4th Arrondissement Restaurants
Raviolis Chinois Nord-Est Saint-Denis
115 Rue St. Denis, 4th
So successful is the original Raviolis Chinois that it's now opened up a new spot not too far away in Saint-Denis. Again, don't expect much in terms of decor, however, this new location offers a little more dining territory and a longer wine list. In other words, their delicious Beijing jiaozi, of which there are always at least ten varieties, steamed or grilled, are made to be enjoyed in situ.
22 Rue des Ecouffes, 4th
This tiny, super casual Tel Aviv transplant, located in the center of the Marais (known for its large concentration of falafel shops), doesn’t offer much in terms of seating other than a small communal table and a few counter seats, but what it lacks in accommodations, it more than makes up for in really good food. (You will most likely want to take your meal to go, anyway.) The menu offers loads of veggie options and is a cross between Israeli street eats and French cuisine: Think beef bourguignon pita with a side of whole-roasted cauliflower, washed down with beer or a glass of Israeli wine. For dessert, try the tarte tatin, also served in pita form.
Sacha Finkelsztajn La Boutique Jaune
27 Rue des Rosiers, 4th
Since 1946, the Finkelsztajn family has been holding down this yellow-fronted deli, which is known citywide for its rugelach, challah, strudels, bagels, and cheesecake. We go for the “Yiddish Sandwich,” which involves red pepper spread, babaganoush and sprats on a perfectly delicate “pletzel”—a soft, onion and poppy seed covered roll.
4 Quai d'Orléans, 4th
Top-quality sushi and sashimi is served alongside little else at this six-table spot on lle Saint-Louis. It’s tiny, so reservations are essential.
1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 4th
Classic French bistros like Chez Julien are actually getting a little harder to find. Just steps from the Seine, it has an outdoor terrace where you can take in the city views. The most perfect steak frites, crème brûlée, and other traditional dishes are served on logo-emblazoned plates and accompanied by a great wine list. It’s a little on the pricey side but the formal interior (which was recently revamped by the Costes brothers) and old-school service make it a good choice to toast a special occasion.
Grand Appétit (Closed)
9 Rue de la Cerisaie, 4th
We turn to this frill-free vegan eatery when we need some steamed veggies, brown rice, and green tea after too many frites. They do takeout as well, which can be hard to find in this town.