At the impossibly-young age of 24, Arnaud Nicolas achieved one of the highest honors in gastronomy, the title Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), for his talent in charcuterie. Fourteen years later, he opened an ambitious shop and restaurant near the Eiffel Tower with the explicit
Le Grand Bain, the new Belleville address from Edward Delling-Williams (formerly Au Passage) is a great place to eat well and to drink natural wine while surrounded by the joyful cacophony of Belleville.
Sometimes in life we chase after the jerks who play hard-to-get and we ignore the nice, stable options who just want to treat us right. Le Villaret is the homely neighborhood bistro that I never appreciated until I stopped looking for love at Le Baratin and Le Repaire de Cartouche.
Chef Philippe Damas is showcasing the season’s best ingredients (porcinis, partridges) at this this bistro near the Canal Saint-Martin.
You can only reserve for the first seating at Le Chateaubriand. After that, you’ll have to wait in line with everyone else for a stab at Iñaki Aizpitarte’s unique menu.
We have not yet visited Le Bel Ordinaire, which combines an épicerie (grocery and wine shop) with a wine bar and cave à manger. Scroll down to read some of the early reviews. Practical Information Address: 54 Rue de Paradis, 75010 Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday. Open for lunch
French bistro food, expertly executed by chef David Rathgeber. Classics like cassoulet, tête de veau and escargot, created with fresh ingredients for local clients.
Food and wine pilgrims, particularly those who read the New York Times or watch Anthony Bourdain, are willing to climb the hill for this Belleville institution. Raquel Carena tends the fire, offering her own personal brand of bistro cooking – sometimes delicate, sometimes hearty, always
Chez la Vieille is an interesting, if ultimately confusing place to eat. Daniel Rose’s 2016 takeover of this beloved institution was motivated by love and respect for its history (read more about that here), and for the kind of classic bistro cooking that seems to
Practical information Address: 31 rue Lepic, 75018 Nearest transport: Abbesses (12), Blanche (2) Hours: Open every day from 8:30am Reservations: Reservations not accepted Telephone: 01 84 79 23 40 Average price for lunch: Less than 10€ Style of cuisine: Baked goods, soups/salads/sandwiches Website Facebook Photo via
Practical information Address: 60 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006 Nearest transport: Rennes (12), Vaneau (10) Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome Telephone: 06 88 88 48 23 Average price for lunch: 20-39€ Average price for dinner: 20-39€ Style of
Astrance currently holds the #4 ranking in our list of our favorite Tasting Menus over 100€. Practical information Address: 4 rue Beethoven, 75016 Nearest transport: Passy (6) Hours: Closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Friday. Reservations: Book many weeks in advance Telephone: 01 40 50 84
The inspired cooking from Romain (formerly at Le Comptoir and La Régalade Saint-Honore) goes well beyond the satisfying sausage & mash of the old carte and Margaux’s service and wine selections make this a place where you’ll want to become a regular.
Clown Bar currently holds the #5 spot in our list of favorite restaurants for small sharable plates. The team from Saturne has taken over the historic bar near Cirque d’Hiver. The beautiful Belle Epoque space remains (tastefully) decorated with clowns, but the menu has been seriously revived
Le Grand Restaurant currently holds the #3 ranking in our list of our favorite Tasting Menus over 100€. Practical information Address: 7 rue d’Aguesseau, 75008 Nearest transport: Madeleine (8, 12, 14) Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner Reservations: Book a few weeks
A truly mixed crowd packs this Oberkampf wine bar, for natural wine and small plates.
The Bistrot Paul Bert currently holds the #4 ranking in our list of favorite Classic Bistros in Paris. The Bistrot Paul Bert boasts of the most charming dining rooms and patrons in town, appearing to first-time visitors like the Paris bistro of their dreams. Their menu is torn
The many fans of Café Oberkampf will rejoice at the opening of a sister restaurant with longer hours and online reservations. With its light and airy interior, friendly staff, and an addictive breakfast roll, Café Méricourt is currently our #1 favorite place for breakfast or brunch in Paris.
Frenchman Thomas Abramowicz spent a year training in central Texas and tracking down everything he would need (meat, wood, Bourbon) to open the first authentic smokehouse in Paris. Beef is king here, in the form of slow and low smoked brisket and gigantic ribs, but barbecued
Practical information Address: 3 rue Richer, 75009 Nearest transport: Cadet (7), Grands Boulevards (8, 9) Hours: Closed Saturday and Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner Reservations: Book a few days in advance Telephone: 01 47 70 67 31 Website Facebook Book Online L’Office in
Ingredient fetishists will appreciate Sven Chartier’s reverence for product, and devotees of natural wines will love Ewan Lemoigne’s list.
Yam’Tcha currently holds the #2 ranking in our list of our favorite Tasting Menus over 100€. Universally praised Franco-Chinois fare from Adeline Grattard, and all but impossible to book. The restaurant moved to a new location at 121 rue saint Honoré, 75001 in June 2015 and converted their old
The couple behind Hidden Kitchen now has a very public showcase for the bold, refined, contemporary American cooking that earned them a loyal following over the years. For a less expensive, small-plates redux, visit the wine bar downstairs.
Chef Tomy Gousset is executing some of the tastiest dishes in town at this new restaurant in Les Halles. Pirouette is also one of the best values in town right now – only 15€ for lunch and 36€ at dinner for beautiful food that could stand up against Frenchie or Septime.
Ellsworth currently holds the #3 spot in our list of favorite restaurants for small sharable plates. Following their success with Verjus, where the more elaborate formula of dégustation + wine pairings has drawn a loyal following of happy locals and visiting celebrities, Braden Perkins and Laura Adrian have decided to
David Toutain currently holds the #5 position in our ranking of favorite Tasting Menus over 100€. David Toutain, who brought acclaim to Agapé Substance before jumping ship back in December 2012, returned to the Paris scene with this signature restaurant in 2013. His meticulous and conceptual cooking highlights seasonal produce,
An offshoot of one our absolute favorites L’Office, you can stop by this former corner café at all hours of the day and night (sans reservation) for snacks, small plates, decent coffee, cocktails, or an evening meal.
This popular restaurant and wine bar run by Drew Harre and Juan Sanchez is a sort of Anglo haven, excellent for a quick glass, a solo dinner at the bar, or for those times when you’re just tired of speaking French.
After L’Office and Le Richer (one of our favorite new openings of 2013), Charles Compagnon is back with another gift for the Faubourg. If he has run out of ideas for restaurant names, the same cannot be said for the dishes coming out of his kitchen. The compact menu
One of our Top 50 Paris Restaurants (small sharable plates). Boasting one of the city’s best selections of wine by the glass, Freddy’s is a great call when you want to share some delicious nibbles while perched on a stool, especially at odd hours or on