Just-roasted chicken and communal tables...
Rôtisserie du Beaujolais:
When I lived in Paris, we were always celebrating something a birthday, a friend's arrival, a friend's departure, our youth. To be honest, we didn't need much of a reason to celebrate. But on such occasions, we often ended up at the Rôtisserie de Beaujolais, the casual counterpart of its fancy across-the-street neighbor, the legendary Tour d'Argent. The moderately priced Rôtisserie offers a warm, bright, ultra-French ambiance, where friendly black-and-white-clad waiters shuttle classic dishes like just-roasted chicken and confit de canard to and from the open kitchen. You can up the ante with side dishes like the butter-rich mashed potatoes, and don't be surprised if the in-house cat stops to lounge on the back of your banquet. The desserts (we loved the pistachio crème brûlôe, the île flottante, and the tarte tatin) will send you swooning out the door and onto the Pont de la Tournelle, which provides an incredible nighttime view of Notre Dame. Address: 19 quai de la Tournelle, 5th arrondissement.
Submitted by: Tory Hoen Website: www.Hipparis.com
La Cave de l'Os à Moelle:
For gastronomic adventurers in search of an alternative experience, La Cave de l'Os à Moelle offers an off-the-beaten-path retreat at a great price. Part-restaurant, part-wine shop, this cozy eatery serves up a 20-Euro prix fixe which includes access to a multi-course buffet that's whipped up in the kitchen of upscale l'Os à Moelle, located across the street. (You'll literally see waiters running back and forth between the two throughout the night). After picking a bottle off the shelf (bargains abound since they're priced at retail value), you'll sit at a communal table where you can chat up your neighbors the crowd is friendly and international or keep to your own crew. Last time I was there, we were conveniently seated next to a group of dreamy French guys. No one had any complaints. Address: 181 rue Lourmel, 14th arrondissement. Tel: 01 45 57 28 28.
Submitted by: Erica Berman. Website: www.haveninparis.com