This 15th east and 15th south corner is perfectly suited for this upscale dining experience. It is surrounded by distinctive houses, the block is already home to a nice collection of restaurants and shops. The restaurant was once occupied by a grocer and reclaimed it as a neighborhood food source of French bistro-style cafe.
This restaurant has beautiful details and is painted with warm yellow walls, rich wood trim, multiple wall mirrors and antique light fixtures recall an earlier time, when going out to dinner was worth dressing up for. The waiters wear black vests, ties and long white aprons, and every linen-covered table has its own pepper grinder, salt cellar and mustard pot.
It is a small place, crowded with tables (some too close), and it is noisy. By design, The Paris is not intended for privacy and quiet conversation. The owner envisions a place where strangers will get to know each other.
The a la carte menu is eclectic, although many of the dishes have French names. It has nice variety, from pizza and gnocci to several duck dishes and steaks, all made with quality ingredients and expertly seasoned.
The prices are on the high side but you are being served a high quality fare. Each time I visited the restaurant I have been impressed with my meal.