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Sep 20, 2010 05:39 AM

Late night dining in the 10th

Dear Paris 'hounds,

A friend and I are arriving in Paris on a 10.30 pm flight that should -- with any luck -- have us ready to dine at 11.30 p.m. Do any of you savvy Paris-dwellers have recommendations for restaurants or bistros in the 10th for a delightful late-night dinner? We'd prefer a french restaurant, as I used to live in Paris and have been going through withdrawals ever since I left ... (I've seen John Talbott's excellent guide, but am not sure which of the several restaurants he recommends might be able to accommodate us for a 11.30 seating.)

Thank you!

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  1. We will of course venture out of the 10th if necessary -- my own googling has not been promising in this regard ... and I was told last week, when I tried to book, that Chez L'Ami Jean is booked with a private party or some such.

    Suggestions welcome! Would like to avoid a depressingly mediocre brasserie dinner if at all possible.

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    1. re: ssusu

      What day of the week? The Terminus Nord, at the Gare du Nord should still serve. If not, Julien on the rue du Faubourg St Denis serve late, and even have a night owl menu.

      While these two period brasseries are very beautiful, they are both part a chain. If you stick to steaks, shelfish, and other brasserie fare, and stay away from the plats du jout, and the monthly specials the waiters try and push, both joints are perfectly fine.

      Also near by, at 4 bd de St Denis, is the Plomd du Cantal. As its name indicates this restaurant, which stops serving at midnight, specialises in dishes from the Cantal, a department of the Auvergne region: truffade, aligot, chou farci, tripoux...This is mountain fare that sticks to your ribs. Very nice, but not to everyone's taste for a late night meal.

    2. Thank you.
      Two thoughts: While a Flo brasserie, the Terminus Nord is open til 1 AM and La Vigne St-Laurent that we were talking about last week, is open til 12:30 AM.

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      1. re: John Talbott

        Thank you both for the responses.

        I arrive this Wednesday (day after tomorrow), sorry for not specifying in my earlier post. La Vigne St-Laurent sounds perfect. Top Table claims they stop seating at 10 pm but I will try telephoning them to see if they'll serve us later.

        Vielleanglaise, do you mean Plomb du Cantal? I have been to l'Ambassade d'Auvergne, so I know what you mean about the stick-to-your ribs fare.

        Any thoughts on l'Atmosphere?

        1. re: ssusu

          Sorry. Plomb du Cantal. Not world class, but perfectly decent.

          I haven't eaten at the Atmosphere for years, though I have coffee there from time to time. Though a precursor - I think it was the first hip joint to open on the Canal 15 years ago - it's style has the norm' in this part of town. What the locals would call a "bobo".

          I just remembered: there's also the Verre Volé on the Canal. I've had good meals there, but the people are, or at least were a bit full of themselves. They've just reexpanded. They stay open late - until 2:00 AM, and I have eaten there very late, but you might want to call to make sure. 01 48 03 17 34

        2. re: John Talbott

          Are you sure the vigne opens that late? Also, I've had two unfortunate dining experiences at Flo.

          1. re: vielleanglaise

            I said that TN was a Flo brasserie not that OP should eat at Flo.
            And I'm not sure how late - that's what Pudlo says.

              1. re: vielleanglaise

                I'm going to be walking by on my way elsewhere & will ask.

                1. re: vielleanglaise

                  Pudlo was indeed wrong. I dropped in today. It closes at 23h00. Tant pis because it's a cool place.

            1. re: John Talbott

              We've liked TN. But I'm thinking: If as you say you are speaking of Sept 23, the strike may impair your 1-hour commute plan from cdg. (We are in a similar fix.)

              1. re: Jake Dear

                Not in the 10th, but not that far away (Paris is relatively compact) is La Maison de l'Aubrac on rue Marbuef which is open pretty much until dawn.
                Menu choices get restricted after a certain time but the beef is not bad (seem to recall there may not be much else) and there's a reasonably priced wine list if your objective is to drink your way into the small hours.

            2. We were just in Paris last week, and ate at the Verre Vole. It was enjoyable, but very casual (not sure what your speed is). The scene at La Patache and Mme Shawn across the street looked very interesting. All of rue Lancry around the canal is buzzing late at night. Next time I go to Paris, I would drop by there again just for the scene.

              1. Dear all:

                I arrived on the 22nd but my flight was already very much delayed as a consequence of the planned strike. Long story short -- I was too late even for vielleanglaise or John Talbott's late-night suggestions in the 10th, and ended up having a 1 am meal at Chez Denise. Thanks very much for the great recs.

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                1. re: ssusu

                  Sorry to hear that, a lot of flights were delayed last night.
                  For the record and future searches I had lunch today at a place in the 9th not too far away from the Gares which was not-bad-at-all place; it's eclept 5.8 Au Petit Riche in the 9th,, has menus for lunch at 22 E for 2 and 28 E for 3 dishes as well as menus at dinner for 28 E for 3 dishes and 34 E with liquids.