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Paris - romantic, cool, posh

I'm planning on visiting Paris for my first anniversary and would like to go for a 'nice' meal on the actual day.

Looking for recommendations that are romantic but not too old-fashioned or cliche/touristy.

Love WD50 in NYC - thinking along those lines....

Any help would be gratefully received

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  1. L'Astrance if you have lots of money and lots of time...

    1. David Toutain & Lazare getting rave reviews, modern, trendy, cool...

        1. re: Parigi

          Sunday, but I could do Fri/Sat for the right place :)

          1. re: DavidGMB

            Sunday dinner really limits your options. What time of year, if the summer "Le Mini Palais" is a nice location especially on the terrace and the food is good and it could be romantic.

            Cool is a tricky concept as it really is subjective and to be frank is probably the opposite of posh and romantic. For examples the on-trend Bones is cool but hardly posh nor romantic. I like Brasserie Thoumieux as it has a certain style and has the "Paris romantic" feel.

            I think the best advice is to simply treat Paris as a romantic city so anywhere is going to tick that box, and cool is driven by it being different - just avoid the tourist spots (well covered on the board). So focus on the style of food and restaurant and a good option for food with a bit of edge could be Goust or Toutain.

            1. re: PhilD

              I agree that several of the factors that the OP wants are highly subjective.
              Once a poster who also wanted to go somewhere romantic asked us to vet his list, andI pointed out that one pick had great food but the interior was quite cold, and in the room small every sentence uttered could be heard by neighboring tables. Hardly what I would call romantic. But the poster went any way (then why did he ask ?), and found the place extremely romantic, because he and his fiancée were (1) in France, (2) having good food.

              "Posh" by itself is easy. But posh + cool + Sunday…

              "Cool". Most hipster places in Paris are synonymous with bad food. The handful of good cool places are either not romantic or or posh open Sunday. .

              I can't think of one besides Les Climats Sunday lunch.

              1. re: Parigi

                Totally understand - something like 'cool' is incredibly subjective.

                I'm not necessarily looking at 'hipster', I just don't want anything too traditional/old-fashioned (e.g. gilt frames and tapestries) - I'm not considering Le Cinq for example.

                David Toutain is probably at the top of my list at the moment for the anniversary meal - but accept that Sunday is not looking good wherever I choose.

                I also like the look of Maceo and Chez Denise (my wife's name) for other nights.

                1. re: DavidGMB

                  Chez Denise is very old-school Parisian, animated, quite traditional in all the right ways. Denise being your wife's name, it would make a nice story and lovely memory.

            2. re: DavidGMB

              Le Cinq would be my choice, luncheon or dinner.

          2. How about Le114 Faubourge at Hotel Le Bristol. First drinks at LeBar, then dinner

            1. Les Climats on the rue de Lille in the 7th. Closed Sunday.

              Macéo on the rue des Petits Champs near Palais Royal in the 1st. Closed Sunday.

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              1. re: Parnassien

                Les Climats good; also 110 Taillevent & Maison de l'Amerique Latine.

              2. Just had dinner at Garance -this could fit your bill.a beautiful truffle and asparagus salad and a breast of pigeon -no dessert,those two courses were quite enough . The room was warm, not brightly lit, a young crowd that was all french speaking. This might fit your bill..

                1. Re cool, romantic and posh on a Sunday night, a sudden illumination. Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos in the 16th. ...the food is indeed seduction worthy... I personally don't find the space very romantic but usually a few tables of eye-in-eye couples so others obviously do... and it is certainly posh and cool (BCBG branché version). ... open on Sunday.... wheeee! But the mark-ups on the wine can be heartbreaking so be careful.

                  Another Sunday option (already suggested by PhilD). Mini Palais in the Grand Palais... not an altogether intimate place but the more than decent food, colonnaded terrace and piano bar do have the right elements... and a post-dinner stroll across the nearby Pont Alexandre III is ultra-romantic in a Chanel advert sort of way.

                  And another. Terroir Parisien in the 5th... the sleek style might appeal and the nosh (deconstructed/ reconstructed/or updated Paris and Ile de France classics) ain't bad at all... can get very busy at peak times (which in Paris means 9pm) when the overstretched service begins to fray... unlike its newer (and some say better) branch at the Bourse, this original location in the Latin Quarter is open on Sunday. And then for extra romance, a post-prandial walk down to the river for the iconic view of Notre Dame's backsides or a zigzag via the rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève (with a stop for a glass of wine at le Petit Café on the rue de l'Ecole Polytechnique) to the Panthéon, rue Soufflot and the place Edmond Rostand for another pause at Le Rostand, and finally taxi to your hotel (there's a "station de taxis" on the even-number side of the rue Soufflot @ bd St-Michel). Happy anniversary !

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                  1. re: Parnassien

                    "Terroir Parisien"
                    more cool than posh or romatic though.

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      but, Talbott le Vénérable, you only go at lunch... everything looks better at night.

                      1. re: Parnassien

                        But the unvarnished truth is that the same dining room will often provide totally different experiences at lunch and dinner, even at first and second dinner service. It is awfully hard to get a handle on the ambiance, noise level, kitchen energy at each of these dining opportunities.

                        1. re: mangeur

                          That is so true, the first dinner sitting can be almost lifeless yet full, whilst the second (post 9:00pm) will be almost rowdy. It can really change the whole dynamic of the room. The latter being more Parisian, the former more anglo. So it not just a choice of place the timing is as important.

                    2. re: Parnassien

                      Thank you so much for these recommendations (and the additional romantic ideas) I have a long list now - it's a question of cutting it down to my four nights!