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Oct 28, 2011 05:59 AM

DInner after Vedettes du Pont Neuf First Night In Paris

I'm looking for a place to eat dinner after a ride on the Vedettes du Pont Neuf our first night in Paris.
Something festive, and traditional, but not too fussy, as we'll undoubtedly be exhasuted from travel.
We're renting an apartment on Quai de Tournelle, so somewhere in between would be ideal!

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  1. Could you tell us what time yourboat cruise is over?
    Depending on how late it is, restaurants may be closed or past the latest ordering time.

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    1. re: Parigi

      and I'm guessing that by the time you step off of the Vedettes on your day of arrival, especially with a jetlagged and exhausted 10-year-old, that no one will be in the mood for a long drawn-out dinner. She might be the world's most amazing 10-year-old foodie, but she's still a ten-year-old who has been awake for the better part of 24 hours or more and whose body is still on another time zone.

      Stick with something reasonably quick and simple (brasserie or cafe), as by that time your focus will be on stumbling to bed. Something reasonably easy on your digestive system is good, too -- as the fatigue and the change of diet can play havoc.

      1. re: sunshine842

        Good advice, thank you! I am used to arriving in Paris early in the day, and heading right out to a fancy lunch! But, all will be different with a child...and since this trip is for her, we'll have to adjust to her needs.

      2. re: Parigi

        I would suggest walking across street to the Place Dauphine. There are several restaurants there, and the Place is a lovely spot.

        1. re: prestose

          Any particular spots you have in mind?

        2. re: Parigi

          Thanks for the response!
          The cruises last one hour according to the website. I was thinking of taking the 17:45 or the 18:30 boat so we could see the lights.

          1. re: mizhil

            Oh. THe boat cruise is ine afternoon and will in no way interfere with dinner hour. Since you said you wanted to eat after the boat cruise, I thought it meant it was a night cruise.
            In fact, you just want regular dinner at a regular hour, the same as a dinner not preceded by a cruise, right? :-)

            (1) Festive (2) traditional (3) not fussy.
            Not far from you is the very good and traditional Aux Fins Gourmets. The earliest you can eat there or anywhere else is 19h30. At that hour, most restaurants are deserted and won't look very festive. But Aux Fins Gourmets are certainly (2) and (3). The resto is much loved by locals; don't forget to reserve.
            But to give you a concept of restaurant service pace: For a place like Aux Fins Gourmets which has very good service that is not slow at all, expect at least 2 hours for dinner. All my recent dinners out lasted about 2h15 to 2h30. If you are jetlagged, it is best to streamline that first meal at home and have a celebratory dinner out another night. Or celebrate that first night in your own well appointed apartment...

        3. All the otehr replies offer very good analyses.
          And since you are renting an apartment on such a beautiful spot, with a view that very few restaurants could match, except the Tour d'Argent, :-) ; why not shop earlier in the day for a night snack of foie gras, smoked salmon, roast chicken, whatever you like, then come back after the boat cruise to have a leisurely supper by your unbeatable window view.

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          1. re: Parigi

            THAT is probably the best suggestion of all.

            1. re: Parigi

              Yes, this is a definite possibility. Ideally, I'd love to eat out that night, but if we're too jet lagged, I'm grateful we have the option of eating in...