My friend is going to be 70 in October and is happily inviting about 12 of his friends to come to Paris for a few days (don't get too excited, we pay our way there--which is still pretty great). I have volunteered to help find a terrific restaurant for the 12 of us (who range in age from 50-65) to have dinner on a Saturday night this October.
I have been researching for several days and have found this Chowhound to be very informative. I know there might be an issue with the number of people and perhaps a private room might be the only solution, but I hope not. Half the fun of eating at a restaurant is the ambiance!
All of us are experienced foodies. I know he would like a more traditional, brasserie/bistro atmosphere (rather than a haute/minimalist look). Any suggestions at combining great food and old school atmosphere? Budget can go up to about $80-$90 per person.
I was thinking about Comptoir Du Relais (assuming I can get a reservation), but I'm not crazy about the take it or leave it menu? Any thoughts?
By the way, I've been to Paris many times, (my niece lives in the 18th) so I'm a somewhat familiar with the arrondissements.
thanks very much.