And so I got to have my Thanksgiving meal after all albeit one day late! To our luck, we found an American restaurant in Paris that was serving a Thanksgiving menu on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd!
Joe Allen’s is quintessentially American in that understated, cozy kind of way. Brick walls are punctuated by photographs of movie stars and Broadway posters; and the huge mahogany bar makes it feel like Manhattan right in the heart of Paris. With a huge bar area, outdoor dining area and indoor dining room we were shocked to find the place full! It seems there are many Thanksgiving-celebrating aficionados in Paris or perhaps just people nostalgic for the taste of an all-American burger or a taste of the America they left behind. At first we thought wow there are lots of Americans in Paris but the clientele was very much French adding to our excitement over this wonderful holiday.
The experience of not having to struggle with my French, having the luxury of reading an English menu without having to ask N to translate every other word and being surrounded by all that American memorabilia was enough to transport me to NYC even if just for a few hours. And of-course the meal was delicious. Indulgence at its best. Exchanging our thanks is becoming a tradition i love and want to keep and every day i am grateful for so much more. Paris is growing on me very quickly and I am feeling so at home in my new apartment! I am loving my new quartier and the feeling of discovering something new is still there and very much fresh making me hungry for exploration. It’s been a hectic past few days with trips to Ikea, lots of cleaning and unpacking but slowly I am breathing life into the apartment and slowly it is feeling like my own. I cant wait to start having friends over and to start using my weekends for less errands and more adventure!
If there are any Parisians or expats in Paris interested in an American meal, Joe Allen’s is located in a lively neighborhood of the 1er arrondissement at 30 Rue Pierre Lescot, reachable on line 4 at the metro stop Etienne Marcel.