photo credit: Nicole Schumann
Le Bon Georges
This steak frites joint near Galerie Lafayette department store and just below the hip part of Pigalle ticks all the design boxes of a bygone-era bistro atmosphere despite being relatively newish (it opened in 2013): menu on the mirror or chalkboard, wooden chairs, and wine bottles on display throughout.
Beef is the big draw—ideally ordered saignant (rare) or à point (medium rare)—but expect other classically French dishes like asparagus in the spring and truffle-topped fish in the fall. Wine and cheese are also a focus, so save room for a nutty beaufort or a stanky bleu d’Auvergne for the in-between fromage course. They’re open every day for lunch and dinner, which is especially convenient if you’re visiting on a Sunday or Monday when many popular restaurants tend to be closed.
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