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Advice on our reservations at Pierre Gagnaire and L'Arpege - and a few questions

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Advice on our reservations at Pierre Gagnaire and L'Arpege - and a few questions

ManhattanLawyer | May 27, 2010 10:51 AM

Hello,

My husband I have reservations for dinner next month at both of these restaurants. After spending countless hours reading everyone's helpful reviews it seems like these places will both offer a unique experience from the other - hopefully with delicious food to match!

I have a few questions:
1) Both offer tasting menus, if I'm not mistaken. Are these set menus or can you mention foods you really love or don't love/can't eat (I'm allergic to a few foods)? Are there any signature dishes at either restaurant I should know about and request?

2) Would you recommend wine pairings? Usually my husband and I prefer to order a bottle of wine when we dine because we don't always love the wine pairings, but I realize it might be different at these restaurants.

3) I've seen some reviews mention that you just order tap water since bottled water is so expensive and due to the environment. Is this frowned upon at the restaurants?

4) My husband and I don't speak French and are probably on the very young end of diners they usually encounter. We have eaten at countless Michelin restaurants around the world but none in Paris (last time we were there we were 18 so we didn't really have the means to be dining at these places!). Thus, we are experienced diners despite our age and we know how to comport ourselves. However, as non-French-speaking, young Americans, I am nervous that we will receive poorer service than others around us might receive. Should I be worried about this?

Thank you for your advice. I'm sure I will be following up with casual restaurant recommendations shortly!

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