In a few minutes walk not far from the 53rd and Lexington or the 59th street train stop (depending on which direction you’re coming from) nearest the corner of 56th Street and 2nd avenue sits one of the most amazing restaurants I have ever dined. Slang for Paris, “Paname” is a warm, inviting, and sophisticated French bistro that with ease and panache brings the best of Parisian cuisine right to the east side Midtown NYC.

Upon entering I was extended a warm welcome from the waitstaff and the owner, Bernard with whom I had an insightful exchange. Food for thought, indeed.  There aren’t too many places in the city where patrons get to converse with the heart and soul of an establishment, so I would gladly recommend that regardless of if you’re from NYC or not make Paname your lunch stop, or even better, one place that you would consider for dinner. Because the remarkable experiences that can get created here will in fact be those that have will have you coming back for more.

So after having amicable meet and greet, I was seated at nice table for two where I was accompanied by my wife to enjoy a complimentary meal we received. Over a glass of Chardonnay, we perused the menu. Although having plenty to choose from and over a variety a different appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we chose from the 3-course prix fixe dinner menu where we would receive what my mom would say, “food good enough to feed your soul”.

Paname Menu

Our appetizer of choice, Jonah Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce. Oh-Em-Gee, these were absolutely to die for. Of all the places I’ve dined the Paname offering had the best flavor of any restaurant in NYC, hands down. Not to mention, there was not one, but two crab cakes to feast on.

Paname Crab Cakes

For our main entree, Lobster Ravioli with Light Coral Creme Sauce.  Delicious is not the word. The ravioli were the perfect blend of flavor and consistency packed into eat bite of the creamy squares.

Paname Lobster Ravioli

And for dessert, Creme Brulee. How can anyone ask for a better way to end the evening?  I must however add that considering Creme Brulee is my absolute favorite I spared no time savoring every spoonful and emptying the dish it arrived in clean.

Paname Creme Brulee

All in all, without having to take a several hour flight, Paris is much closer than one may think. In fact, the best way to Paris is by stepping foot inside Paname. Whether with your friends or loved ones, Paname is where memories can be made and smiles can be shared.