4Le Roi Du PotAuFeu Resolutely traditional down to its red gingham tablecloths, the big draw of the ‘‘ King of Hotpots’’ is the pot au feu, a stockpot of beef, root vegetables and herbs, with the stock served as starter and the meat and vegetables as main course. It’s hearty, no-fuss nourishment, perfect for the start of a night out (34 Rue Vignon; closed Sunday and August; pot au feu $20). 5 Bistroy Les Papilles A beautiful bistro and deli with elegantly dressed tables and walls lined with wine and local produce, Bistroy les Papilles offers a quality of food that ensures its narrow interior is packed out every night. Its market-led menu is different every day and is complemented by an exceptional wine list. Try its marmite du marche, or ‘‘ pot of the market’’ (lespapillesparis.fr; 30 Rue Gay Lussac; closed Sunday, Monday and mid-July to mid-August; four-course menus $40). 6Le Hide This tiny bistro around the corner from the Arc de Triomphe has won rave reviews for its traditional French cuisine – cooked up by a Japanese chef.
Inside a bright, simple space, Hide Kobayashi serves up dishes such as cote de veau (veal chop), epaule d’agneau (shoulder of lamb) and monkfish in lemon butter, as well as a scrumptious selection of classic desserts (lehide.fr; 10 Rue du General Lanrezac; closed Saturday lunchtime, Sunday, mid-May and mid-August; mains from $22).