I am traveling to Paris in late April and have been reading the boards, obviously people have different favorites for different reasons.
I thought maybe people could help me out if I told them which places I prefer in to eat at in New York and why.
Per Se - food did nothing for me, they couldn't have been more attentive, etc not unpleasant but would never go back especially for the price.
Daniel - again lovely, but food did nothing for me, and I have been several times but wouldn't go by choice
Le Bernadin - some of the best food ever, I wish the dining room's style was less business lunch, but I will always return
Jean George - love, love, love the $32.00 lunch, (yes, i spend the cash I save on good wine) beautiful room, lovely treatment, food sometimes great sometimes a miss but the price is so good it doesn't really matter
Marea - all Michael White restaurants are overrated in my opinion, it was about the scene not the food, and they tried hard (was there with someone with connections)
Blue Hill (Stone Barns) - love the food, sometime pure genius, atmosphere is fine
Babbo - nice evening, some great pasta, not always sure what the fuss was about
Peter Luger - it is all about the great steak
La Grenouille - loved the atmosphere, lovely meal, food beautifully done but not earth shattering
Gramercy Tavern - never like my meals here, even though I "know" it is a good restaurant, I don't know why
L'Atelier - was mediocre at best
Cafe Boulud - was just there recently, totally uninspired food - not bad just nothing memorable about the evening at all. I'm glad I wasn't paying!
Union Square Cafe - I like to eat at the bar
Milos Estarios - delicious but ridiculously expensive
I've never really had the opportunity to eat well in Paris only due to circumstances beyond my control. (traveling with young children and/or in-laws, alone young and broke, etc).
If I didn't have only 4 full days in Paris I would just experiment, but with such limited time and not knowing when I will return, I'd like to be more careful.
So if the above is any help I am looking to have lunch at one or two of the 1, 2 or 3 star restaurants. The choice of lunch is in part cost related. Dinner is an option as long as it isn't hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of euros.
Which fine dining experiences do you think are a good fit for me?
On the more casual side Chez Dumonet is on my list. I've given up at even trying to get a reservation at Frenchie. :)
I'm on purpose not filling in what restaurants I have in mind as to not influence anyone's response. If you would like more information I'd be happy to add some restaurants that I've been pondering.
Also, I'm going with my boyfriend, so romance is a factor in the decision.