I'm looking for a lively, classic brasserie for Fruits de Mer and Steak Frites.
We'll be in Paris for five days and plan to dine in several bistros recommended on this site. I'm looking for someplace bustling and quintessentially Paris. I'm hoping you can help. The closest example I can give is Balthazar in New York--loud, bustling, cavernous, great people watching, good food, fun, lively.
We've eaten at La Coupole, and, while I love the ambiance, I don't love the food. Same for Pied de Cochon.
Thoughts? Le Dome Montparnasse (seems more formal than I'm looking for)?