I've been tasked by my friends with planning the food itinerary for our Parisian adventure in two weeks' time. My last trip to there was in 2007 when I stayed in St. Germain and had no plan whatsoever. This time I want to make sure I hit up worthy spots.
One of my travel buddies is not an adventurous eater (she's American), and will not eat things like foie gras or offal or game meat. But as long as we go to a restaurant that has other options, she will be fine.
That said, here's our limits: We're staying in an apt in the 4th, near the Pompidou. My friends prefer to eat in for dinner to save money and since we will have access to a kitchen. So we are looking mostly for LUNCH recommendations near the 4th (let's say no more than a 20 minute metro ride away, and we are from NYC so we are walkers).
Budget: €25 pp excl. drinks
Cuisine: Mainly French/home-style cooking. Would prefer to stay away from fusion that incorporates Asian cuisine, since my friend is not a fan of anything beyond standard Americanized Chinese crap. But fusion of any other cultures should be fine. She also doesn't care much for fine-dining.
We will be there in mid-April.
*Bonus question: The trip is mainly for my birthday, so I'm also looking for one restaurant where I could have a nice birthday dinner in Paris after biking in Versailles. Budget would be €40 pp.