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Is Au Bon Saint Pourcain closed?

Thank you very much! These places all look delightful. We are planning to eat on the earlier side (around 7:30/8pm) because (1) we will be coming off the red-eye from NYC and (2) we would like to catch some of the France v. Switzerland game which starts at 9pm.

Are any of these places better suited for that dinner time? We don't want to be the first/only people in a restaurant if possible...

Also, if you can suggest a fun place to watch the game that is also in the area, that would be much appreciated!

Jun 17, 2014
sam920 in France

Is Au Bon Saint Pourcain closed?

No, I wasn't. I asked my hotel to make me a reservation too but haven't heard back.

Can anyone recommend another great spot in St. Germain for Friday night? I heard that this place has delicious "French countrystyle cooking" including amazing escargot so I'm kind of in the mood for that...

Jun 17, 2014
sam920 in France

Is Au Bon Saint Pourcain closed?

Have you confirmed whether this restaurant is indeed closed right now? We were hoping to eat there this weekend!

Jun 17, 2014
sam920 in France

Anniversary trip to Paris incl. wedding present dinner for friends

350/400 euros for our party of 4

Apr 28, 2010
sam920 in France

Anniversary trip to Paris incl. wedding present dinner for friends

Really? That's not good! The last 3 places on the list came from someone I know who used to live in Paris, but all the others were gathered from various Chow posts...

Do you have a recommendation for that fun dinner for our friends' wedding present? I think our budget is actually higher..probably closer to 350/400 euros. Thanks!

Apr 27, 2010
sam920 in France

Anniversary trip to Paris incl. wedding present dinner for friends

Thanks so much to everyone for all of the helpful posts. I know people ask this all the time, but I'd love your help in narrowing down my list for my upcoming trip to Paris. My husband and I are going for our 2nd anniversary at the end of May. We live in NYC and looooove to eat, so you can imagine how excited we are for this trip (especially since it will be my husband's first time in Paris). We will be there for 7 lunches and dinners and would like to have a good mix of upscale and casual meals.

This is what my list looks like so far:

Chez L’Ami Jean
Josephine-Chez Dumonet
Frenchie
Jules Verne for lunch
Georges in the Centre Pompidou – is this worth going for brunch/lunch or just drinks?
L’Hotel
Astier
Le Dome du Marais
La Souffle
Chez Grenouille
Le Vingt de Bellechasse
Le Voltaire
Le Poule au Pot

Are there any glaring omissions that come to mind immediately? I'd also love to do a picnic lunch one day in the Place des Vosges, so I'd really appreciate recommendations for any good markets or prepared food shops nearby.

Lastly, we have friends from London who will be meeting us for the weekend. We owe them a wedding present so would like to treat them to a special dinner. They're very close friends who we don't get to see often enough, and the 4 of us can get pretty boisterous when we're together so we definitely don't want to go anywhere that's too stuffy or formal with them. Do you have a suggestion either from the list above or anywhere else that would be good/fun for this occasion? We would be willing to spend up to ~250 euros including drinks (of which there will likely be many!) for this dinner.

Thanks very much in advance!

Apr 26, 2010
sam920 in France

Anniversary Dinner - Please help me decide!

My husband and I are celebrating our first anniversary and can't decide which top NYC restaurant to go to. We're thinking either Le Bernardin, Daniel, Corton or Scarpetta (we haven't been to any of these places before). We're adventurous eaters and just want to make sure we go to a place with a nice, romantic ambiance and great service. Which place do you think will give us the most special, memorable meal/evening?

May 27, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Please help me impress my boss!

Thanks! I actually tried Minetta and they're all booked up, unfortunately. I've been to Morandi and was hoping to try somewhere new, but that's definitely a good idea. Thanks again!

Apr 21, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Please help me impress my boss!

I didn't think Bagatelle's food was very memorable either, but it's the type of ambiance that I'm looking for. I'll look into your suggestions, thanks.

The dinner is this Thursday.

Apr 21, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Please help me impress my boss!

My boss is coming in from LA and has asked me to plan dinner for 6 colleagues. The meal will be on the company's tab, so it should be nice but not outrageous (darn recession). I'm thinking $25-$40 entrees. He's a single guy in his early 40s and likes trendy places, but I don't want the place to be so loud that we can't hear ourselves think and definitely need to be able make a reservation. I'm dying to go to Scarpetta and currently have a 9:30 reservation, but he specifically requested 8:30 or 9 so, unfortunately, I think that will be too late. Would prefer to stay downtown but could go as far north as about 57th St.

Places he has been before and liked include: Bagatelle, Spotted Pig, Employees Only, Macau Trading Co, Dylan Prime, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Pastis.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Apr 21, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Tapas restuarant with Private Room

I also went to a new years party at Sala on Bowery (Brooke - maybe we were at the same one!). It's worth looking into, but I'd highly recommend Alta and have done private parties for your exact size there. I think Tia Pol's private room might be too small...

Apr 21, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

15-20 folks for dinner, drinks

I was just at L'Artusi last week and they have a lovely semi-private room upstairs that would be perfect for a group your size. The food won't blow you away, but it's very good and quite reasonably priced.

Apr 21, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

NYC summer dining

I highly recommend Little Branch for drinks. It's a great vibe down there, and they have something called the "bartender's choice" where you tell your waitress what your general taste is and the bartender whips up something totally unique for you.

Apr 21, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Restaurants and Bars with Matchbooks

I collect them too! Extra Virgin, Crispo, DB Bistro Moderne, Angelo of Mulberry...

Apr 06, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Girls Lunch near Bliss Spa 49th Street

Proximity to Bliss is key, and we're looking for somewhere casual that isn't too loud. We'll be relaxed from our massages and want to be able to chat without shouting. In terms of cuisine, ideally "New American" or somewhere with small plates so we can try and share lots of things. I called Fig and Olive (thanks for that suggestion, Mellie Mac!) and it's a good backup but they're doing a $40 set menu since it's Easter so I'd like to explore other options before committing to that.

To give you a better idea of my taste, my favorite spots to go for weekend brunch/lunch are Five Points, Jane, Extra Virgin and Blue Ribbon Bakery. I don't spend much time in midtown so I really don't know of any comparable spots in that neighborhood. Hoping not to spend more than $40 per person. Good bloody mary's are an added plus, but not required.

Apr 06, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Girls Lunch near Bliss Spa 49th Street

A couple of my girlfriends are taking our soon-to-be-wed friend to Bliss Spa on 49th & Lexington this Sunday. Any suggestions for a good post-massage lunch/brunch place nearby? We definitely want to make a reservation b/c the bride has a plane to catch in the late afternoon and we would like to avoid places with special Easter Sunday set menus. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Apr 06, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Bachelorette Party Dinner in Gramercy Park Area

Just want to reiterate that I think Buddakan is the *definitely* right choice in terms of food, atmosphere and even time as long as the group isn't too concerned about $$$. As kim e said, it's definitely in a different league than the other places you're considering. You'll be walking distance from Hogs & Heifers, and you wouldn't want to get there too early anyway. Honestly, I'm pretty surprised you were able to get a 9:30 reservation for 20 people on such short notice. Don't be worried - you lucked out!

Apr 02, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Bachelorette Party Dinner in Gramercy Park Area

You should try Highline in the Meatpacking District. Fun atmosphere for a bachelorette party. They even have a lounge downstairs if you wanted to grab a few post-dinner drinks before walking over to Hogs and Heifers...

Mar 30, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

In Search of Small Plates/Tapas to share

Alta on W. 10th b/w 5th & 6th has exactly what you're looking for!

Mar 27, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Anniversary meals

I second the tapas recommendations for Tia Pol, Alta and Casa Mono. They're all consistently delicious. Tia Pol doesn't take reservations but they're rarely busy at lunch time so that could be a nice option for you. Definitely order the ham croquettes and the crispy squid po'boy if you go there!

I also second the Chinese recommendation for Peking Duck House. Chinatown Brasserie and Shang are very good too if you would prefer somewhere on the trendier side. Shang's menu is definitely creative and a bit unusual so, while it's delicious, I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for more traditional Chinese fare.

In terms of Italian, I think you and your wife would really like Bellavitae in the West Village. I'm also a fan of dell'anima and Crispo.

I'm more of a brunch eater than breakfast, but if you're willing to eat a little later in the morning, Five Points is really delicious. I also love City Bakery and they open early. It's a cafeteria-style buffet and they also have great pastries (try the pretzel croissant!).

It looks like you've gotten plenty of recs for pizza, and I'm not really sure about mussels...maybe Pastis? or Markt?

Hope that helps. Happy Anniversary!

Mar 26, 2009
sam920 in Manhattan

Any Philadelphia Eagles Bars in New Orleans?

Andy - you beat me to this post! I'm also a big Eagles fan and will be in New Orleans for the weekend with a bachelorette party. A bunch of us will definitely be watching the game, so maybe we'll see you at one of these bars.

Jan 14, 2009
sam920 in New Orleans

Commander's Palace Brunch

I'm coming to NO next month for the first time for a bachelorette party (thanks for everyone who helped with our previous posts). Can someone please weigh in on Commander's Palace for brunch on Sunday? I've heard great things, but the prices on their website are making me a little wary. Is it worth it? Do they let diners share or does everyone need to order their own appetizer/entree/dessert? Seems like a ton of food, especially for the morning after our planned Bourbon Street bar crawl...

Dec 16, 2008
sam920 in New Orleans

Bachelorette Party - MLK weekend

We definitely will, thanks! Can someone please weigh in on Commander's Palace for brunch on Sunday? We've heard great things, but the prices on their website are making me a little wary. Is it worth it? Do they let diners share or does everyone need to order their own appetizer/entree/dessert? Seems like a ton of food, especially for the morning after our planned Bourbon Street bar crawl...

Dec 12, 2008
sam920 in New Orleans

Bachelorette Party - MLK weekend

I'm part of the same bachelorette as Jessup...getting very excited for my first trip to NO! If we go to Jacques-Imo's on Friday night, will Galatoire's food be too similar for Saturday night? We definitely want to eat in or around the French Quarter on Saturday...

Dec 11, 2008
sam920 in New Orleans