Madcapra Falafel is the first of two Los Angeles restaurants from chefs and NYC expats Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer. Opened in May in the fabulously authentic food hall that is Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, Grand Central Market houses everything from Berlin Currywurst to Bento Ya Japanese to Chiles Secos to Eggslut and G&B Coffee.
The duo has been working at incubator kitchens perfecting their dishes and enjoying the new dynamic that is different that the one at Glasserie in Brooklyn. Now, they work as a team and have found that they have a very similar style. As Sara Kramer said “We have as similar approach to food and management, and feel like we can do a good job and have fun at the same time. That's crucial when you're working so many hours and you care so much about what you're doing.”
Coming from NYC to LA, the most exciting thing can often be the abundance of available produce. And with the mission of Madcapra to be farm-to-table “vegetable-focused” where everything is made from scratch, that’s a great thing. As Bon Appétit commented, “Honing their skills on the East Coast with a sometimes limited roster of available produce has allowed Kramer and Hymanson to utilize California's bounty with a fresh perspective.”
The menu provides grilled-to-order deliciousness that is filled with herbs and pickled items that are a welcome surprise from the classic falafel.
Not surprisingly, the duo was named to Zagat’s 30 Under 30: Rock Stars Redefining the Industry on September 14, 2015.