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May 15, 2014 12:07 PM

Dinner recs for 10th wedding anniversary meal in Paris

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.

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  1. Get the lefooding app. It has great suggestions by arrondissements and is geared to very on trend restaurants as well as old standbyes. 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.

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    1. re: macdog

      Thanks, very helpful. Downloaded the app and it's great! I had also heard about Le Taxi Jaune so that's likely to be one of our stops.

    2. 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.

      For a start, I suggest looking at the recent trail of a fellow Brooklynite, Mitchleeny.

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      1. re: Parnassien

        We're there Thursday thru Sunday and our anniversary is a Thursday. Budget is limitless as long as the food is good. Thank you all for the suggestions so far. These are great and helpful!

        1. re: Parnassien

          Correction: Mitch is a confirmed Manhattanite.

        2. Not Per Se, but not shabby, you might consider Les Tablettes by Jean-Louis Nomicos.

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          1. re: mangeur

            Thanks. This looks really interesting. Will investigate!

          2. Now about Epicure or it's brasserie, Le 114 Faubourg?

            1. 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...

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              1. re: yakionigiri

                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.

                1. re: PhilD

                  Careful... You might inspire stuffy service in Brooklyn restaurants. Then, 5-10 years later, there will be stuffy, Brooklynized service in hip Parisian restaurants.

                  Be careful what you wish for, PhilD.

                2. re: yakionigiri

                  Hehe, Per Se to me is formal, but not stuffy. Fine line, though. I do prefer something more modern. Really no budget -- this is a big anniversary. We're willing to spend.

                  In Brooklyn, my favorite places are Colonie, La Vara, and Prime Meats, in that order.