Travel to London for Christmas and Paris for New Year’s has become an annual event for our family. This will be my third trip with my wife and our 15 year old son and 20 year old daughter. We’re staying a few blocks from the Sentier metro this year. My cousin who used to live in Torcy once told me you have to visit Paris many times to learn how to visit Paris—being from NYC I get it. We all plan our travel and vacations around food- and my 15 yr old might be the most adventurous of us all- I think offal, pigs feet and chicken bones are his favorite food groups. We’re also pretty hearty eaters.
I’ve read so many threads here and the information is so friendly and thoughtful that I thought I’d take a shot at filling in some blanks and getting your advice. The mistake we’ve made in the past is that we wind up eating a lot of the same type of food and preparations, and although we’ve never had a bad meal, bad wine or bad service anywhere in Paris, I’d like to make sure we are not doing the same thing again, unknowingly.
The only repeats from previous trips on the list are La Bourse et la vie (we love it) and possibly Ellsworth (last year they had a warm Mont D’or that I still dream about) – hesitating on a repeat because I agree with some recent posts that have said I can get close to Ellsworth in NYC, which is true—minus the Mont D’or.
Day 1- Tuesday- Arriving from London in the morning.
Lunch- Breizh Cafe
Dinner- Les Enfants Rouge or La Table d’Aki or Alliance
Lunch-Chez Michel (noon)
Dinner- Verjus (9:45)
Lunch- Arnaud Nicolas
Dinner- La Bourse et la vie
Lunch- L’ami Jean
Dinner- Montee (the rave reviews convinced me to have this be our last restaurant meal in Paris.)
PS. candidates for the open slots are Paul Bert, Au Passage, Les Papilles, Fulgurances (it is always a different Chef?), also my son sent me an article about cheeseburgers being big in Paris now- maybe Big Ferdinand on the night of L'ami Jean. My wife likes Las du falafel, I don't so much.