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Apr 5, 2010 10:44 AM

Large Group Dinner in Paris, July

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. 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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    1. re: souphie

      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...

      1. re: aromano

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

        1. re: aromano

          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. 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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      1. re: John Talbott

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

        1. re: John Talbott

          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!

          1. re: aromano

            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?

        2. 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.