Paris Bistros with Great Wine Lists?, May Seasonal Items, and Austerlitz area
Excited to spend 4 nights in Paris in the middle of May and have been pouring over the many posts on the topic on this board. Thank you to all of you in France for sharing your obvious wealth of knowledge – I am truly humbled by the amount of information you provide, and the time you must spend sharing it with the rest of us.
It occurred to me as I was making plans, that this could possibly be (god forbid) my only trip to Paris. So for a short time I considered a 3*** experience or two. Truth be told, my preference is for simple bistro food, and a more casual environment.
While the Bistro question seems to have been covered many times over, I have some particular interest in wine, and am hoping to get some insight on which places suit me best. Based upon what I’ve read on this board, places like L’Ami Jean, Astier, Le Cave Beavau, Chez Genouille, Café Constant, maybe Rech fit the bill for food, but haven’t been able to glean much info on the wine lists
So, with that said can you share any insight on bistros where the food swings in the rustic direction, with excellent wine lists (burgundy in particular). We are staying in the 6th, and keeping fairly local is a plus, but not a must.
Additionally, given that we will be there in the middle of May, are there any particular seasonal items to be on the lookout for?
And lastly, will be taking a train south from Austerlitz station – any rec’s on places in the area for a quick lunch, or perhaps pic-nic supplies for the ride?
Getting great Bourgognes is difficult and expensive. It's basically contradictory with the very idea of bistrot, more so than Bordeaux are. None of the places you mention has a great list of Bourgogne, Astier being the best of the bunch in that regard (not food wise, mind you).
Willy's Wine Bar, Maceo and Le Villaret seem to me to be your best bets for bistrots with great Bourgognes. I don't believe Ma Bourgogne to be worth it, nor le Bistrot du Sommelier. L'Angle du Faubourg is also a great place that will have great wines, esp. Bourgogne, but it's hardly a bistrot like you describe.
Two more: Petrissans, av. Niel, is an obvious response. It's actually the textbook response to your initial query, and I should have thought about it first. Then La Rotisserie du Beaujolais, the bistrot of La Tour d'Argent, has some Tour d'Argent wines, but I wouldn't call their wine list great because there is not much choice.
Two fancy Chinese restaurants are known for extraordinary wine lists, mind you: Tang on rue de la Tour and Tanh Dinh on rue de Verneuil.
Where will you be on the 6th? It covers a large area.
Depending on where you are, you should be within walking distance to Les Papilles, which is the kind of bistro with good food and very good wine and nice bistro atmosphere that you are looking for. L'Ami Jean has even better food and has interesting Basque region (Irouléguy) wines.
The areas around train stations are usually slim pickings for food options.
Why don't you shop for your on-train picnic in the rue de Buci market or the Maubert market - it is better than the Buci market in terms of range and price and quality but may or may not be near you - before you board. We often do that.
You can get mineral water on the train instead of lugging it, even though it means paying a little more. Why schlep with all the luggage plus gallons of water?
For wine it is better to get from a good neighborhood caviste instead of buying on train.
Lastly don't say it's your last trip to Paris ! You'll be back, mais si mais si.