2nd Arrondissement Restaurants
1 Rue du Mail, 2nd
Chez George is hyper traditional, a little overpriced, and exactly the kind of place where one wants to eat dinner in Paris. A classic bistro in every sense, down to the mirrored walls and too-small tables. As can be expected, steak frites and boeuf bourguignon is the way to go. Unlike some of the other old-world bistros in Paris, the food here is legitimately very good and the atmosphere delivers every time.
Dim Sum Cantine
85 Rue Montmartre, 2nd
Much like the Cantonese-style dumplings that are its claim to fame, this restaurant is compact but mighty. The house-made dim sum (mushroom, shrimp, lacquered pork, and more) is steamed and then immediately served by the basket and accompanied by salad and rice. Lest you forget you’re still in Paris, the steamed brioche buns make for the perfect dessert. Since this restaurant is always packed, you can also check out their second location in the 9th arrondissement.
Joseph & Lucien
43 Rue des Petits Carreaux, 2nd
Blackboard menus in Paris are always a good omen as they’re a sure sign the chef is creating new dishes based on market ingredients each day. At this buzzing little nouveau-bistro tucked away in Sentiers, the self-trained Argentinian chef turns out exactly that, with fantastic, meaty dishes on the menu paired with a small selection of great value wines. Venture here in late August, as they’re closed through the 22nd.
32 Rue St. Marc, 2nd
Alain Ducasse’s Aux Lyonnais is one of those traditional French dining experiences that manages to deftly skirt stuffiness. The old-world façade still has the original sign from the restaurant’s 1914 debút, and the belle époque interior (mirrored walls, intricate tile floors, and an original wooden staircase) feels straight out of central casting. The menu changes seasonally—they offer a prix fixe as well as a la carte.
5-6 Rue du Nil, 2nd
Nantes-born Gregory Marchand, who cooked under both Jamie Oliver and Danny Meyer (he earned his nickname “Frenchie” while cooking with Oliver), offers a subtle worldly perspective on classic French cooking via a tiny set menu (around 45 euros per person). Reservations are hard to get, though Marchand’s walk-in-only venture, Frenchie bar à vins, is an option should you fail to land a table, and there's always Frenchie To Go.
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