My husband & I are going to Paris for 3.5 days this coming March. I'm hoping to make some reservations in advance, particularly for dinner. We will arrive 6am on a Wednesday, so lunch/dinner on Wed, Thurs & Fri, and then fly out Sat around noon (suggestion for a light brunch/lunch would be great that day too).
We are both mid-20's, would like to think of ourselves foodies and enjoy (mostly red) wine, so we're hoping to have a fabulous dining experience on this trip. We are staying near in the 16th er./looks like on the boarder with the 8th er., a 5 min walk from Avenue des Champs-Elysées. I'm hoping to avoid having to go too far for dinner, but would be willing to take the bus/metro for a great meal. I am a huge fan of fish, but so much other meats, so places that would have great meats (particularly duck) as well as some sort of veggie/fish option would be ideal. Also suggestions for wine bars would be appreciated, perhaps for a lighter dinner.
After doing some research, I understand that we are very close to Le Cinq (which we might consider for lunch but it's just too expensive for us for dinner...hopefully this will give you an idea of our budget). I'm hoping to stay around $100 USD total, so about $50/person, for a couple of the nights, but have 1 total splurge (possible to stay under $250 total?)
We are also close to Oscar restaurant, which I thought could be one of our nights since it's close and more in our price range (40/45 euro prix-fixe)- thoughts?
I want to make sure we have at least one awesome traditional French meal, and we also love Mediterranean, Italian & Asian/pan-Asian/sushi. I want to to find a yummy place for duck because it's my husband's favorite.
I also wouldn't mind have one or two awesome lunches and having a light dinner on those nights.
We will try to do our 3 days of sight-seeing/exploring in blocks of geographic areas, such as the Eiffel Tower and possibly Musee d'Orsay 1 day, venture over to the Louvre for a morning then Notre Dame another day, and then one day go out to Versailles and come back to explore...(suggestions). Lunches near these places would be great- either like great cafes for quick sandwiches, or restaurants that have both lunch & dinner and would be a good value for lunch (hoping to stay under $15-20 per person for lunch in general, with the exception of a splurge...)
Please let me know what other kind of info. might be helpful. Also, I'd like to know if my food budget/ideas are way off-base, just so I can adjust my expectations.