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Best places for small dinner after a big lunch?

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Hi all,

After considering suggestions from this board, we're rearranging our itinerary to eat small dinners on the two nights where we are having starred lunches (Pierre Gagnaire and Taillevent). Any suggestions of good French cafes/bistros/brasseries that do not need reservations? I don't want to just wander into a tourist trap or less than good place without knowing a bit about it.

Thanks!

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  1. There are many so it would be helpful to start with the location. Also bistrots are not necessarily light, especially the bistronomiques with a menu-carte where you have no option but the three courses menu. You can check the map of Parisian bistrots on www.bottingourmand.com to find good bistrots close to you.

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    1. re: souphie

      We are pretty open with the location. The 6th, 7th, southern 8th, Ile de la Cite/Ile St Louis, Marais would be great. We don't know where we'll be on these nights but want to remain open.