For my first visit to Paris I'll be with a group of students, and our dinners will be together. However, I'm free to escape for lunch. I'd love suggestions, particularly near our hotel, which is on Place Marguerite-de-Navarre. Also, I'll be hitting the major first-time tourist attractions, so lunch spots near them are welcome too. Thanks!
It would help to have your price range, but here are a few lunch suggestions. Line up at L'Atelier Joel Robuchon in the 7th arr. It is expensive, but mostly delicious. You can make a reservation for ll:30 am, but that's it. I usually go early or late and manage a seat.
Around the Eiffel Tower I would try to reserve at Le Florimond. A wonderful place, run by lovely people and with delicious food.
Don't miss the incredible Musee Jaquemart on Blvd. Hausmann. Take the free tour of this gorgous house and art collection and then take yourself to their cafe for tea. They have a web site.
In the same vein, the Musee d'Orsay has a beautiful dining room, where you are surrounded by wonderful art, and the food is quite good.
In the Saint Germaine area try to snag an outside table at Le Comptoir de Le Relais St. Germaine and taste the wonderful food of Yves C.
Failing that, go to Deux Magot or Cafe Flore for a tartine and coffee and watch Tout de Paris pass by your table.
If you can get to the flea market in Vanves on Saturday morning, make a lunch reservation at Le Cave l'Os a Moelle. You will need to take the metro. I am quite taken with the Vanves Market.
Let us know how your trip went.