I know, I know, these places are touristy, but I've been to Paris many times and am taking my 20-year old niece who has never been. This type of brasserie is, imho, an absolute must for a first-timer. Maybe not the most spectacular cuisine in Paris, but oh, the atmosphere! I've been to Au Pied de Cochon more than once so I'm quite familiar w/it's pros & cons. However, I've never been to Bofinger (mostly because I try to avoid the evil Group Flo!) so I'm leaning toward Bofinger just so that I can see it. Of course, either will be a fun experience for my little cupcake. The whole idea is atmosphere and fun! Please 'hounds, weigh in if you have strong opinions on which is the better choice. I'm throwing Chartier into the mix also so please feel free to weigh in on that as well. (I'm talking about dinner, either on a Friday around 10:00 p.m. or Sunday around 9:00 p.m.) Thank you!