Actually, this can work as a budget option for a take-out falafel sandwich (or non-vegetarian version with beef), served in onion pita and drizzled in tahini sauce (order and pay at the cashier first). And before you ask, yes, Chez Marianne's sandwiches are at least as good as its famous neighbor, L'As du Fallafel (34 rue des Rosiers, 4e)—and the lines are shorter.
Better yet, though, is dining deli-style on Chez Marianne's assiettes composés (mezze platters) inside this Claret-colored, vine-clad corner building amid black-and-white tiles and walls lined with wine bottles. Choose from four, five or (if you're ravenous) six ingredients such as rice-filled vine leaves, humus, grilled eggplant, sliced pastrami, olive tapanade, marinated mushrooms and much more. If there are two of you, go for the 10-ingredient platter to share. Finish off with one of its Middle Eastern desserts like pistachio balls, strudel slices and sticky-sweet baklava.