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Racines NY – Reviewed

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The cool thing about living in New York is that chefs and restaurateurs from all over the world want to open up right here in Manhattan. Now you don’t have to go all the way to Paris to try the popular, market-driven wine bar & bistro, Racines, because they just opened a stateside outpost…

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L’Arpege

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When I think of French food, I think of creamy sauces, rich reductions, and decadent meats.  Vegetarian fare?   Now, that’s not...

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La Regalade Conservatoire

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Most of us don’t have the luxury to pick up and spend two, three weeks, or even a month in another country.  (I’m still not...

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Yam’Tcha

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If you’ve spent time traveling abroad, I’m sure you’ve realized it isn’t exactly the easiest thing to make dinner...

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Le Chateaubriand

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Wander by Le Chateaubriand and you’d never guess it was one of the top fifty restaurants in the world, at least according to San...

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Le Relais Louis XIII

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The thing about dining in Paris nowadays is that there are so many modern French restaurants that it’s hard to find a traditional,...

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Breizh Cafe

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You can’t go to Paris and not eat crepes.  Quelle sacrilege!  After all, crepes are one of France’s most beloved street foods,...

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Saturne

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There’s a new school of, well, new restaurants in Paris that all seem a lot alike, so I was worried Saturne would feel like deja vu....

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Rech

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Talk about an underrated restaurant: Not once did anyone mention Rech when recommending restaurants to visit in Paris.  That’s a...

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Astrance

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As a foodie, I’ve always wanted to eat at Astrance.   It’s one of those great dining legends you hear about, hoping one day...

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Le Comptoir Du Relais

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Some restaurants have that certain magic you can’t quite put into words.   You know, one of those spots that everyone wants to not...

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Le Dome Cafe

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If you’re looking for an old school brasserie to sup on oysters and Chablis, Le Dome in Montparnasse is a fine idea.  (Ernest...

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Florence Kahn

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You wouldn’t expect to find a boulangerie in the heart of the Marais named after the first Jewish woman to serve in the United States Congress. But there’s nothing American about this shop, easily identifiable by its beautiful, blue and white tile mosaic on the facade. (It’s actually a Paris landmark, which originally opened back in 1932.) In fact, it’s one of the last standing, traditional Jewish bakeries in Paris’s Jewish Quarter, and undoubtedly the best, especially for Pre-War Europe classics…

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Restaurant Spotting: Le Cirque Revitalized

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Unlike tourists meccas like Tavern on the Green, Le Cirque has always been an iconic haven for local glitterati — such as Barbara Walters and Michael Bloomberg, who owns the glass-fronted, u-shaped building where Le Cirque is now housed. Recently, Le Cirque got a new chef and with it a menu makeover, making it worth a revisit…

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Marche President Wilson

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Marché President Wilson is proof that outdoor markets don’t have to be ‘rough and tumble’ so to speak. In fact, this one on the luxe Avenue President Wilson just across from the Seine River is one situated on a very wide and stunning street in the 16th arrondissement. What that means in layman’s terms is room to wander without elbowing your way down the shopping aisles. There’s plenty of room to wander in peace in this airy, al fresco marche with top-notch ingredients (the best in Paris). Look no further than the fish stalls to see the impeccable spreads of seafood & fish – from six types of Escargot to eight varieties of Shrimp, beautiful St. Pierre, Turbot, Flounder, and heaps more all displayed on ice. That’s just the beginning…

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Marche Bastille

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There is no shortage of outdoor food markets in Paris, that’s for sure, but some are way better than others, and Bastille happens to be my favorite. Why? Because there’s so much variety. The biggest problem is how much there is just how bustling and big it is. My advice is to do a dry run without stopping to shop to get the lay of the land, which involves a hefty slew of produce stands, several local cheese and fish shops, bread stalls, spices, nuts, olives, you name it. I say go hungry, and preferably on a Sunday morning, when you can make a pit stop at…

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Le Coq Rico

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Planning a visit to the famed Sacré-Couer in Montmartre?  There aren’t a lot of great dining options in this neck of the woods,...

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Terroir Parisien

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I’ve eaten more than my fair share of tarte tatin in France and beyond, and I simply can’t find one that comes close to Yannick Alleno’s...

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Cherche Midi – Reviewed

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It’s amazing how a few tweaks can transform a space into a whole new restaurant. What was once a chichi pizza joint named Pulino’s has been triumphantly reinvented as a French bistro called Cherche Midi. Cherche Midi is a total looker. The checkered floors have been replaced with classic bistro, hexagon tile floors, the brick walls are no more, and the glaring fluorescent lighting has made way for soft globes…

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Brasserie Thoumieux

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The room itself is almost worth a visit to this stylish haunt adjacent to the Hotel Le Thomieux in the 7th arrondissement.  Really, all...

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