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bistro in Abbesses

any bistro that's more than decent, in your opinion? could be any arrondisement

Aug 27, 2011
micheline1 in France

bistro in Abbesses

sorry about that. Yes, I meant Chez Denise. and Chez Paul in the Bastille area.

Aug 27, 2011
micheline1 in France

bistro in Abbesses

First time in Paris for friends of mine. Foodies. They're renting an apartment on Rue Lepic in the Abbesses area during the 1st week of September.

Any suggestions for good bistros or cafes with good food for lunch & dinner that are not upscale?

Also, thoughts on Chez Paul and Chez Denis?

Thanks.

Aug 27, 2011
micheline1 in France

70th Birthday Celebration Dinner in Paris

thanks so much, Souphie. As you describe it, Rostang actually sounds like what they're looking for-- they're an intimate circle of friends who are wine connoisseurs and foodies. although there may not be surprises it seems, from what you say, it will be delicious.

May 11, 2010
micheline1 in France

70th Birthday Celebration Dinner in Paris

Ok. So, for days now I've been reading Chow and Frommers and Zagat and Trip Advisor. I am MUCH more well versed than when I originally posted.
I've been going through the restaurant sites with my friend and his wife and they've, thus far, opted for Michel Rostang. Decided upon because of food, ambiance, accommodating a party of 12, open Saturday night, etc. What are your thoughts? and Souphie (or any others) I would value your opinion too.

On the Friday night before the birthday night, they wanted something much more casual and fun-- how about Chez Denise?

May 11, 2010
micheline1 in France

70th Birthday Celebration Dinner in Paris

Under normal circumstances, or if we were staying in Paris for a longer period of time, you would be absolutely correct. Unfortunately, with just 3 or 4 nights in Paris, we will want to hear, eat, smell and see Parisian. We've had American chef meals prepared for us here in New York, some in our own homes. thanks anyway.

Apr 21, 2010
micheline1 in France

70th Birthday Celebration Dinner in Paris

isn't Hidden Kitchen run by 2 Americans? not sure we would want to do that--

Apr 20, 2010
micheline1 in France

70th Birthday Celebration Dinner in Paris

or le violon d'ingres?

Apr 20, 2010
micheline1 in France

70th Birthday Celebration Dinner in Paris

so is Drouant delicious?

Apr 20, 2010
micheline1 in France

70th Birthday Celebration Dinner in Paris

and what about Drouant? I have a feeling the budget may have to go to 100E/person--which i'm sure he'll do.

Apr 20, 2010
micheline1 in France

70th Birthday Celebration Dinner in Paris

you didn't comment about Le Comptoir du Relais? is the food really good at Terminus Nord?

Apr 20, 2010
micheline1 in France

70th Birthday Celebration Dinner in Paris

thanks, John. No, I'm not dead set on staying in the main room. Terminus Nord's room sounds great. I'll check out the websites of all of your suggestions.

I, too, thought of renting out a whole place-- but didn't know where-- it would be nice if it were a real belle epoque style, small bistro a la Paul Bert (but, not there. I went there for lunch the last time in Paris on my search for a bistro and i was very disappointed.)

Apr 19, 2010
micheline1 in France

70th Birthday Celebration Dinner in Paris

My friend is going to be 70 in October and is happily inviting about 12 of his friends to come to Paris for a few days (don't get too excited, we pay our way there--which is still pretty great). I have volunteered to help find a terrific restaurant for the 12 of us (who range in age from 50-65) to have dinner on a Saturday night this October.

I have been researching for several days and have found this Chowhound to be very informative. I know there might be an issue with the number of people and perhaps a private room might be the only solution, but I hope not. Half the fun of eating at a restaurant is the ambiance!

All of us are experienced foodies. I know he would like a more traditional, brasserie/bistro atmosphere (rather than a haute/minimalist look). Any suggestions at combining great food and old school atmosphere? Budget can go up to about $80-$90 per person.

I was thinking about Comptoir Du Relais (assuming I can get a reservation), but I'm not crazy about the take it or leave it menu? Any thoughts?

By the way, I've been to Paris many times, (my niece lives in the 18th) so I'm a somewhat familiar with the arrondissements.

thanks very much.

Apr 19, 2010
micheline1 in France