My husband and I are going to Paris at the end of May for only 2 nights. Can you recommend some nice, authentic, not touristy brasseries for lunch and dinner? We like nice meals with a good atmosphere, but we're not interested in paying an arm and a leg for a meal (we do that in the States!). We're staying in the 5th arr.
On a separate note, is it worth busting out my rather broken conversational French while we're there? I took French for 9 years and I'm a little rusty, but all is not lost. I just don't want to offend anyone. :)