I'm whittling down my huge list quickly! I posted my "survey" on 3 bulletin boards and the replies have been most helpful. However, there are some places that I was really interested in that have not yet been mentioned, so please give me your comments on the following:
Cafe de la Poste (Time Out guide called their frites "orgasmic"!!)
Petrossian (not just for the caviar...but a dish of coconut-crusted langoustines sounds divine!)
Brasserie de L'Ile St. Louis
Chez Denise (La Tour de Montlhery)
Chez Adrienne (Chez la Vielle)
La Grande Rue
Now for the 2nd list...I want to book one or two special lunches in advance. Not sure if it *really* matters which haute cuisine lunch(es) we have, but here are the ones I'm considering. And since we'll be having our "blow-out dinner" at La Tour d'Argent, the big lunch(es) should probably be different type(s) of food...maybe more contemporary? But I await your comments...esp. which ones have the best value, etc.
Le Grand Vefour
Le Jardin d'Hiver
Les Elysees du Vernet
Thanks again for all of your help!