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Paris restaurants for June trip

ersnyc May 26, 2010 06:49 AM

We are a New York City family with two older teenagers heading to Paris in mid-June. Three of us are adventurous foodies, but our daughter has a more limited palate (no fish/seafood, no pork, lamb, charcuterie, organ meats, pate, escargots, etc etc). I'm looking for recommendations for restaurants that have a wider menu selection than the typical bistro, and where they would be willing to adapt dishes or make substitutions with ease. Otherwise I think she'll be stuck with steak frites every night. Meanwhile, the rest of us want to enjoy at least some of what Paris dining is known for! Budget is not a problem, but we prefer a relaxed ambiance (no jacket requirements for the guys, no 3-hour extravaganzas after a long day of touring). Ideas?

  1. mangeur May 26, 2010 06:59 AM

    You shouldn't have as much trouble as you anticipate. We once travelled with a man who would eat nothing that had ever had a face. We inquired when booking if he could be accommodated, were never discouraged from booking, and on arrival asked the waiter to suggest relevant dishes. And remember that beef is served in many forms other than steak (such as daubes and stews) and chicken is ubiquitous.

    1. John Talbott May 26, 2010 01:32 PM

      I started off thinking of places I take such teenagers to such as soufflee and crepes ones but the more I think about it, the issue is to find places with pretty big menus (in the American sense) so there are lots of choices. A place Le Fooding reviewed yesterday, l'Alcove, for instance, has an incredibly comprehensive list of meat options (the guy ran it as a "classy butcher-shop" before http://www.lefooding.com/actualite-36..., Caius has a lot of meat options, and almost all the starred Palace hotel restos have to have a range of stuff that appeals to folks from all over. I know you want to do your homework before (and complement you on it) and not spend days scoping menus in windows, but I guess that's what I'd do.

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