Let me begin by saying how fun and exciting it is to return to regularly perusing this board! I'm so grateful that after a number of years hiatis, I still find the regular local posters willingly sharing their knowledge and opinions in response to the often irritatingly repetitive questions.
We'll be coming in the second half of May for 8 nights (yes, I'm starting early!)and staying in an apartment on rue saint sebastien in the 11th. I don't drink alcohol at all so we're not really considering wine bars. Our favorite is classic old French but we want some variation that includes modern French and also Basque influenced. Here's the list of possibilities so far:
L’ Ober Sale
Bistro Paul Bert
Glou (for a last minute or maybe Sunday)
Régalade (the original and the only repeat on the list. We've loved it always but wonder how it compares to some of the others on the list.)
Anything we should eliminate right off? If any of these are too similar, which would you recommend? Saving money is good but we'll take quality over discount any time.
We'll mostly be doing dinner, probably wanting to make reservations for 5-6 of our 8 nights. Lunches will consist of mostly pastry and an occasional salad :).
As with every trip to Paris, I'm undecided about a Michelin starred lunch special. We've done Guy Savoy, Le Cinq (3 times!)and Rostang. I love the experience (dressing up, fabulous service, gorgeous presentation etc) but have sometimes felt that the food itself wasn't worth the money and perhaps there are places where we could have some of what I love about a more upscale special restaurant for a little less cash? Thoughts?