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Large Group Dinner in Paris, July

aromano Apr 5, 2010 10:44 AM

Hi all:

I'm getting married in Paris in July and need somewhere to take everyone--i.e., about 35 people--for good food and drink after the ceremony. Obviously with that many guests we'll need to occupy an entire section or room of a restaurant, if not whole place. I'm imagining bistro fare--something typically Parisian, not too formal--but am certainly willing to expand my horizons if necessary. Reasonably priced is always better than exorbitantly expensive.

Any suggestions? I know plenty of places here in New York that would work, but in Paris I'm lost. I leave it to the experts.

Thanks so much,

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  1. souphie RE: aromano Apr 5, 2010 11:15 AM

    When in July? After Bastille day (14th), it will be hard to find a traditional bistrot open. And what's reasonably priced? I would propose to privatize Joséphine, if you can.

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      aromano RE: souphie Apr 5, 2010 11:46 AM

      Yes, after July 14th, unfortunately. The 24th to be precise. Reasonably priced would seem to me to be less than 100 Euros per person, including wine, but I don't have a great sense of what's out there. Doesn't have to be a bistrot. Any ideas are welcome. I saw some promising places on an earlier thread: Maceo, Le 122, La Mediteranee, Bouillon Racine...

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        aromano RE: aromano Apr 6, 2010 07:32 AM

        Any sense of how these compare in terms of food and atmosphere? Are there any restaurants I should add to the list? Thanks again!

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          ChefJune RE: aromano Apr 7, 2010 06:23 AM

          Maceo in the 1er has a lovely atmosphere, delicious food, and a couple of elegant and appropriate private rooms that might work well for you. Prices are very reasonable, as well.

    2. John Talbott RE: aromano Apr 8, 2010 01:37 AM

      Haven't we gone over this ground before?
      Have you searched?
      "35" leaves Les Papilles basement out
      "Bistro fare" leaves places like Grand Cascade out
      I'll think

      John Talbott's Paris

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        souphie RE: John Talbott Apr 8, 2010 04:29 AM

        And saturday night leaves most traditional bistrots out. Not to mention late July.

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          aromano RE: John Talbott Apr 8, 2010 06:46 AM

          John, I'd be happy to consider something other than bistro fare, especially as the dinner is taking place in late July. I searched the boards and listed the most promising options above; Maceo sounds especially nice. Just wondering if I'm missing something, or, if not, how the aforementioned restaurants compare. Thanks for thinking it over!

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            John Talbott RE: aromano Apr 9, 2010 01:48 PM

            OK, ar, but I'm in transit so I'll work on it Monday if lucky. But I'm big into weddings/marriage/celebrating them/etc.
            "There will be an answer, let it be" - Beatles 1970, non?

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          henri cat RE: aromano Apr 8, 2010 09:57 AM

          I agree about Maceo. The food is good, and they can accommodate a private group. Also, a couple of years ago I attended an anniversary party for about 40 people at the Closerie des Lilas. They provided a set menu for us, although we were in the main part of one of their dining rooms w/other people. It was elegant and the food was v. good. No idea of the cost.

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