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Paris Restaurants Short List

Paris Restaurants Short List

Christian Boyens, general manager of the Ritz Paris—currently undergoing renovations—reveals his short list for where to eat in the City of Light.

First Arr.-Verjus ($$$$): French farm food, great setting. Kinugawa ($$$): Japanese bento boxes for lunch.

Second Arr.-Chez Georges (pictured; 1 Rue du Mail; $$$): well-preserved classic, market-fresh specials. Le Mesturet ($$): real Parisian bistro, good price-to-quality ratio. Le Petit Vendôme ($$): hole-in-the-wall for lunch; get the escalope de veau with mushrooms.

Third Arr.-Derrière ($$$): young, eclectic scene, great patio, table tennis, rotisserie ham. Chez Janou ($$$): French bistro, get the duck and the chocolate mousse; fish soup only so-so.

Fifth Arr.-Sola par Hiroki.Y ($$$$): cute Latin Quarter Japanese-French, 10-course set menu.

Sixth Arr.-Le Comptoir du Relais ($$$): terrific brasserie food, bustling atmosphere; no reservations, so go before or after lunch to avoid queue.

Eighth Arr.-Neva Cuisine (2 Rue du Berne; $$$): food creative and solid; reasonable wine list with small-production Burgundies.

17th Arr.-Chez Gabrielle (7 Rue de l’Étoile; $$$): tiny restaurant, good food; tell Nathalie I sent you.

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