Le Rigmarole opened in October 2017 and has delighted me more than any other restaurant this year. The menu is an improbable collection of dishes inspired by French-American chef Robert Compagnon’s clear obsession with Japan and his skill with yakitori, but in addition to skewers
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
Septime currently holds the #1 ranking in our list of our favorite Tasting Menus under 100€. First, the bad news: you’re probably not going to get into Septime. Not unless you’re willing to call exactly three weeks before your desired reservation, and probably not even then.
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.
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.
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
We’re falling more in love with Tomy & Co. with each visit, and have elevated this to our #1 favorite Paris restaurant for modern & creative cuisine. Chef Tomy Gousset’s cuisine is thrillingly modern, and he’s a master of using herbs, acidity and texture to elevate sometimes humble ingredients like beef tongue or tête de veau.
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.
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.
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 is included among 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 40 Website Facebook Instagram Astrance
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
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.
At this beautiful restaurant in the underserved district just north of Les Halles, serious technique is brought to bear on beautiful veggies and offal alike. The consistently delicious dishes, the polished room and the very good wine list all add up to something that’s much
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.