Hi -- I know there are a billion posts about Paris; I'm in the [overwhelming] process of going through them. But meantime, here are my perhaps more specific questions. We're going to be in Paris for two nights -- Sunday and Monday, which are Nights of Restaurant Death, I know -- in November. We are not interested in schmancy or "Classic French" or howevermany Michelin stars; rather, I want to take my husband (who, horror of horrors, has never been there) to a couple of places -- bistrots? brasseries? -- that are just so totally Paris. Old-fashioned (or, rather, just OLD -- ie not "old-fashioned" as in stuffy), you know, like the places of which NY's Les Halles and Balthazar are the Epcot versions. So:
1. uh, what's the difference between a bistrot and a brasserie?
2. any recommendations for lunch, snacks, etc. in the Jewish quarter?
3. and the main question: where should we have dinner? actually, I guess we don't want to eat in the exact same type of place both night: recommendations for how to mix it up (w/two types of "totally Paris" restaurants)?
4. bonus: anyone know the name of the cafe somewhere sort of across from the Louvre (on the street parallel to the Tuileries) with the INSANE thick hot chocolate? Went there once ages ago but can't quite conjure it up.
Thanks so much. I know there'll be some overlap here with other posts (again, I'm still digging through); grateful for whatever you can offer.