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1. Le Servan32 Rue Saint Maur, Paris
2. Porte 1212 rue des Messageries, Paris
3. Les Déserteurs46 rue Trousseau, Paris
4. Pierre Sang on Gambey6, rue Gambey, Paris
5. Restaurant PAGES4, rue Auguste Vacquerie, Paris
6. Will75 rue Crozatier, Paris
7. Alain Ducasse au Plaza AthénéeAvenue de Montaigne 25, Paris
8. The Beast27 rue Meslay, Paris
9. Restaurant David Toutain29 Rue Surcouf, Paris
10. SŌMA13 Rue Saintonge, Paris
This 11th arrondissement gastropub is run by a pair of sisters who seriously know their stuff, serving seasonal cuisine infused with cultural flavors from outside of France for about 20-25€ a pop.
Enter the copper door of the former textile and lingerie atelier, and be ready to enjoy the work of Chef Vincent Crepel, with everything from mackerel served with cucumber sorbet to cuttlefish. Reasonably priced lunch menus will keep you coming back.
Located in the hub of Paris’ neo-bistro scene, Les Déserteurs is housed in the old Rino restaurant, and the focus is on fresh, market produce and a solid wine list. That means an ever-changing seasonal menu served in four or six courses.
This restaurant is housed in a former printing shop, and it’s two full floors devoted to eating. With Korean and French roots, Sang’s cooking is inspired by two continents, and you never know what you’re going to get. There’s no phone, and absolutely no reservations, so yes, you do want to show up early.
The thought of trekking out to the the 16th arrondissement for a meal may seem a stretch for some, but this Asian resto makes it totally worth the trip. Like many of Paris’ terrific joints, there’s a Japanese chef behind the operation, and Ryuji Teshima puts together a tasting menu that pulls on local culinary traditions, as well as his own.
Helmed by the well-traveled Chef William Pradeleix, Will boasts a simple '50s Scandinavian decor and a menu bursting with strong Asian influences.
This 8th arrondissement resto, located in the Plaza Athenee hotel, is all about sustainably caught seafood, organic produce, and only a little meat; overall a focus on what Ducasse calls "naturalité" (naturalness). Yes, that means French-grown quinoa, but at a Michelin-starred price.
This 3rd arrondissement resto brings Texas-style BBQ to Paris. While this may not impress the Michelin crowd, brisket and pulled pork do have their devoted following, and what pairs well with BBQ? Bourbon of course. There are over 50 varieties of it, and if that’s not up your alley, there’s local Parisian craft beer and yes, wine of course.
One of the hottest restaurants to open in 2014, this 7th arrondissement spot is run by the highly touted David Toutain (obviously), who has worked under some of the biggest names in French cuisine, and is known for his artistry with vegetables. But don’t let that make you think this is a vegetarian haven, because the veggies are intermingled with everything from pig skins to clams.
Soma artfully bridges Japanese and French bistro cuisine in a too-cool-for-you atmosphere, complete with exposed stone walls, a walnut bar, and an open kitchen in the center of the dining room. The menu consists of small plates whose European and Asian flavors dazzle: bonito tataki, lamb chops in a miso and yuzu sauce, and spinach in a sesame cream. For dessert, opt for the green tea tiramisu that is at once creamy and fluffy, served on a thin blue porcelain plate.