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Dec 16, 2011 12:01 PM

*Paris* Taking the best, yet most particular company from dec 31- jan 5 please help with food and wine suggestions

I will be traveling to Paris with my boyfriend for 6 days. As a result we need 6 restaurants for dinner and lunch, a handful of bakeries and pastry shops, a few cafes with very good very traditional coffee and a slew of bars.

Here is the catch, my boyfriend, who is a very kind, fun and intelligent individual happens to hate all things that can be described as "stuffy." He has exceptional albeit particular taste and tends to appreciate quirky, quaint, speakeasy (if that is even possible), modern/ industrial.... I'd really like to him to have a great time on the trip. I know he would like to experience Paris as it is, but I think he would also love to find restaurants and bars that have a similar feel to some of the neighborhoods and spots we love in other cities. We are in our early 30's and have lived in SOMA and the Mission in SF, DUMBO in Brooklyn, and currently are in Los Feliz in Los Angeles. Some of our favorite restaurants in La include: Son of a Gun, Hatfields, Barbrix, Sotto, Mozza. In SF/ Nor Cal: Ad Hoc, Townhall, Commonwealth, El Farolito, Delphina In NY:aApizz, Vinegar hill house, diner, the breslin

A good selection of options in terms of price, dress, and location would be fantastic, although we will be staying Montmarte and would imagine getting at least a little dressed up for dinner at and intend to spend between $25-40 for an entree most nights- sometimes more, sometimes a little less if possible.

Many thanks in advance for your posts and recommendations. Happy Holidays!

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  1. I would take him to Rino, Septime, Chatomat, Le Galopin for starters. If he still has his socks on, you might drag him on to Le Verre Vole, La Tete dans les Olives, Quedubon, Philou...

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    1. re: mangeur

      Agree with mangeur and would add L'Office, Albion, Au Passage, Le Garde Robe and Les Papilles.

      1. re: mangeur

        Agree with the above and would add Dans Les Landes and Chez Casimir.

        The first two days, 31st and 1st, will have very few restos open. Most of Paris will be closed, including food shops and markets.

        "quirky, quaint, speakeasy"
        Except for speakeasy, which this non-native speaker thought did not exist any more, the other adjectives are abstract and subjective. They mean different things to different people. For example, some visitors to SF think Fishermen's Wharf is quaint; the natives despair. Likewise many visitors think much of Paris is quaint; we natives scratch heads.
        I hope you enjoy at least some of the recommendations above - all very Parisian and good - and in particular enjoy Paris and its food for what they are and try not to compare with your past experience however exalting.

        And for the period when you will be visiting, espeially the first two days, since the majority of restos will be losed, it is more important than ever to reserve. Bon séjour.

        1. re: Parigi

          "in particular enjoy Paris and its food for what they are and try not to compare with your past experience however exalting."

          Can we pin this?

          1. re: mangeur

            Of course. Thanks everyone for such great suggestions.

        2. re: mangeur

          I would add Saturne, Vivant and maybe Neva.

        3. a few ideas:

          -- La Patache -- rustic wine bar near Canal St. Martin/VerreVole, on Rue de Lancry

          -- Coinstot the Passage des Panoramas...definitely unstuffy wine-bar/bistro food...

          -- Chez the 3rd...Provencal bistro...a hundred varieties of pastis...

          -- Le Souk...Moroccan on R. Keller in the 11th...others might rate other N. African places higher for food, but Le Souk does have something of a "speakeasy" quality to it (barely any sign, just pots of spices out front and decaying wooden door, on a small street)...

          -- Huitrerie Regis does have a white tableclothes (not sure if that would put him off), but it's a jewelbox of a place and maybe my favorite in Paris, w/ delicious oysters (that's all they serve, along w/ brown bread, oursins, white wine, and tarte tatin)...

          -- Le Manguier...casual Senegalese in the 11th...very sweet staff (the opposite of stuffy)...inexpensive/moderate prices, and somewhat of a cute/local place...

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            1. re: Simon

              100 varities of pastis? Mon dieu!

              1. re: Klunco

                i might have been exaggerating slightly...but they have a lot :) and they are fond of recommending diff ones for diff is the website: