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

KalinkaNYC May 7, 2008 01:43 PM

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!

  1. ChefJune May 8, 2008 10:12 AM

    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.

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      m3timz May 7, 2008 03:44 PM

      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
        Oakglen May 8, 2008 11:23 AM

        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.

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