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Jul 5, 2013 08:31 AM

Any recs walking distance from Republique?

Just arrived from Barcelona, staying in an apt just off Republique. Only a 5 min walk to Jacques Genin and RDT 24, where the first order of business was a croissant and a baguette.
Here for 5 nights, only real food plans are for Spring on our last night.
Any recs from someone familiar with this area? Will be looking for dinner tonight around 8-8:30, will have to get used to eating at a more normal hour for us after the late dinner scene in Barcelona.
Willing to walk 30 minutes or so.

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  1. Chameleon Youpi et voilà Le Galopin Marché Enfants Rouges Claude Colliot Marché St Quentin Marcel's roast chicken Comme à Lisbon's orgasmic egg tart Tholoniat

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    1. re: Parigi

      Much as I love Parigi/Nancy cancel the rec for Youpi et Voilà - Yuck.

      1. re: John Talbott

        We loved our meal at Y et V. So did JT's tablemates. Read for yourself and decide if it's right for you.

        1. re: John Talbott

          I beg to differ, it would be a pity to cancel the rec at Youpi et Voilà. Don't.

          I had one of the best meals of this last Spring there.

          Patrice Gelbart had a difficult beginning after he moved to Paris from his faraway Southwestern province, and it took him some time to adapt to the capital. Now he has reached his cruise speed and the food is at the level that is to be expected of him, one of the most sincere, original and talented chefs in France.

          1. re: Ptipois

            Such good news, Pti. Our only quibble was with a boorish American table. Not a reason not to return. Thanks for this nudge,

            1. re: mangeur

              You can go there with perfect peace of mind. And get some of that gaillac from Plageoles.

          2. re: John Talbott

            As much as I hate to line up against the Talbott guy, I'm joining the hooray-for-Youpi-et-Voilà parade with Mangeur and Pti on this one. I've been 3 or 4 times and mercifully all delicious AND interesting (and loud American-less).

        2. Good list from Parigi. Add Philou to across the canal group. Le Dauphin (and Chateaubriand) are within range also.

          I just noticed where you are staying. You are close also to Le Villeret and Jeanne A than the above. Also Astier, but I would never recommend it.

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          1. re: mangeur

            Much as I love Mangeur/Margaret - Chateaubriand is very chancy. Insert Manger and Beaucoup which get no respect here but do on the haute gamme rag..

            1. re: John Talbott

              Agree completely on this one. That is why I put it in parenthesis. I hated my only meal there, DH rather liked his. But others have different takes. Le Dauphin served us rather well in May. Good for a light meal of shared tapas.

              1. re: mangeur

                I'm a Chateaubriand fan. I have been there half a dozen times, and when it is good is it very very good. When it is not perfect, it is still very interesting. I have only had one stinker there, it was at lunch, and the chef was absent.

          2. I think we should be a little more helpful to each OP and not just offer shotgun blasts of suggestions. This particular OP has just arrived for 5 days (including a Saturday and Sunday) without rezzies and yet we give him "hot tables" where he doesn't have a chance in hell of getting in at short notice or are closed for some or most of his stay. Chateaubriand on a Saturday night?! Pas possible. Manger any time in the next few days?! Pas possible. Le Dauphin on a Saturday night?! Pas possible.

            The OP might find that Ober-Salé on rue Oberkampf and/or Auberge Flora (open 7/7)on the boulevard Richard Lenoir a little more convenient and accessible.

            Some more suggestions can be trawled from recent threads:

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            1. re: Parnassien

              Of course, you are quite right, Parn. But it is worth reminding people that phone calls in the afternoon often catch tables for that night that have just been released by those who cancel for one reason or another, double booking not the least cause.

              1. re: mangeur

                I'd agree that getting a cancelled table is quite do-able during the week... but Saturday night?!

                And I confess to being a chronic double booker myself... I plan for whimsy.

            2. Had an excellent time at Chameleon tonight. Split 3 entrees and 3 Plats between the 3 of us. Some kind of black egg thing with sausage and a red pepper sauce, excellent. Clams (? Razor) in a delicious brown butter sauce and another mixed seafood starter. For mains had Guinea fowl, just realized that was eel it was stuffed with; St. Peter fish and a veal chop. Very happy.
              Rezzies at Philou for tomorrow night.
              Coming off the habit of eating at 9:30 or so in Barcelona, what time do most eat in Paris? Went at 9 tonight and it was busier when we left then when we got there. Booked for 8:30 tomorrow night, but may change it to later since we don't do anything after dinner anyway, that's our entertainment for the evening.

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              1. re: saeyedoc

                Isn't 9:30 early for Spain?

                But yes, rezzies at 9 to 9:30 at weekends is very standard in Paris... a little earlier during the week.

                1. re: Parnassien

                  Yes, 9:30 was on the early side in Barcelona, had to work up to it, we never eat that late at home, you can barely even find someplace open at that hour in San Antonio.

              2. I think that Le Galopin would be within walking distance for you. We had an absolutely wonderful 6-course dinner here back in June. Thai soup. Squid. Kobe beef (perhaps a little undercooked by our standards, but we sent it back and it returned perfectly cooked.) I vaguely remember olive oil ice cream with one of the desserts. This was recommended to us on CH, and we are very grateful. We really had a memorable meal, and I thought it was very fairly priced.