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Haute Splurge:
Pierre Gagnaire

Most Welcome Comeback:

Joel Robuchon

Ultimate Bistro:

Chez L'Ami Louis

Staying Power:

L'Epi Dupin

Chef to Watch:

Yannick Alleno, Restaurant Le Meurice

Island Dining:

Mon Viel Ami


RESTAURANTS
Steak Frites:
Le Relais de l'Entrecote

Tea Time:

Mariages Freres

Sweet Tooth:

Angelina

Cheap Lunch:

L'As du Fallafel

Steak Tartare:

Bar de Theatres

American Breakfast:

Coffee Parisian

Grocery Store:

La Grande Epicerie at Le Bon Marche
   
 

 

 

By Meredith Fisher

If New York is the City that never sleeps, then Paris is the city that never stops eating. As the gastronomic capital of the world, the streets of Paris are a food lover’s dream come true. However, deciding where to eat in Paris can be a challenge. The choices are endless: right bank or left? The styles are completely different: bistro or brasserie? And with the weak dollar, everything is expensive.

The best thing about a trip to Paris is that whether you are looking for chic or cheap, it can fit any mood or budget. Hopefully, after reading about a few of our favorite places, the toughest part will be figuring out how to extend your trip.

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RESTAURANTS

Pierre Gagnaire
Haute Splurge

Pierre Gagnaire
6, rue Balzac (Charles de Gaulle-Etoile/George V)
8th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 015-836-1250

Pierre Gagnaire’s 8th arrondissment restaurant reaches for the stars and gets three (to be exact) from the Michelin Guide. With a dining experience that takes haute cuisine to new heights, you quickly realize why it’s so hard to get a reservation. There are misses, for example, a black olive saffron ice cream, but many hits, as in a shot glass of fresh pea soup with avocado. Be prepared for a multi-course extravaganza of edible art painted by one of the true masters of modern French cuisine.

  • Recommended Dishes:
    Tasting Menu

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Joel Robuchon
Most Welcome Comeback

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
5, rue de Montalembert (Rue du Bac)
7th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-222-5656


La Table de Joel Robuchon
16, av. Bugeaud
16th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 015-628-1616


Whether you wait it out at L’Atelier or reserve in advance for La Table, Robuchon crafts creative dishes that challenge your taste buds without completely alienating them. At Atelier, park yourself at the bar-seat-only dining room, order a few small plates (try the langoustine ravioli), and watch the action in the open kitchen. Be sure to get a side of the signature whipped potatoes, so creamy and decadent, that you’ll forget that low carb ever existed.

  • Recommended Dishes:
    Langoustine
    en Papillote
    La Caille (Quail)
    Pomme Puree

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Chez L’Ami Louis
Ultimate Bistro

Chez L’Ami Louis:
32, rue du Vert-Bois (Arts et Métiers)
3rd arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-887-7748

What does it take to have the best poulet roti in Paris? Find out for yourself on this side street near the Bastille, where you can also indulge in thick slabs of house made foie gras and buttery escargot. When the food arrives you’ll forget you might forget your name, but don’t fret, you’ll never forget L’Ami Louis once you recover from your food coma. Portions are huge; take, for example, a cow-like l’entrecote that was apparently so finger-licking good that the flashy twosome on our right opted for tongues (each others’) over napkins to sample every juicy bite. Linger over your heaping mound of frites and just keep telling yourself they’re a digestive aid. Who knows, they might be?

  • Recommended Dishes:
    Foie Gras
    Poulet Roti
    L’Entrecote

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L’Epi Dupin
Staying Power

L’Epi Dupin:
11 rue Dupin, (Sevres-Babylon)
7th arrondissement, Paris
phone:
014-222-6456

Though not new to the Paris dining scene, this petite bistro is still as crowded as ever. Whether it’s the small size, the reasonable prix fixe, their limited hours of operation (it’s closed on the weekends and Monday) or simply the market-driven menu, locals and tourists alike crowd in nightly. Chef François Pasteau’s inspired modern creations have stood the test of time, making this one of the hottest places to dine on the Left Bank.

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Yannick Alleno, Restaurant Le Meurice
Chef to Watch

Restaurant Le Meurice:
228, rue de Rivoli (Concorde/Tuileries)
1st arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-458-1055

Barely six months after taking over the kitchen at the Le Meurice hotel on Rue de Rivoli hotel, Yannick Alleno’s creative spin on French classics has earned him two Michelin stars and reservations have become scarce. At only 35, Chef Alleno demonstrates the ability of a true master, and one who is not afraid to experiment. It pays off in a light and airy langoustine cannelloni and a roasted turbot that is nearly worth the 110 Euro price tag. The only thing more decadent than the food is the ornate décor fit for a king. Lunch is the best value at 75 Euros, it will satisfy even the most discriminating foodie.

  • Recommended Dishes:
    Cannelloni of Langoustine
    Roasted Turbot on Marrow Bone
    Iced Mousse Hazelnut Praline
    Duck Foie Gras Poached in Chambertin Wine

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Mon Viel Ami
Island Dining

Mon Viel Ami :
69, rue St-Louis-en-l'Ile (Hôtel-de-Ville/St-Michel)
4th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-046-0135

With a communal table, minimalist dark wood décor and a market driven menu, this petit bistro would be at home on the streets of New York, but instead it’s on the main strip of the Ile St. Louis. At this Parisian outpost of Strassburg star Antoine Westermann, 38 Euros will buy you three ample courses, such as a yellow beet salad with coriander or seared scallops with frisee and wild mushrooms. The only thing more enjoyable than the food is the accommodating staff that seems as excited about your dinner as you are.

  • Recommended Dishes:
    Yellow Beet Salad
    Seared Scallops with Frisee and Wild Mushrooms
    Pâté en Croûte
    Chocolate Tart

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Le Relais de l’Entrecote
Steak Frites

Le Relais de l’Entrecote:
20 bis, Rue St-Benoit, (Odeon)
6th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-549-1600

15, Rue Marbeuf, (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
8th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-952-0717

Don’t bother looking at the menu because there isn’t one. The only decision you’ll need to make at either outpost of this red meat mecca is rare, medium or (gasp!) well-done. A simple green salad and the house Beaujolais go perfectly with the steak and fries. Don’t ask what’s in the sauce; it’s obviously a secret. Expect long lines on the weekends, because, of course, they don’t take reservations.

  • Recommended Dishes:
    Steak Frites

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Mariages Freres
Tea Time

Mariages Freres:
13 Rue des Grands Augustins (St-Michel)
6th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-051-8250

30 Rue du Bourg-Tibourg (Hotel-de-Ville)
4th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-272-2811

260, rue du Fabourg-St-Honoré
8th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-622-1854

With over 300 different varieties of tea to choose from, both locations of this traditional French tea house will satisfy your curiosity to find out what caramel or chocolate tea taste like. If you would rather get your sweet sensation from the real thing, opt for the assortment of fresh pastries that change daily. Take home any of the teas you taste from their store, or take the smell of tea home with a tea candle.

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Angelina
Sweet Tooth

Angelina:
226, rue de Rivoli (Concorde/Tuileries)
1st arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-260-8200

This tourist trap on the Rue de Rivoli might be a tad over the top and a tad overpriced, but well worth the visit if only for the world-renowned hot chocolate. One sip, and you’ll realize why people come from far and wide for deliciously thick mugs of utter chocolate perfection that is rich enough to bring even the staunchest chocoholic to their knees. Avoid the weekend crowds and schedule an early morning visit, when both you and your waiter can delight in the pleasure that something this sweet can give.

  • Recommended Dishes:
    Hot Chocolate
    Pain au Chocola

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L’As du Fallafel
Cheap Lunch

L’As du Fallafel:
34 Rue des Rosiers
3rd arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-887-6360

After you work up an appetite visiting the Picasso Museum and cruising the streets of the Marais, make a beeline for this bumping falafel stand/restaurant. 4 Euros will buy you a falafel special to go, and for 2 euros more, you can upgrade to a table inside the cramped quarters.

  • Recommended Dishes:
    Falafel specia

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Bar de Theatres
Steak Tartare

Bar de Theatres 6:
av Montaigne (Alma-Marceau)
8th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-723-3463

French woman apparently don’t get fat by eating steak tartare for lunch. The secret is to split the monster-size portion of finely ground meat and to get half salad/half potatoes as a side. This may be the only splurge you can afford after window shopping on Rue de Montaigne, one of the most beautiful and expensive streets in Paris.

  • Recommended Dishes:
    Steak Tartar

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Coffee Parisian
American Breakfast

Coffee Parisian:
4 Rue Princesse (Odeon)
6th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-354-1818

When you’re craving some American bacon and eggs, secure a stool at the bar or squeeze into a table on top of your neighbor at this ‘50s style diner. There is nothing French about this place, except all the Sorbonne students and the indifferent service from your waitress.

  • Recommended Dishes:
    Pancakes
    Omelette with Hash Browns
    American Coffe

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La Grande Epicerie at Le Bon Marche
Grocery Store

La Grand Epicerie:
38, rue de Sevres (Sevres-Babylon)
7th arrondissement, Paris
phone: 014-439-8100

An international shopper’s delight, it is one of the only places that carries peanut butter in Paris. If your tastes are more Fleur de Sel than Skippy, you’ll have access to a world of products, as well as a bakery, butcher, patisserie, and wine store.

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  •    Published: June 2005
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