We're taking a family trip to Paris, arriving 12/22. It will be me, my husband and our 8 year old son. It's really a 15th anniversary trip, but life being what it is, we're bringing the child. Right now I'm working on dinners and the plan is a combination of family dinners out, babysitter for our son/dinner for the 2 of us and a few nights of take out from good prepared food stores. We're staying in the Place des Vosges. Here's what I've got so far:
Arrive Tuesday. Everyone will be tired and we have no idea how jet lagged our son will be, so we'll find good prepared foods and eat in the apartment. I haven't really researched those yet, but if there's something you love in the area, I'd love to know.
Wed: L'Oulette Restaurant for the 2 of us.
Thurs, 12/24: 58 Tour Eiffel? My son loves the idea, they are open and the menu works. But how's the food? And how will the food be on 12/24 or 12/25? Will they offer a "special" menu as restuarants around here (NYC metro area) do on NYE, where special = much more expensive, much more limited and generally not as good because the A team has the holiday off or just can't be bothered? Or can we count on a good meal?
Fri, 12/25: prepared foods in the apartment
Or we can switch the 12/24 and 12/25 plans if it's advisable.
Sat: Special anniversary dinner, just the 2 of us. Probably 2 stars. TBD.
Sun: Chez Janou with our son
Mon: Bistrot L'Oulette with our son
Tues: dinner with our son, preferably in the Marais or pretty close by (it just works better if we're not too far from home by time dinner is done). I'd like something a little different from both Chez Janou and Bistrot L'Oulette, good food, but still something on the more casual and not bizarrely expensive side. A brasserie would be fun and have things on the menu my son would eat, but unless I'm missing something, the general sense seems to be that they've all been bought by Flo and become intensely mediocre.
I know it's not the most special Paris dining trip ever planned, but it's our 3rd trip to Paris and I'm sure it won't be our last. Hopefully, the pleasure of introducing our son to Europe will outweigh the lack of fabulous dining opportunities, she says optimistically.