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Aug 5, 2010 07:00 PM

New Year's Eve in Paris 2010

I would appreciate some suggestions for New Year's Eve this year in Paris. For the last three years we've gone to the same restaurant. This year, we would like a change. The four of us have apartments in the 2nd and would prefer to walk that evening. What do you think?

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  1. what restaurant do you usually go to, just to give us an idea of what you're looking for?

    1. I thought conventional wisdom was to stay home (or hotel room) and do a feast with good take out food (oysters, foie gras champagne, ...) ?

      and after that, if you are courageous, take a cheapo champagne (glass bottle probably not permitted these days) and go to the fireworks and celebrations on the Champs Élysées...


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      1. re: Maximilien

        "I thought conventional wisdom was to stay home (or hotel room) and do a feast with good take out food (oysters, foie gras champagne, ...) ? "


        1. re: Parigi

          Yup 2; don't even think of jossling with crowds on the C-E or braving the cherry bombs in the Bastille Metro.
          Oysters from the street, foie gras and fish eggs from Petrossian, cheese from Quatrehomme, bubbly from Lavinia, TV from 2 (Crazy Horse etc). At least that's what I'll be doing.

      2. Yes, if it were just up to me and my husband, we would do just that. However, our friends really would be disappointed not to go out. We've been to Au Chien Qui Fume, but it would be nice to do something else. I do cook the rest of the time we're there since we're right off of Montorgueil, so I feel obliged to find a restaurant with a really nice menu for that night. The last time I was on the Champs-Elysées on New Year's Eve the Champagne bottles thrown in the air were a real hazard. Thanks for your suggestions--I have read all the other references on this subject, but thought someone might have an inspiration!

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        1. re: prestose

          Bets are off on NYE. You'll have to pay me to go a traditiona restaurant on that day, even some of my favorite restaurants. The only thing I would consider is Chinatown. Who said Chinese restaurants are only for christmas?

          1. re: souphie

            "Who said Chinese restaurants are only for christmas?"
            Not me; Sunday's are good too.

        2. while i completely agree with the others on this (i haven't eaten out in Paris on NYE in the last decade) I'll throw out some suggestions, since that's what you're asking for. When I did eat here on NYE ages ago it was before I lived here. We decided to just go with a brasserie because we figured it's such a busy & bustle night that fine dining wasn't the way to go, but something fun and 'french' So, maybe consider one of the Flo group restos or something like that. (no groaning about those from everyone - i'm recommending them because it's NYE & Im trying to think of some suggestions that would work on that night) :)

          But since there's not really a specific place (that I know of) that one 'should' eat for NYE, can you give us more of an idea of what you want?

          If it were me, and I wanted to eat out here on NYE, I'd approach it like this: what area do I want? what's my budget? And, then just try and find a good restaurant in that area and book it - so for me it's not so much a question of where to eat because it's NYE, but just where would I like to eat that's good & I can book. If you've got more info on what you're looking for, I'm sure the nice people here can come up with some restaurant suggestions & thoughts

          1. also if you're staying off Montergueil, Frenchie is in the area and good. I have no idea what their plans are for NYE, but it's one of the places I like in that area & you'll find plenty of info on it here.

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              1. re: forestcollins

                I've been to Frenchie and loved it--will check to see if it's open then. I am not familiar with Passage 53 but will research it as well. I do appreciate your comments.

                1. re: prestose

                  There are many reviews of Passage 53 on the web. My last meal there was about a year ago and save the chairs which are goofy and uncomfortable, it remained good albeit pricier since all the publicity.