I've read many, many posts on this forum and hope I have learned from them. My husband and I will be in Paris 12/18 through 01/03. While many of the top-tier restaurants are closed, there are still plenty of good choices. I want to be realistic and not overschedule. I'd appreciate some opinions, please.
Friday, 12/19: Guy Savoy for lunch. This is the last day they're open until Jan. 6th, so it's take it or leave it. I'll take it.
Saturday, 12/20: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon for the early dinner seating. We'll still be shaking off jet lag, so I think an early dinner will suit us well.
Tuesday, 12/23: Senderens for lunch. Gives us time to do a little Christmas shopping in the 1st, then a walk along the Champs-Elysees, to see the Christmas lights after sunset.
Saturday, 12/27: Dinner at La Cantine du Faubourg. Not the height of chowdom, but it looks like a fun place to be on a Saturday night without going to a nightclub. Cool atmosphere. Reminds me of Stephen Starr's restaurants in Philadelphia.
Sunday, 12/28: Hidden Kitchen. Because I'll be wanting to have some real conversations in English by then, for sure. And have some good food.
Tuesday, 12/30: L'Astrance for lunch. Because it sounds too good to miss. But I'm wondering, does anyone know if the prices will be increased for lunch on 12/31? That would open up a sightseeing day, and it would be great to have a fabulous lunch on New Year's Eve. I am sure dinner will be astronomical, but lunch? Anyone know?
My only shot at L'Ami Jean will be 12/18, because they will be closed 12/21 through 01/02. We arrive that morning and are staying a few blocks away. Am I pushing it if I try for dinner that evening? It may be that we will be too tired and cranky to deal with the boisterous atmosphere. Can anyone enlighten me on their hours? Maybe it will work if I can get an early dinner.
I'm leaving the rest open for now and, with the help of Chowhound, Pudlo, Michelin, and Alexander lobrano, I am compiling a list of more affordable places, which I can wait a bit on. I don't want to be too locked in, but I do want to have some structure and some definite plans. We have an apartment, so we'll be eating in for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve, at minimum.
It's not all about the food - I want to be able to see the sights as well - but I do want some great food experiences.
Many thanks for any insight you can offer.