What are some of Ken Oringer's food highlights in Paris?
There are two restaurants that, in my opinion, should not be missed in Paris. The first one is Le Comptoir, which is a little tiny place that is literally impossible to get into — they don’t even take reservations and they don’t take walk-ins so I don’t know how people get in. But, for lunch, they take first come, first serve. For dinner I think you have to be staying in the five-room hotel to get reservations. At lunch you just wait it out. The menu is probably 80 items; it’s everything from the best charcuterie to seasonal food that’s spectacular. They opened up a French version of a tapas bar next door, which is standing room only — no seats. Le Comptoir is located right off of Saint Germain and Odeon.
The second restaurant is called L’Ami Jean, located kind of behind Musée d'Orsay. It has the incredible food and what I think is the best deal, the best cooking for the money in all of Paris.