Paris Affordable Dining: Henri, Hugo, Wadja, Casimir, Papa, Pantruche, Cordonnerie, Machon, Verre Vole

Paris Affordable Dining: Henri, Hugo, Wadja, Casimir, Papa, Pantruche, Cordonnerie, Machon, Verre Vole
It isn’t difficult to eat fabulously and pas cher in Paris—but it does require a little research and a good deal of exploring. We’ve done the work for you in our handy restaurant guide, compiled from contributions from Bonjour Paris readers and staff. The list—which of course only scratches the surface of worthy Parisian restaurants—is organized by arrondissement and this story covers the 1st through 10th districts. Here are “of the moment” affordable Paris restaurants with character, listed by arrondisement. Bon appétit!   Paris 1st Restaurant de La Cordonnerie Every dish at this tiny, intimate resto is prepared before your eyes by the chef himself using fresh products from local markets. The chef is happy to chat about the menu, which changes daily but includes such staples as escalope de veau à la normande (€16) and magret de canard aux poires. 20, rue Saint Roch, Paris 1st Métro: Tuileries, Pyramides Bus: 68 (Pyramides-Saint-Honoré) Vélib: 215 Rue Saint Honoré or 27 Rue Thérèse Paris 2nd and 7 other Paris locations   Chez Papa Don’t be turned off by the fact that there are several Chez Papas in Paris—Chez Papa is a far cry from your typical chain restaurant. The portions may be American-sized but the cuisine is 100-percent Basque and the atmosphere convivial rather than touristy. Try regional specialties such as tartare with piment d’espelette sauce or the restaurant’s signature salads made with duck, cantal, and sautéed potatoes. Main dishes and salads range from €10-20, while menus (only for the truly famished) are around €25. 153, Rue Montmartre, Paris 2nd Métro: Grands Boulevards Bus:  85 or 39 (Grands Boulevards) Vélib: 21 rue d’Uzès   Paris 6th   Bistrot Henri This crowded bistrot in Saint-Germain-des-Prés manages to keep a certain Parisian authenticity despite plenty of tourists. The food is great and reasonably priced (entrée-plat-dessert €30). The staff is congenial, informal and patient with patrons who don’t speak the language. And they are open on Sunday! 16, Rue Princesse, Paris 6th Métro: Mabillon Bus:  (Bonaparte-Saint Germain) Vélib: 141 Boulevard Saint Germain   Le Mâchon d’Henri Reserve ahead to get a table at this cozy, convivial restaurant specializing in cuisine à la Lyonnaise. Readers say, “We love the way the chef darts out of the kitchen to look things over, with a big smile on his face. As for the food, the house terrine, anything with lamb and the excellent fruit tartes are tops.” Three courses for €35. 8, Rue de Guisarde, Paris 6th Métro: Mabillon Bus: 87 (Bonaparte-Saint Germain) Vélib: 27 rue Lobineau Wadja A staple of the Montparnasse quartier, this old-time bistrot is the real deal: authentic zinc top bar, original mosaic tile floor, and impressive, carefully chosen wine menu. Well-known chef Thierry Coué’s cuisine is both traditional and gourmande. Stop by at lunchtime, when the menu is around €15. 10, Rue de la Grande Chaumière, Paris 6th Métro: Vavin Bus: 91 Vavin Vélib: 18 rue Bréa Paris 7th Bistrot du 7ème It’s hard to go wrong at this cozy, classy bistrot, which is far less pretentious than its posh neighborhood would suggest. The bistrot’s menu offers above-par renderings of classic French dishes—from escargots to truite meunière to crème brûlée. At €25 for entrée-plat-dessert, it’s a great choice for atmosphere, cuisine, and price. 56, Boulevard La Tour Maubourg, Paris 7th Métro: La Tour Maubourg Bus: 69 (Invalides-La Tour Maubourg) Vélib: 1 Avenue de la Motte Picquet Paris 9th Le Pantruche This très hype neo-bistrot in the très hype neighborhood south of Pigalle is getting glowing reviews from foodies for mixing…

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