Name: Le BAT
Why You Should Care: BAT stands for Bar à Tapas. But let’s be clear: these are not your dive bar Spanish tapas. The options at Le BAT are tapas with a French gastro touch and a bit of international fusion (think: oysters w/ a pomegranate & ginger vinaigrette). The tapas rotate weekly, but if you somehow don’t like tapas? Fear not friend, because you know what else BAT stands for? Bar à Tartares, so get some delicious raw steak instead.
Name: Les Enfants Rouges
Why You Should Care: Sure, Paris’s Japanese resto scene is booming, but a Japanese chef cooking French food? Apparently not only is it a thing, but it’s an amazing thing. Les Enfants Rouges used to be mostly a wine bar, but now that Daï Shinozuka is helming the kitchen, everyone's crowded around the tables instead of the bar. It’s certainly French cooking taken to the next level, with a bit of mix from other culinary cultures; salmon fillets in beef bouillon anyone? There’s a solid wine list, complete with some natural wines, and Shinozuka gets his bread from Parisian favorite Thierry Breton.