Dinner recs for 10th wedding anniversary meal in Paris
- oolah May 15, 2014 12:07 PM
My husband and I are celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary this June with a few days in Paris. We'll be staying in Le Marais, but don't mind heading anywhere in the city. We are adventurous eaters with no allergies or restrictions and we really like wine.
For those who know New York, I'm looking for the Per Se / Eleven Madison Park equivalent in Paris -- great service, great food, great wine in a luxe atmosphere without being stuffy.
Also curious to hear about more casual, trendy places in Le Marais for our other meals there. We live in Brooklyn, and would like to try a Brooklyn-style organic / locavore type place as well to see how the French do it.
Thank you for any suggestions.
Get the lefooding app. It has great suggestions by arrondissements and is geared to very on trend restaurants as well as old standbyes. Parisbymouth.com also has a pretty good list of restaurants by district.
We are going to Le Mary Celeste one night that is in haut Marais. Cocktails and small plates with Asian influence. We are also going to Le Taxi Jaune in the Marais and hoping to get a reservation at Hai Kai in Canal St. Martin area and walk in at Pierre Sang Boyer on Rue Oberkampf.
Good luck with Per Se like restaurant. We are going to Maison Blanche, but only because it is a work event and we are invited guests. I know it has nice views of the Eiffel Tower, but have no clue what the food is like.
It would be useful to know which days of the week you will be in Paris and the day of your anniversary. Here restaurants are often closed for one or two days a week... Saturday, Sunday and Monday can be problematic.
And budget. If you are willing to spend 500 € per person on your celebratory meal, lots of choices. If 100€, fewer.
"Le Marais" is a pretty moveable feast. Much of what tourists call the Marais is very touristy but the northern tier (called, inter alia, the Haut Marais) is quite trendy.
Per Se is fairly "stuffy" all things considered. If you're considering 3-star restaurants in Paris, they're also likely more expensive than Per Se. You'd probably need to state your budget.
Then again, you mentioned the "B-word." What restaurants in Brooklyn do you like? France's version of New York and Brooklyn is pretty skewed, and Brooklyn in general means young Americans opened something...
Interesting regarding Per Se - I ate at Manressa and thought the "formal French" service was quite amusing. It's was definitely more stuffy than the real thing. The best bit was all the waiters who walked around with one hand behind their back rather like a '50's young ladies deportment class.