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Lively, bustling Paris eatery with great food?

wittlejosh | | Oct 5, 2008 06:10 AM

Headed to Paris in a few weeks, with a serious lineup that includes Arpege, Joel Robuchon, Sensing, Meurice, Le Dome (for the butter wth the side of sole!), and more.

What the itinerary missing is a place (for the last night, a Friday) that feels really urban and lively---not just for gastronomic pilgrims seeking to become one with the meal, but a loud, bustling, Parisian atmosphere where the food is also excellent. Probably a step up from a brasserie.

Know what I mean? I could take a stab at it looking at old postings and various online sources, but "lively vibes" tend to change like crazy. If I had a hip buddy who lived in Paris, I'd ask him or her, but I lack that.

Any thoughts?

Is Le Baratin what I'm looking for? Chateaubriand? Something totally, totally different? Don't mind hitting one of the outer arondissements, if necessary.

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