Cuisine: Continental, European, French
The La Defense neighborhood of Paris is known for its high rise skyscraper buildings and its modern, NYC feel. With this kind of landscape, it isn't surprising that there are tens of thousands of... Read More
The La Defense neighborhood of Paris is known for its high rise skyscraper buildings and its modern, NYC feel. With this kind of landscape, it isn't surprising that there are tens of thousands of office workers who all need to chill with a refreshing drink after work before wrestling with the crowds on the metro. Octopus, a partnership between the venerable Maison Rostang and the hipster Liquid Corporation, is now an integral part of this equation. It's located just next to the Bassin Takis, a shallow city block large wading pool that emanates a refreshing mist baths every few minutes. The freshwater mist is so thick that only it clears can you see the dozens of children frolicking in the shallow pool in summertime. On the menu here are cocktails and small bites. There's also beer on tap and a good selection of wines.
- Waterfront Dining: "Your choice of over 35 small plates include signatures like sardine club sandwich, oysters, fried cheese nuggets and crispy crab cakes. Their cocktails are adventurous. For mains, you can have the signature lobster macaroni, a Rostang specialty, and also a choice of steak, chicken or fish. Dessert selections include Sophie's chocolate cake, since the esteemed chef Rostang's daughters have followed in his footsteps. And not to miss is the orange coulis creme brulee. When you're looking for a NYC feel here in Paris, and a fun soundtrack-infused watering hole that welcomes Parisians looking to bridge work and home commutes, this is a chill place to come and nibble/sip."
- Best for Waterfront Dining Because: Sometimes it's best to get out of the city center and near a nice big expanse of refreshing water where you can nibble and sip.