Last October I posted a list of places we've eaten at during the Christmas-New Year's holidays and it's worth updating me thinks, since folks ask me all the time "What's open; everything looks closed." Well, not quite.
Last year (2009) we ate at Ze Kitchen Galerie (but it was closed between Christmas and New Years in 2010), Table 28 (now morphed into the new Spring, which was open this week in 2010) Le 122, Cul de Poule and Claude Colliot. This year, 2010, we dined at Le Bistrot Paul Bert, Moustache, Casse Noix, Garnier, Lao Lane Xang 2 and Jeanne A.
If you held a gun to my head and made me chose just three from the above, I couldn't do it; there wasn't a missed beat anywhere.
So, to the FAQ: "Should I go to Paris Christmas week?, the answer is - "For sure." This ain't London, which closes up - the city is alive and New Year's Eve can be spent at home (as we do), in your rental, hotel, pied a terre, etc., slurping Gillardeau oysters and Muscadet, spreading fois gras on brioche with Sauternes, sipping champagne with caviar and sloshing down gravlax with Aquavit.
P.S. You'll find all their coordinates either in my reviews on this blog or the big boys' books.
*Caveat: Things change every year so even though I’ve eaten during holiday times at the ones I recommend, one must telephone and check lest one be disappointed by changing schedules.