I, a native New Yorker, unabashed foodie,and adventurous cook, am taking my first trip to Paris in about a month with my California-born-and-raised boyfriend, who's been to Paris several times and spent summers in France. I am trying to do the impossible: find a restaurant in Paris that we will both love for our last night in town.
I'm looking for somewhere that will have a creative menu, particularly one focused on ingredients and technique I might not find in the states (I have always had an interest in local, seasonal food) and a memorable setting. You might say, since it will be my first time there, that I'm looking for a sort of archetypal Paris dining experience, but I definitely appreciate adventurous, modern chefs.
For my boyfriend's sake, though, I'd like to find someplace with an ambience that will not be so formal as to make him uncomfortable, and where he'll have the option, if he so chooses, to order a meal that might be a little less wild than I would go for.
I am happy to do lunch instead of dinner, if need be, but I'd like to get out for under 250E for the two of us. Dinner impossible?