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Jan 13, 2014 09:59 AM

Dress code

We are in the early stages of planning our two week trip to Paris in early July. Trying to narrow down the restaurant choices from the 37 I have on my list to something more reasonable. There are two Michelin stared restaurants on this preliminary list: Helene Darroze and Atelier Joel Robichon. We probably will not do both. The criterion my husband has set is to choose the one that does NOT require a tie and jacket. Jacket yes, tie no.

I know that Helene Darroze has two restaurants, one more casual then the other.

Looking for advice on which one based on level of casualness (to say nothing of food).

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  1. Never eat in a bar or restaurant that has no windows. Never eat in a restaurant named Mom's. Never eat in a place that requires you to wear a necktie.

    I gave away all my neckties years ago. Even the Italian ones. It was one of the proudest days of my life.

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    1. re: emu48

      Emu48: I love your sound and wise advice.

    2. Restaurants that require a tie are probably limited to a few palace places... At Darroze and Robuchon (although Robichon sounds cute) your husband can go tie-less, and even probably jacket-less as long as his wearing a dress-shirt (even a casual one).

      1. Antonia:
        I would not go to either Darroze restaurant if you've got 36 other ones on your list (nor if they were the last places in Paris); what are the other 36 and we'll fire away.
        Also, can your husband be mistaken for a movie star or celebrity? If so he can eat with a black teeshirt and leather jacket anywhere. If not, a jacket will do. Only bankers and Minister-types wear ties (and me if I have to give a paper).

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        1. re: John Talbott

          Hi, John, Toni Dosik here.

          I respect your views a lot, so will take what you say about Darroze restaurants seriously. I was going to wait and post the entire list once I had info about the tie/jacket situation, which seems to have been solved. I'll do it on another post, though.

        2. Neither require a tie and jacket. Very few places do, among the 3-stars.
          If I'm not mistaken Darroze has only one restaurant in Paris, and I'm not in a hurry to go there. I'd rather go to Robuchon. But why narrow your choice to these two places exclusively?

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          1. re: Ptipois

            I think she's referring to the days when Darroze had a fancy resto upstairs and a more "relaxed" one downstairs; both in my experience not worth even walking 10 feet to,

            1. re: John Talbott

              I did mean the two restaurants in one building. But from what everyone has said, it is off the list.

              I didn't intend to limit ourselves to just these two places, however. My later post has all the restaurants that we are considering.