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debggreenberg May 19, 2010 03:57 AM

i would love suggestions for 3 dinners in paris. we arrive saturday may 29, and leave on tues june 1. would love to avoid the real touristy places. looking for great food, lively ambiance, and our budget is roughly 100 euro per person per dinner. will we have trouble getting reservations? thanks for the help.

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    Theresa May 19, 2010 05:48 AM

    Have you searched this board yet? There are many, many threads on this, and it would help if you were to do some preliminary work and narrow this down a bit.

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      Quimbombo May 19, 2010 06:04 AM

      Here you go deb: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/342838

      The posts in that link maybe a bit outdated. If you want to research further use google, as the search engine here is a bit confusing.

      For example google: "the best restaurants in paris chowhound."

      You can start your research from there.

      Enjoy yoru trip.

      1. menton1 May 19, 2010 09:22 AM

        Saturday night can sometimes be booked, try to reserve as soon as possible. Sunday & Monday are a different problem, many restaurants are closed.

        With your budget you should have a plethora of places to choose from... try Alexander Lobrano's blog for ideas:


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          debggreenberg May 19, 2010 12:52 PM

          i have done tons of research. actually, i gave our hotel a list of choices. les papilles, ze kitchen galerie, le cinq, market, table de joel robuchon and frenchie. i got reservations for market, table de jr and zkg. are these too similar. should i try for others. i was also able to get le marcab. any opinions? we are staying in the 6th, though we are walkers and very adventurous.

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          1. re: debggreenberg
            ChefJune May 19, 2010 02:07 PM

            I wouldn't miss lunch at Le Cinq, if I were you. and since it's a hotel restaurant, it's open on Sunday.

            only problem with lists to hotels is sometimes the concierge has "favorites" so you are getting their choices. Just a thought.

            1. re: debggreenberg
              John Talbott May 19, 2010 06:01 PM

              My preferences from among the choices:
              Ze kitchen galerie or KGB - similar enuf
              Les papilles
              Le Marcab

              But nothing above is "romantic":
              Think: Grande Cascade, maybe Le Cinq, Taillevent?

              John Talbott's Paris

              1. re: John Talbott
                debggreenberg May 20, 2010 05:14 AM

                thanks for the advice. actually, romance is within us. we don't need the decor. just love the food and entire experience. i have confirmed reservations at ze kitchen galerie, les papilles and le marcab. just waiting for reply from frenchie. so excited. now another question: i want to spend some time in the markets. which markets have more than just food. specifically, i am looking for tablecloths and napkins.

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                  John Talbott May 20, 2010 07:04 PM

                  Well, there is a place one will either love or hate called Merci, 111 Blvd Beaumarchais in the 3rd,, closed Sundays which houses two eating opportunities as well that is very very cool and perhaps a bit precious but it 1. has neat table stuff and 2. benefits the underfolk.

                  John Talbott's Paris has some pix

                  1. re: John Talbott
                    souphie May 21, 2010 04:38 AM

                    Not to mention, the books! Merci is a great place to hang out. But I don't see how that responds to the market question?

                    Most markets have tablecloth and napkins. One example is my local one bd Blanqui, tue, fri and sun.

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                      John Talbott May 21, 2010 05:40 AM

                      "I don't see how that responds to the market question?
                      Most markets have tablecloth and napkins"

                      I just thought that the downstairs area where the sort-of-resto is had some cool table stuff.

            2. menton1 May 21, 2010 07:55 AM

              I don't know what quartier you are staying in, but a fave of ours is worldwide brand Yves Delorme, in France there are a lot more varieties available than elsewhere. Galeries Lafayette, Printemps have good selections of "linge de table".

              Another great store for these items is Descamps, with about 6 stores all over Paris. For unique, artisinal table items, Valombreuse is fabulous. (8th arr.)

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                dennis855 May 21, 2010 08:09 AM

                In the 6th Diner en Ville is another tableware resource.

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                  debggreenberg Jun 3, 2010 01:40 AM

                  thanks for all the suggestions and help with my requests. we just returned and i thought i would give my 2 cents about the restaurants we visited. les papilles was fabulous. food exceptional, atmosphere lively and fun. great experience overall. would definitely return. le marcab was very disappointing. the place was a bore. food was not good. ze kitchen galerie was very good. i loved the location. the atmosphere was lively and fresh. the service great and the food was inventive and delicious. i would also return. a little pricy, though. 350 euros for dinner with bottle of wine. hope this helps future visitors.

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                    schtroumpfette Jun 3, 2010 06:27 AM

                    Wow, 350e at ZKG? Thank you for that info, Deb. Was that for 2 people? When folks said dinner there was steep I honestly didn't think it was THAT bad. As for le Marcab, was the service at least something worth mentioning?

                    1. re: schtroumpfette
                      debggreenberg Jun 6, 2010 04:45 AM

                      not really. very ordinary. and yes,the 350e was for two at zkg.

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