One of my favorite French chefs has a feature story in the NY Times. Check the url below.
I'm reluctant to recommend Helene's restaurant to just anybody because I've witnessed too many American diners make fools of themsleves in her Paris restaurant. Why don't lazy Americans who demand that everything be English in a foriegn country stay home?
So, if you don't know some French, especially food items, and you have trouble checking your loud, pompous, demanding arrogance at the door, I recommend you stay away from Helene's treasure palace.
For everyone else, Helene Darroze is a very special evening in a city known for fantastic food. Of all the four-star places I've been to in Paris, I continually return to Helene Darroze. Not only is the evening almost affordable but the food and wine are spectacular and, in my not-so-humble opinion, worth so much more. Plus, the formal dining room upstairs is one of the most romantic dining rooms in Paris. It's perfect for lovers and perfect for people who love dining with the French.
La bonne chance et le bon appétit!