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Where to eat in general area near Poissoniere (Paris)?

I'm staying 2 nights near Metro Poissoniere, which is accessible to the Gare du Nord and RER. I've been in France for a couple of weeks and am pooped. Now, I don't know this neighborhood which is near Haussman Gare d. N. and Pl. Pigalle.

The meal doesn't have to be a blow out as I am stuffed to the gills, still I want a very good, Parisian meal.
Night # 1 is with a friend, but I will be dining alone the next (Sat.) night and would like a place that I would feel comfortable and not walk alone in a sketchy neighborhood. Thanks!

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  1. You really don't know the neighborhood !
    "I don't know this neighborhood which is near Haussman Gare d. N. and Pl. Pigalle."
    Metro Poissonnière is not anywhere near Pl Pigalle. Well, it is somewhat nearer Gare du Nord than Versailles mais bon...
    Several good eateries come to mind: Table 28 (28 Rue de La Tour d'Auvergne, 75009 Paris, France‎ - 06 42 87 79 64‎), and also Carte Blanche (6 Rue Lamartine, 75009 Paris, France‎ - 01 48 78 12 20‎). Pétrelle on rue Pétrelle. And people say good things about Les Fils à Maman on 7 Bis Rue Geoffroy Marie, but I haven't been.

    1. La Grille is open until the 21st (then changes hands). Le Pré Cadet, rue Saulnier, is pretty good. I second Pétrelle. Chez Jean is also not far, as is Casa Olympe. I have not yet checked whether Wally le Saharien was still there. If it is, it's the most interesting couscous in town. Chez Michel is not as good as it used to be.

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      1. re: souphie

        "La Grille is open until the 21st (then changes hands)"

        Sad, but not unexpected. Any news on who is taking over, and will the current owners be affiliated with the place in any way?

        Thanks,

        Robert

        1. re: rswatkins

          We'll find out in January -- apparently there are new owners but no plan to fundamentally change the place.

      2. Would a woman feel comfortable dining alone in any of these restaurants? Petrelle looks particularly interesting, though their website does not reveal a menu.

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        1. re: tarte tatin

          "Would a woman feel comfortable dining alone in any of these restaurants? Petrelle looks particularly interesting, though their website does not reveal a menu." Yes at Petrelle, it is nice and like someone's ancient living room.

          I have been to Fils a Maman and do not have nice things to say about it and Wally was open when I went to Table 28 a few days ago. Caution: Wally, coming from the Sahara (think desert) serves dry couscous which is not for everyone but his mechoui is. La Grille is good for their grilled turbot, pray that their Visa machine works, tho'.

          John Talbott
          http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

          1. re: tarte tatin

            <Would a woman feel comfortable dining alone in any of these restaurants?>

            I have never felt uncomfortable dining alone in any restaurant in France, so I really can't tell you what you want to know. Do you regularly feel uncomfortable dining alone?

            1. re: ChefJune

              You may want to call my psychiatrist and you two can figure it out.

              1. re: ChefJune

                Parigi, insulting responses only put you in a bad light and are not in the spirit of the board. Be nice.
                We ate at Chez Jean, showing up at 10 for an 8pm rez (we got caught in the ice/snow "storm" coming in from Sancerre). Jean was a total delight. We ordered wine by the glass, which he topping off, and sent over a free dessert. Even w/o his generosity, the food is excellent, especially the foie gras. Elegant decor, excellent service.

                1. re: tarte tatin

                  I'm happy that despite the inauspicious start you had such a fine evening at Chez Jean. Here are the details: http://www.restaurantjean.fr/

                  1. re: tarte tatin

                    "insulting responses only put you in a bad light"
                    In my reply to the OP I gave straightforward recommendations of the restaurants I liked in the neighborhood. When I said "You really don't know the neighborhood !", I was a paraphrasing the OP's own "I don't know this neighborhood which is near Haussman Gare d. N. and Pl. Pigalle." It was therefore not an insulting response, even if the OP meant to insult self.

                    "Be nice."
                    I was being nice. Tarte tatin, don't be oversensitve when we are sharing our recs with you, which you had requested, remember?

              2. "Would a woman feel comfortable dining alone in any of these restaurants? "

                I am reminded of our first meal at Spring. We somehow became completely turned around when we came out of the Cadet metro and headed due south rather than "turning right at MacDonald's". We made several circumnavigations of the neighborhood, and I (speaking marginally better French than my husband) finally walked into an all male bar on the corner south of rue La Tour d'Auvergne. I told them, in poor French that I was hopelessly lost, and the bartender patted my hand and told me in French that, no, madam, you are not lost. You are with us.
                I have no doubt that I, alone, could have had a lovely, simple meal there and been completely comfortable with these sympathetic "gentlemen".

                1. This is not a restaurant, but you are close to a wonderful confiserie. A short walk from your métro stop up to 68, rue Chabrol is le Furet Tanrade. Their berry jams are superb. I also love their "Sous le Soleil," which is three citrus fruits plus lavender. I always buy some of their jams to bring home with me. The one problem might be that they could be sold out by this time of year. They were already out of raspberry when I went there in October.