The best Paris bistros emit an air of quiet confidence, and this is certainly the case with Goupil, a triumph despite its out-of-the-way location not far from the Porte Maillot conference center. The dining room attracts dark suits at lunch and a festive crowd in the evenings, with a few well-informed English-speakers sprinkled into the mix. The tiny open kitchen works miracles with seasonal ingredients, transforming mackerel into luxury food (on buttery puff pastry with
mustard sauce) and pan-frying monkfish to perfection with artichokes and chanterelles. Friendly waiters are happy to suggest wines by the glass.
4 rue Claude Debussy, 17e, Paris, 75017, France