Bonjour à tous! For a one-week trip (next week), first-time Paris visitor but have spent a lot of time in other French cities (Montpellier, Toulouse, Nîmes) and in the countryside, fluent enough in French to call and make telephone reservations, I have the following reserved (where possible) or planned, with a few questions for the resident experts. We're staying in the St. Paul area of the Marais for the first half and near Batignolles in the 17e for the second. Restaurant plans, hoping to mix modern and trad Parisian and influenced in part by locations, are:
Le Petit Celestin
La Cantine de Quentin 10e
Kitchen Ter(re) (what is with the parentheses?)
Le Chanard (rue St. Paul)
Le Bouchon et l'Assiette
Chez Léon (not the chain, brunch before flight home)
La Closerie des Lilas (late night after-theater)
Comme Chez Maman
VIns des Pyrenées, Bubar, Sherry Butt, Chez Janou, Long Bar (Hotel Royal Monçeau, Bar Arbane (because it's on the street where Therèse Raquin lived and Barbara sang), Wim à Table.
A few questions:
1. Any recommendations for a place for an aperitif, maybe some charcuterie or tapas, for pre-theater (6 pm or so) between Passage Panorama and the Theatre Porte St. Martin? As a general question, is it acceptable in such places to get such a snack in the early evening or are you using one of the tables they need for diner?
2. For a pre – 3 pm Philharmonic concert, Bistro Les Pantins looks promising. I assume I can go for lunch at 12:30 when they open and be done in time to walk to the Cité de Musique without time pressure?
3. Sort of the same question for Kitchen Ter(re)? With a 1 pm lunch res., will I have any problem getting to the Opera Garnier for the 3:30 tour, being the kind of person who finds things to worry about and don't want to ruin my lunch?
4. Any recommendations for a quick light bite in or near Guyancourt (Yvelines) before a sat. evening music club show?
5. Any comments on the bars? I can't make it to all of them.
Merci en avance!