So, I had set up lunch with one of my favorite co-diners and the woman who knows more about food anywhere - at L'Adjuge, the new resto at the auction house Drouot, but couldn't get through by phone. She knowing the territory, called the sommelier, ex-Le Crillon, and discovered they would reopen only September 15th.
So Plan B. - Partisan, which really sounded nice, not far away, but their phone didn't answer (and they only opened 6 months ago or so), so she had said we'll go like Parisians (she being one) without a reservation. I show, place closed - "A CEDER" plastered all over. Whoops, to Plan C.
Ah, Plan C. A place my buddy N. spotted last week called Gros not too far away, but as I'm walking (Uber said I was out of their signal range and there were no cabs or buses) so I walk up the Rue du Faubourg Montmartre and there's a place I recall noting months ago called - La Medi terre anee or some such other cute name - I enter - Ou la la, tiny plastic bowls travelling around on a moving railway like sushi in Tokyo - Nope, onward!
6.5 Gros, 4, cour des Petites Ecuries in the 10th (in the old Café Blah-Blah space), 09.83.28.83.96, closed Sundays and Mondays, (Metro: Chateau d'Eau) has been open about 2 months and has a terrifically welcoming staff, 3 eager to please chefs (one of whom said "Good-bye" in English to me) and is full of 20-30 year olds who look at the carte before entering.
I started (my intended companion having been called for a business meeting by her agent) with a lukewarm soup of cream of beans with whole beans, coques and salicorn bits - terrific; then moved on to a filet mignon of pork whose very center was almost raw (as I like it) and very outer was very crisp (as I like it) with butternut squash puree and bits; and then a chocolate concoction with a dollop of caramel beurre-sale - also very very nice.
My bill, with great bread, good coffee, a 1/2 bottle of wine but no bottled water, for a couple would come to 69 E. dB=54.9 except when the beer barrels roll by.
Go? Grand-kids, backpackers and those seeking a reasonable meal on one of the coolest streets in Paris - a big Yes!