My Favorite Spots in Paris
64 rue Vieille du Temple
01 42 78 55 89
My favorite restaurant in Paris! They self-describe as “Restaurant of Fire.” No molecular gastronmy here… Small, simple, but excellent. No fanfare, thankfully. Food cooked in a wood hearth on a chromed planche; terrific grilled meats and boudin noir, excellent sautéed potatoes. Sit at the bar or the big table, don’t sit downstairs. Go twice – by the second visit they’ll treat you like family, as often happens in France. You must promise not to tell anyone about it…
Le Comptoir du Relais
Carrefour de l'Odéon
Tel: 33 1 44 27 07 97
Very good, but on the radar in a big way, so it's hard to get one of their very small tables. It’s usually packed, often with Americans who’ve read about it, but join the queue (no reservations). It’s well worth the wait, which is generally not too long. Watch out for americans in summer, though. A late lunch, about 3pm, is the ticket.
Café De La Nouvelle Mairie
19 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques
01 44 07 04 41
My second favorite in Paris is a sweet, very well done bar à vin naturel in the 5th up behind the Pantheon that we found one day on walk around the neighborhood where we were staying. I don't really want to broadcast it, but you would like it, i think. Organic, biodynamic wines and well prepared, simple food, include sausages and patés like they used to be. Busy at lunch, so go early or, preferably, late. Cash only ("no carte bleu," no credit cards). I go there every time!!
5 rue des Fossés Saint-Marcel
01 43 31 86 48
Had a very good meal here, but maybe I was just notalgic for the taste of French food. Simple delicious food, a youngish chef cooking by himself. Michelin Star food in a neighborhood spot in a remote part of the 5th. Call ahead for a table. Excellent. Say hi to the chef when you’ve dined.
Bistro Paul Bert
8 rue Paul Bert
01 43 72 24 01
Also on the radar and therefore busy, often many americans, but very, very good. Go for a late lunch if you can. I especially like the hure de cochon, a house speciaité.
129 Avenue Parmentier
01 43 57 45 95
Hard to get in, one of the top – and best – of the new French places run by Michelin Star ex-pats. If you can get a reservation, you’ll enjoy it. And its humble offspring…
131 Avenue Parmentier
01 55 28 78 88
29, rue de Cotte
01 43 47 47 05
Lunch, 16 euros; dinner, 38 to 50 euros.
A terrific place with a chef who has cooked around the city and elsewhere, and therefore has an eclectic menu. Still, can often be great. Younger than many places, hipper, too.
If you want an old-school Bistro, Go to...
rue Mail, in the 2nd
can’t gowrong there.
L’As du Falafel – the falafel ace!
34, rue des Rosiers, 75004
01 48 87 63 60
Bistros - Where I still prefer to eat
20, rue d’Aligre
01 43 43 91 64
Excellent butcher and restaurant near Marché d’Aligré, an excellent neighborhood market that worth a visit
If you're in the Aligré areA (not far from Gare de Lyon), Check out...
Le Baron Rouge
1 Rue Théophile Roussel
01 43 43 14 32
It’s a good local – few or no tourists! – wine bar with a few tasty bite on hand. You can buy good wine from the barrel and take it home for very cheap.
Parvis Gare St.-Lazare, Rue Interieure
105 boulevard du Montparnasse
10, rue Gomboust
Owned by the daughters of the famous Parisien chef, Michel Rostaing. Excellent, old school in spirit, but a serious place with no messing around.
3, rue Victor Massé
My close friend, Sean, says this place is fantastic!
New places of curiosity, with good reviews and recommendations; haven't dined there but would love to...
01, rue Vieille du Temple
Réservation 01 42 74 44 32
3 rue Ste Croix de la Bretonnerie
Réservartion 01 42 74 71 52
Both Jaja and Glou are owned by Julien Fouin, author of “Cusines Paysannes” and “Beurk! C’est bon,” which is about offal
52 rue de Richelieu
01 42 97 54 40
6 rue Bailleul
01 45 96 05 72
67, rue St.-Maur
Try this one out for sure. It’s run by a woman cooking – and everything else – by herself. It’s NOT Buvette in NYC, owned by Jodi Willams.