Hi, we will be in Paris the week of 26 December through 2 January in an apartment rented in the 7e on Rue de Grunelle. I know that we are many months away, I can't help starting the planning process now and we are looking for a good New Year's Eve option in Paris, as well as general restaurant recommendations. Though we are considering staying in on NYE (with wine, oysters, etc), we'd also like the option of a fantastic Parisian meal, but we'd like to avoid the typical US NYE meal (read: overpriced and bland). Where would be your ideal NYE destination in Paris?
Based on the general sentiment it seems that we would be remiss to not have lunch at Le Cinq. What are the other not-to-be-missed Parisian food experiences? This will not be purely a foodie trip, but we'd like to complement our trip with several memorable meals.
Lastly, we are considering a cooking class in Paris (perhaps combined with a market visit). Is this worthwhile or just a tourist trap? Is there any particular operator/host that you might recommend?