn't sound very vegetarian to me.
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