I'm in Paris for five nights in early December, alone, and am looking for places that are
1. intrinsically french
2. avec bar or something like that so i won't feel quite so wierd dining alone.
3. are an experience of some kind
4. are moderately priced, meaning I can eat, with 2 glasses of wine, for 75$US.
I have made a reservation at dans le noir, just because it sounded so interesting. Anyone have a take on it?
I speak enough French to get away at a non English speaking place. I'm staying at Prince de Galles, but location of restaurant not so important. suggestions?
I ate lunch and dinner alone often during a week in Paris last month; I speak very little French and I was never made to feel the least bit uncomfortable or ostracized. I did not seek out "English-speaking" places although often the servers did speak at least some English if I had questions. I had lots of good meals but if you want an experience, here are two, both very different from each other but both with wonderful food, within your budget:
Ze Kitchen Galerie
One thing I would urge you to do is to reserve in advance rather than just walking in; even if you call the same day (although for Ze Kitchen you need to give more notice).
Chez Denise is near Les Halles. It is your quintessential French bistro with red-checked tablecloths and hearty food. They are famous for their meat but I had some of the best fish of my trip there..skate with capers and butter; it was a special on the blackboard. There was a long and informative posting on it here recently so do a search....in the last month or so I think.
Ze Kitchen is cutting edge food in a slick atmosphere. Service was not the warmest but the food was out of this world....you need to reserve a few days in advance for dinner, I think.
Remember, I speak almost no French although I can read a menu. I never felt odd or out of place. I also had a great meal at Atelier JR but that was 110 for tasting menu before wine. since it is counter seating it is a natural for singles...you could splurge there. Again, reserve.
For the big night, JR is perfect. You can only reserve for the first seating but it might be more fun to go later and wait on line with a more local crowd; at the first seatiing at 6:30 it was all tourists from various countries. Also for the first seating, they make you wait in the street past the reservation time which I did not like. But the food more than made up for it. Wines are on the high side so go easy there.
Le Gavroche is a must for you. You'd also be treated like family at La Poule au Pot, especially in the late night, wee hours.
thanks for your suggestions. i have five nights, and i've decided on four, and will leave one open for what mood hits me. thank you SO much!