looks like we'll be going to london and paris for what's turning into an annual trip. this past time, i enjoyed gare au gorille, les climats and pierre sang oberkampf but didn't really enjoy grand coeur or a noste. we're staying in the 2nd and ive found that since we're only in town for 3 full days, i prefer eating in the heart of the city rather than traveling out of the way for some local gem. i also found that i dont enjoy the americanization of paris restaurants and (while there will be other americans dining with us), i prefer not dining at a restaurant that is almost exclusively americans. i also prefer lively places than sedate and empty restaurants.
that being said, we'll be in town on a monday, tuesday and wednesday night before flying back on thursday. here's what i came up with...please let me know if you have any thoughts:
mon dinner: la bourse et la vie...we skipped this the last time we were in town but loved le coucou so much, we figure this is a no brainer on a monday night. other ideas were papillon or le galopin. is le galopin still a solid option?
tue lunch: septime...ive never been and we enjoyed gare au gorille so we assume lunch is an inexpensive investment to try this place once and for all. i know there's recent grumbles of a decline.
tue dinner: tomy and co looked good to us. it's in the 7th so a change of pace. other option was juveniles. is juveniles any good?
wed lunch: fulgurances. another place we skipped last trip and it looks like a good option. only question is whether its empty and quiet for lunch.
wed dinner: clown bar? i was on the fence on this as i imagine its popular with tourists but the menu looks solid and its the only night we'd be able to go. other option was clamato but as we're in nyc, is the seafood offered inventive or something perhaps i may have access to here in town.
thur lunch: one final meal...we were thinking yam'tcha, l'astrance or les climats again since we enjoyed it so much previously. how much is yam'tcha set menu for lunch roughly? how hard is a lunch reservation at l'astrance? is it worth it?