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Sep 7, 2010 01:58 PM

Post-wedding dinner: La Taverne, Le Comptoir?...and other suggestions

We are getting married in France in front of just family (7 people total)...we are looking for a fun, but semi-dressy place that is not fussy or overly-expensive. I will not be the one paying so I don't want to steer us into an expensive will be flowing and we will be celebrating so I want to monitor the price up front.

It has been a long time since I have been to Paris....I do recall having a good meal near the opera at La Taverne....not sure if I stumbled into a tourist trap or not, but the escargot were very good.

Le Comptoir may be our Christmas dinner

I am from New Orleans and take food very seriously....prior to Bourdain making it impossible for me to get into Le Chateaubriand, Frenchie and Le Comptoir, I had circled those three along with finding good Laotian and Morrocan food and one good dinner place in Monmartre as a pre-lim gameplan for Paris. How early can I call for these places? Are there any tricks for landing a reservation...we are trying to fill a lunch and sunday/monday/tuesday dinners....I recognize that 7 people may make this reservation difficult to get.

Thank You for the help...

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  1. Try for the "library" space at Maceo (La Bibliothèque Salace), good menus, well priced in stylish surroundings that befit a celebration without challenging the wallet.

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    1. re: PhilD

      Thank You....

      aslo ideas of offbeat places to get married would be good too...Rodin gardens and the deck of the Orsay have been tossed out, as well as, a bridge....being outside in december worries me for cold and rain...ceremony will be about 20 minutes though.

      1. re: bbares81

        Here is your offbeat place. There is a bathroom on Place Madelaine that is all art nouveau and my go to place for any new guests here in Paris. It is magnificent, small, but fine for 7 people.

        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          LOL....bathrooms may be a little too offbeat...

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            Puisqu'on y est:
            The bathroom, - men's - is the best thing about Bofinger.

            One (= men) can also visit (and use) the last vespasienne in Paris. Here is a very poetic shot of it in the snow:

            1. re: Parigi

              C'est vrai! the men's room is an art nouveau weird dream... I was in the midst of a public restroom design at my facility: was photographing every interesting restroom when I had a moment alone...

          2. re: bbares81

            Can you legally get married in off-beat places in Paris. I thought it had to me in Church and or at the Town Hall....?

            1. re: PhilD

              Religious ceremony only (christian)...civil will be taken care of in New orleans.

            2. re: bbares81

              The classiest place for a wedding reception that I've known was the (upper floor of the) musée Jacquemart André. You also have to hire an outside caterer.
              You can also inquire with other smaller musées famous for having a charming interior, like Cognac Jay, musée de la Vie romantique…

              On the other end of the budget scale, you can inquire with Les Papilles which has a basement for private parties. And the issue of food/wine provision is solved !
              But usually Les Papilles rents it out for more than 10 persons. Considering that the basement is not often used, I think you may talk the resto into letting your party of 7 to have exclusive use of it. The ambiance is very warm bistro-y.

              1. re: Parigi

                Thank you...I will look into them.

                Has no one been to la was a large 2-story place near Chez Leon and the Opera Granier.

                1. re: bbares81

                  There's a ton of restos in Paris named La Taverne. None stand out.
                  Do you mean the Taverne Kronenbourg on the boulevard?
                  I might have been there, or a resto like it next to it, years ago for a movie wrap party. You get the picture of how anonymous those brasseries are. Nothing about the food stayed in my memory. It was not incandescently bad either. Just anonymous.

                  1. re: bbares81

                    The La Taverne you refer to is probably the one at 24 blvd Italiens. A big, glossy brasserie; good beer as I recall. If your budget can handle it, Laperouse has a private room that seats up tp 12. Romantic etc. I second Maceo as well.

                    1. re: Oakglen

                      The private salons in Lapérouse of course. Don't forget to notice the scratched-up mirror, preserved as was from the 19th century when the ballerinas invited there scratched on the mirror the diamond that their benefactors offered them, to test whether it was real.

            3. I have not been to Spring's downstairs' wine bar plus but Meg Zimbeck wrote it up (I think she's out of touch right now so cannot speak for herself) but after eating upstairs I'm doing a celebration in the cave myself.

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              1. re: John Talbott

                Apparently Frechie and Le Chateaubriand are both closed for the Christmas holidays the WHOLE time we are in Paris.

                Le Comptoir is only on the bistro format while we are there. Is this still worth going to for a casual lunch/dinner?

                i am really sad about chateaubriand....I was looking forward to that the most.

                1. re: bbares81

                  Having just eaten at Le Comptoir, I would say the food was definitely worth it. However, having said that, to get 7 people, you would need to be either very patient or arrive very early. Or you can do what we did and just cheat by staying at the very lovely hotel. They set aside tables for those staying at the hotel, you just have to tell them how many and what time.

                  Congratulations on the upcoming nuptials, all the best!

                  1. re: bdachow

                    or you could try showing up a bit late - I think we wandered in around 2 and within a few minutes there were several tables together outside, which, with the overhead heaters was perfectly pleasant. Or - you could always beg... all they can say is non.