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Looking for néo-bistrots with a non-francophile French girl

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Looking for néo-bistrots with a non-francophile French girl

sarah2k | Mar 1, 2011 04:24 AM

I'm going to Paris with my friend (who is French) for four days. I'm a New Yorker, but both of us live in Marseille.

She wants to do all these American style things, which is kind of... awkward. Breakfast in America or something like that? Um.. pass? Also she's all excited to go to l'As du Falafel... which I've been to. Hopefully I can talk her out of both options.

In any case, I know she won't want to do like magret de canard, steak frites, etc etc. So I tried coming up with a list of options that could satisfy us both. Interesting stuff you can't find elsewhere, but inventive, not something she'll have eaten a million times. We haven't made any reservations yet, and I'm afraid it may be too late for places like Frenchie that are usually booked for a month. But, we'll always try calling the day of to see if anyone cancelled. We're leaving... like in two days. I didn't really plan this very well obviously.

In any case - any feedback on this (admittedly huge) list of possibilities that I've put together for us?

Frenchie (even though we won't get in..)
L'Avant Goût
Derrière
L'Entêtée
Jadis
Le Baratin
Le Pré Verre
Le Gaigne
L'Avant Comptoir
L'Epigramme
Les Itinéraires
Les Papilles
Le Chateaubriand
Afaria
Le Beurre Noisette (I figured if we can't get into Afaria this could be our second choice... or should it be the other way around?)
L'agrume
L'Épi Dupin
Bistrot Paul Bert

Thanks for any help!

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