I know I asked already where a good place for dinner would be, but after some posts I was told not to be around the Eiffel Tower because it is crazy! Has anyone been for New Year's Eve or know where to go to watch the tower at midnight? Also I am staying at Place de la Republique and know that the metros don't run real late. Any suggestions since I will be pretty far from my hotel?
I have posted this before and maybe to you, sorry to repeat the information.
For New Years don't go to the tower, not because it is crazy but because nobody is there, except a few lost tourists who think that New Years must obviously happen at the T d'E. No so. Most of Paris meets on the Champs Elysees, and by most I mean most. It is so crowded that it gets hard to walk, full of Parisians and travellers alike. All the stores are open. I think you can see the tour and there is a countdown, but don't expect the countdown to be one BIG sychronized one like in NY. Mostly everybody just congregates and drinks champagne out of a bottle. Then after midnight they throw the bottles, until the entire street is a river of broken glass(not kidding). Not to be missed!
The few times I have been in Paris I have dined out no prob. w/ res. and other times just ate off the street.) Unless you want go somewhere fancy.
These expereinces are 3 years old, maybe it has changed.
One more thought.
Until recently New Years was, in other parts of France still is, more of a religious holiday. There are lots of family meals and things will be closed for a few days afterward.