An added bonus if you are watching Ratatouille with the kids this weekend. possibly the inspiration behind the the Chef Gustave/Ratatouille characters. Great audio story imbedded on the NPR web page. The French chef Auguste Escoffier in Paris.
Atelier Crenn: A very unusual restaurant. Plan to be there for about 3 - 4 hours. The courses are delightful and endless. The Chef, Dominique Crenn, is wonderful. I saw her speak at The Battery and it made me want to be her apprentice. When to Go: this is a great restaurant for those who go to too many restaurants and need to be shocked back into their love of food and wine.