i am 10 minutes into planning a week of dining in paris with my wife starting new year's day. she's under the impression i've been planning it for weeks. i know, i know, i should have started sooner.
but with the contrition out on the table, we arrive from munich early monday 1/1, and fly out of cdg mid-day saturday 1/6. we are staying in the 8th.
the challenge (ok, let's call it what it is - me begging for help): design the perfect parisian dining week.
lunch and dinner for monday-friday - and breakfasts too if that makes it more fun. i'm looking at this as kind of a 'what if this were your last week alive' deal: what would those places be?
we don't mind expensive or inexpensive, as long as it's great, isn't touristy, and is memorable. in other words, the 'wow' places. and we don't need to spend the whole time in starred locales - great food and character trumps stars in my book. my french is ok at best but i can survive. (my wife's cute so maybe that will help us not be abused for non-fluency?)
i've gathered the names that seem to pop up repeatedly from most of the paris threads here: taillevent, hiramatsu, chez l'ami jean, les bouquinistes, willy's wine bar, etc - but the list is 50 names long!
so what are the some of your collective top 10 places to fill these 5 lunches and 5 dinners with?
any help appreciated. not sure what incentive i can offer aside from the bemusement of saving my a**, but open to suggestion...