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alternative ideas for New Year's dinner before celebrating on boat cruise

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Bonjour Hounds,
My wife, 11 year old son (good eater) and I would like your suggestions for New Years Eve dinner in Paris. The high point of our evening will be our cruise along the Seine after dinner to admire the Eiffel Tower at midnight! The boat departs from Port de la Bourdonnais near the Eiffel Tower. Dinner at the bistros nearby (discussed here - Florimond, Reed, Le Petit Troquet, Cafe Constant) have special menus that are too extravagant for this particular night.
We are interested in something simpler - traditional french or ethnic.
We are staying in the Marais so suggestions in the 3rd or better yet near the Port de la Bourdonnais will be much appreciated. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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  1. Hi Jay;
    Have you read our previous pronouncements about Christmas and New Years' Eve's?
    As Annie sang "It’s the Hard-Knock Life" on those two evenings.
    The prices (at least for this old guy) are way over my pay grade, and I and a lot others go hunting and gathering for oysters, foie gras, caviar, champagne, terrines, and whatever else seduces you and eat in (oyster shuckers now give you a styroform platter, no questions asked, no need to return).
    You can of course go to a brasserie, where the prices will not blow you away, but like Holiday Inns, they are predictable but not terribly exciting.
    The more interesting question is where to go on New Year's Day and I'm not revealing where we're dining with our friends on R&R from Tripoli.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      Hi John,
      Yes! Our Dining in Paris budget will go a lot farther eating out on other days and nights…we are all meat lovers so I am really excited to try lunch at HUGO DESNOYER. On my uncle's recent trip, he enjoyed Le Pantruche. Paul Bert seafood place sounds good and we have reservation at Cinq Mars in the 7th.
      Well, we are staying in an apt with a kitchen so eating in is an option…
      So where are we meeting on New Years Day? :)

    2. As usual: NYE is a terrible night to eat out, and you already found that out by looking at the bistrots nearby -- would check Au Bon Accueil and Chez les Anges though.

      A big brasserie is probably your best call -- La Lorraine, Francis, even l'Alsace à Paris, Bofinger...

      I would go even more radical and grab a crepe in Montparnasse or some Flams in rue La Boetie. Maybe a sandwich at Cosi. That's it, that's what I'd do. Cosi sandwich.

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      1. re: souphie

        Hi S,
        Thanks for the suggestions. I will research. Happy Holidays!