My wife and I are about to embark on a 5 day trip to Paris next week for our anniversary -- we've never been, and are very excited. We're native New Yorkers, and are looking forward to visiting another culinary mecca (as well as taking in the sights). For some background, we definitely enjoy modern, inventive cuisine (e.g., Aronia de Takazawa in Tokyo and Alinea), though we also really appreciate excellent and well-crafted meals (e.g., Le Bernadin, French Laundry) as well as some with an Asian tilt (e.g., L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Momofuku Ko).
This board (as it always is) has been incredible for tips and pointers. Based on the advice of many threads, I have made the following bookings:
- Day 1 (arrival in the afternoon): Dinner @ L'ami Jean
- Day 2: Dinner @ L'Agape Substance
- Day 3: Lunch @ L'Arpege, Dinner @ Le Chateaubriand
- Day 4: Lunch @ Le Cinq
- Day 5 (Sunday): Open.
I was aiming to get a variety of restaurant types as well as different vibes.
Some questions for the experts on this board would greatly be appreciated! To start:
- Do people think this is this already too much on our plates? I'm thinking of moving Le Cinq to Sunday lunch (if possible), just to give a breather between meals; we'd ideally also like to partake in pastries as well as the other goodies we're bound to find in Paris... Are we biting off too much? (Obviously, we'd like some time to see other things than the insides of restaurants... but then again, if the food is the highlight, maybe not). And is there something to be said about being a little less planned and more spontaneous w/ lunches and dinners, or is it par for the course to try to have reservations lined up for all meals?
- If we were to squeeze an additional meal, Passage 53 seems to be consistently mentioned... is this different enough from what we have already reserved? (L'Astrance, sadly, is booked solid it seems) Or is there another one that might complement our existing choices better?
- Are there restaurants that people might feel are tired/not worth it on our list?
- All of our dinner reservations are at 8pm -- I've read this is considered early by Parisian standards; in particular, with regards to Le Chateaubriand, everyone talks about the no-reservation second seating @ 9:30 -- is the meal that much different? Is it worth going to restaurants later (if the earlier service is worse)?
Thanks so much in advance for any pointers/tips!