Hi all -
I'm looking for some advice on places to eat during an upcoming stay in Paris. More details are below and I appreciate any guidance!
My husband and I will be visiting Paris for 9 days in mid-March 2011 for a belated honeymoon. We are both very excited, but also a little intimidated. Obviously there are so many options and opportunities to experience delicious food, and we're not sure where to start. We have to be cost conscious, so will probably only make dinner plans two or three nights during our stay. We are hoping to hit suggested restaurants during lunchtime. Any spots we should try for lunch or dinner? We like all kinds of food (I especially enjoy sweets and pastries), all kinds of atmospheres. We are interested in trying Le Comptoir, Frenchie, Le Chateaubriand (on Avenue Parmentier), and Rose Bakery. Obviously there is a very strong chance we won't be able to get a table at the first three places listed, and I'm not entirely sure all of them offer lunch. But I wanted to throw them in there to give you an idea of where we're coming from.
In terms of price, we are not sure what the price of a good meal is worth at lunchtime in Paris, but if I were to throw out a number I would say we'd like to keep it between 15 and 20 Euros per person.
We are staying at three different hotels - one in the 3e arr, 5e, and 20e. This doesn't matter so much - we are willing to travel well beyond where we are staying.
We are also nervous about the language barrier - we are American, and while neither of us are fluent, we both studied French but have not conversed in many years. We are worried that if our French is too poor it will severely alter the trip, though we are starting to brush up now.
Any restaurant suggestions? Language tips? Idea on the best way to snag a table at Le Comptoir for lunch?