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Greetings all. Different price points for sure, and maybe not fair to lump these 3 restaurants as a "pick one", but I'm doing it anyway. A Thursday night in Paris....Passage 53, Le Cinq, and L'Arpege.

Thoughts?

Thank you.

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  1. True very different, but my pick as always is Le Cinq. l will be there a week from Tuesday. Not to repeat myself but my time at L'Arpege was not a positive experience.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      This was a good post for me to read. I too find myself thinking about a few of the more formal Paris experiences for my trip in 10 days. Le Cinq might win out over some I've been reading, and reading, and reading :) about! Have a great meal!
      Cheers,
      Jeff

      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        P.S. While I've read so much about lunch being a "must do", is the evening at Le Cinq every bit as sublime? You mentioned a week from Tuesday for your meal, but I find myself wondering if you are a fan of their lunches, or will this be an evening for you.

        1. re: JeffW

          Been twice for lunch, three times for dinner. Food is great for both, with lunch being considerably less expensive (if you chose the lunch menu, of course).
          I find the atmosphere even more magical at night, but it's also maybe a bit more formal. That said if there is one thing that Le Cinq does better than most other places, it's service, so you'll never feel uncomfortable there.

          Also love l'Arp├Ęge, by the way, but it's a completely different, and maybe less "safe" restaurant: way less comfortable, minimalistic food, and maybe worse value than Le Cinq for some -- not me.

          1. re: olivierb

            The service at Le Cinq was nothing like i've seen before :-) I'm not sure what "training camp" they are going through, but i felt like somebody was almost reading my mind "-)

            1. re: oferl

              Is the lunch special still on offer? I can't seem to find it on their website. We'll be in Paris for hubby's birthday in September and since it falls on a Sunday and not much is open, am thinking this would be a nice way to celebrate.
              Would would lunch run with maybe 2 glass of champagne and 2 glasses of wine if we stick to the lunch menu (if it's still on)?
              Thanks!

          2. re: JeffW

            Being frugal, always do lunch. Here are two reviews of Le Cinq for lunch, one of them mine.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811568
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896940

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              Wow. This is not my original post, but reading it got me to secure a table for dinner. I have always envied folks with bodies that can accomodate grand lunches. I've never been able to do this in my 57 years on the planet. It's kind of a hibernating thing I guess, but I do certainly make up for this at dinner :)

              Through the anonymity of the internet, I'd like to ask a slightly embarassing question. We haven't been to Paris in 26 years. I don't remember the logistics about European gratuities versus the U.S.. If I'm correct, a meal at Le Cinq is something like 500 euros for 2, plus beverages. Guessing that you can't get a decent bottle of wine for less than 100 euros...who knows, maybe way more. In any event, this is a blow out of an evening for sure....aren't vacations fun? :) Is gratuity a part of this price, or do you tip an additional percentage?
              Any advice would be welcomed.
              Embarassinglyyours,
              Jeff

              1. re: JeffW

                There is no need for a tip at Le Cinq, if you want to round up fine, if not fine also. OTOH if the service blew wind up your pants leave another 20 euros or so, why not.
                Their wine list has many 'bargains' on it. So spend a bit of time and peruse it. l generally get a few bottles of Raveneau Chablis premier cru, cost 80-90 euros/per. If seen in the US at all, costs over $ 200, and at Per Se for example costs @ 600 .
                The sommeliers are very competent and friendly and will help you find a bargain.

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  You will never know what a valuable thing you've just shared. Hands down, you have just chosen our wine selection for this night. Just yesterday I was telling spousal unit that we need to enjoy some quality whites on this trip, versus strictly going for red. We will toast to you on our first sip of this wine, and that is for certain. Wine selection is admittedly our weakest link regarding the pleasures of the table. We've had our share of fine wine, but only with the help of "guru's".
                  Thanks GuruStefan,
                  Jeff

        2. I would also choose Le cinq, It is now for my next visit the number 2 on my list after Pierre Gagnaire. Then maybe L epicure and Ledoyen.