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After a 30-year absence Grandma was coming to town.
Leveraging all of my contacts I booked her into one of Paris’ must coveted addresses, the Plaza Athenée, for a pampered weekend.
Thanks to my Paris “rabbi”, Albert Nahmias, our first
Paris lunch together would be in the hotel’s La [...]
A spinoff of the very successful bistro gastronomique L’Agapé, Bis represents the sophisticated cuisine of that spot but with the relaxed atmosphere of a bistro du coin.
You know that you are in for a very different experience as soon as you enter the dining room with its bold, red walls and brightly colored tableaux [...]Continue Reading →
It had been 3 years since my last sumptuous meal (see below) at Laurent so I took advantage of a Tuesday night in the midst of les vacances scolaire to sample the new 145 euro Menu de l’Accord Parfait (a perfect marriage of food and wine.) I was accompanied by the Nez [...]Continue Reading →
My team and I had just finished shooting the first of three pilot episodes for a proposed TV show, an interview at the Café de Flore with Diane Johnson and we had piled ourselves and equipment into Julien’s car for the short ride across the Seine to the Grand Palais and Éric Frechon’s beautifully [...]Continue Reading →
Don’t fix it if it’s not broke-not true in this case. Gary Dorr, the young scion of this family of restaurateurs has successfully modernized four of their classic bistros that feature all-inclusive menus at a fixed price–42 euros. Scroll down to see the menu.
The new decor reflects a more sophisticated style [...]Continue Reading →
Believe it or not one does occasionally tire of foie gras, oysters, champagne, cote de boeuf [...]Continue Reading →
I had my first meal here on a cold Saturday afternoon in November of 1995, moules /frites with a 25cl of Muscadet and have been coming back ever since-the kind of place that I would often seek out when alone and just looking for an informal, inexpensive meal in pleasant surroundings.
I had been lunching [...]Continue Reading →
I’m having my morning noisette under the shade of a chestnut tree that looms over the terrace of the Bar de la Croix Rouge. Off to my right is Cesar’s statue of Centaur and to my left the rue du Four angles towards me.
It’s 8AM and the café has been open since 6 making [...]Continue Reading →
An authentic bistro du coin-lively atmosphere, reasonably priced good food, lots of habitués (regulars) and shoppers from the nearby Bon Marché.
Caroline charmingly presides over the front of the house and her husband works the stoves.
The lunch menu offers salades composées starting with a Parisienne of lettuce, tomatoes, emmenthal, ham and a hard-boiled [...]Continue Reading →
My neighbors will be furious so don’t tell them how you found this place.
A classic bistro du coin where local construction workers get a café fix (best price in the neighborhood) in the morning and a beer or wine pause at the end of the day. This is the kind of place where [...]Continue Reading →
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