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Anyone been to Cristal Room? Suggestions for 40th bday dinner

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Will be in Paris in June for the first time! Our last night in Paris is also my 40th bday so I want to go somewhere special for dinner (not $1000 at le Cinq or AJR). We like hipper places (but with good food) rather than someplace that is maybe for an older crowd. I was looking at Cristal Room but can't find any reviews. has anyone dined there? What are the prices like (for 2 people with wine). Thank you!

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  1. I have no personal experience there, but was also researching the Crystal Room for a special dinner and found this on the Travel+Leisure site:

    Cristal Room Baccarat
    Most restaurants attached to brand names are worth avoiding for the homogeneity they inevitably deliver. The Cristal Room Baccarat is the sumptuously appointed exception to this rule: the Empire-chic interior is the work of Philippe Starck (the raw brick-and-gilt walls are not to be overlooked); chef Thierry Burlot changes his refined Gallic menu on a monthly basis; and at dinner the room is suffused with the exquisite glow cast by candelabra and, of course, Baccarat chandeliers. T+L TIP Step into the 10-seat, terraced private dining room to view the first black-crystal chandelier Baccarat ever created.

    hope that helps.

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    1. re: m3timz

      Here's what Pudlo says, "Close-set tables, lost waiters and absurd checks". The chef's other place is rated higher, for about 1/3 the price.

    2. I have never been there, but I'm going to guess that if you ask the hounds here for some great recs for a special birthday, you won't be disappointed.

      That T&L writeup did not sound like a place I would want to spend that kind of money.

      I have celebrated "special" birthday dinners at both Taillevent and Maceo, two very different places, and been truly feted and dined excellently.