Hi- So a classmate and I are graduating from medical school next week and will be in Paris the first week of June. Her parents have offered us a blowout dinner anywhere we like. I have been to many Paris three-stars, including Pierre Gagnaire, Arpege, Le Meurice, and Alain Ducasse, as well as former three-stars (Grand Vefour, Taillevent, Lucas Carton), and a number outside Paris (Veyrat, Bras, Roellinger). My friend has only had one serious dinner in Paris in her life, and that was ten years ago at Le Pre Catalan. So I'm torn: I like to have new experiences, so naturally I'm attracted to L'Astrance, as well as to Guy Savoy and Le Bristol. But I want to give my friend an unforgettable experience, especially since it's on her parents' dime. Of the restaurants I've been to, I'm inclined to return for dinner to Arpege, where I had a revelatory lunch a couple of years ago. Any advice from the experts on this forum?
Also, I wonder if people can suggest some delicious Paris bistros for lunch/dinner on other days. I don't have it in me to fight for reservations at Frenchie, Chateaubriand, Comptoir etc., so I'm especially thinking of places that are utterly delicious but not trendy-delicious. Thanks!