Okay chowhounds, the airline tickets are purchased and Tiffany's and I have narrowed down my token of everlasting love to three choices being flown in for me to examine this week. Now I DESPERATELY need help from the regular Parisian foodies, Burke and Wells are you listening? This is my plan: for my "must have" dining choices I have chosen to visit during lunch with the possibility of doing one reasonably priced restaurant for dinner. For dinner, we will do the bistrots and brasserie list consisting of L'Epi Dupin, L'Avant Gout, La Regalade, Brasserie Flo, Bofinger, Brasserie de l'Ile St Louis and perhaps Les Bookinistes. These will be optional however. Here is the final cut for top tables. Le Grand Vefour (possible question popping venue) L'Astrance, Pierre Gagnaire, and Violin d'Ingres. I have two pertinent questions. 1) Does anyone know POSITIVELY if any of these are open for both lunch and dinner on Christmas day this year or should I plan on Les Ambassadeurs to be safe? 2) Which of these wold be the best bet to bump to dinner versus lunch and still not have to hock my watch. Other details you could help me with: Does anyone have chowhound intelligence about these places such as; best romantic tables, names of stellar waiters, names of Maitre'd s who would be willing to make my meal extra special since this will be the Paris trip of a lifetime? One more slightly food related question. I am stuck in choosing hotels between hotel D'Aubusson and one of a few smaller, less expensive, but perhaps more romantic hotels namely Hotel Recamier, D'Angleterre, or the Esmeralda. I WOULD like two things from my hotel stay a) a concierge with restaurant clout and the power to make my proposal holiday heavenly, and b) a log fire somewhere on the premesis would be a nice winter touch. Okay chowhounds I am faithfully in your hands.
Thanks to all in advance.