In Paris for 5 Days.
I'm going to be in Paris for 5 days next week on vacation, and tho I'm familiar with french food, having gone to culinary school and having cooked in NYC, I'm completely unfamiliar with the city of Paris.
Where are the places you tell people to go when visiting? My travel companion and I are pretty open-minded eaters (though not a fan of offal), and though we may do one dinner as a splurge, we're just looking for those solid, satisfying ,great value for the money, meals for lunch and dinner (and will gladly take recs for a cafe's for morning coffee as well). There's a couple of dishes I want to have - a great cassoulet, a real steak au poivre, a coq au vin, but am open to just about anything.
Thanks in advance!
I'm looking forward to returning to Paris right after Thanksgiving and the two places I definitely want to revisit are Chez Denise (also known as La Tour de Montlhery) and Moissonier. The former because of the great atmosphere, in addition to, of course, enormous portions of rustic cuisine, and the latter specifically for the quenelles de brochet - a huge, ethereal cloud of a fish dumpling in a pond of sauce nantua. I'm pretty sure you'll find a lot of write-ups about Chez Denise on this site, but not sure about Moissonier. Both are well-priced, neither is a splurge. Oooh, now I really can't wait!
La Tour de Montlhery (Chez Denise)
5, rue des Prouvaires
28, rue des Fosses St-Bernard
Although I have been to a number of places that I would recommend, the resident expert in this forum is Souphie, with good input from some others, including PhilD and Delucacheesemonger. Some of the common suggestions, some of which I personally can attest to as well, include Chez l'ami Jean (I love it), Christophe, Le Chateaubriand, Josephine chez dumonet, La Regalade, L'Auberge Bressane (the last I find to be OK only). I find that other good spots that won't break the bank include the Christian Constant restaurants (le violon d'Ingres, Cafe Constant, etc.), L'Angle du Faubourg, Les Bouquinistes.
The Guy Savoy 100 Euro internet lunch special is great (just e-mail them and ask for the internet special).
For one splurge, Souphie typically recommends L'Arpege and L'Ambroisie among the 3 stars and Le Cinq among the 2 stars. I have been to all three, although not as often as she has, and I can attest to the fact that they are all out of this world. I also like Guy Savoy for dinner and L'Astrance for the (relatively) least expensive of the 3 stars.