Paris’s central 9th arrondissement is a wonderful place to prospect for good and reasonably priced neighborhood restaurants. It’s just about as bobo (bohemian bourgeois) as they come, and bobos love both good food and good buys. A fine example of the bobo style is Corneil, a truly delightful little bistrot that has won a name for itself by serving a gargantuan côte de boeuf (rib steak) for two for the sweetheart price of €44. Stopping by on an Indian summer night, we feasted on roasted tomato gazpacho and homemade country terrine as starters, followed by the côte—served on a wooden cutting board with side dishes of sautéed potatoes and green salad—and homey desserts of pineapple-coconut crumble and chocolate-caramel tart. Diners not in the mood for slabs of red meat will be well served, too, since the menu also includes a classic rabbit in mustard sauce, John Dory in a tasty foie gras sauce and other appealing choices. Smiling service and well-priced wines add everything up to a great meal.

19 rue Condorcet, 9th, €40 per person without wine

Originally published in the October 2009 issue of France Today

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  1. That is unbelievable. It’s not burlesque at all it’s just naked women on stage pretending to be automatons bouncing their breasts and rear ends for an audience of mostly men who are taking pictures. There’s nothing erotic or beautiful about it at all – the audience is snapping pictures and looking at a disempowered group of women as if at a cattle auction. It’s just sad that this is seen as something positive that women should participate in.

  2. Which show did you attend, Anna? These are some of the most talented women I’ve seen in Las Vegas. Did you attend the Paris show? They have technique and grace, much like the Rockettes. There was no photography allowed in my audience. It wasn’t nasty at all. It was very sensual and beautiful. And I’m a woman.

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