STAR ON HIS OWN
When chef Alain Senderens spurned his hard-earned three Michelin stars in 2004, closing his storied Lucas Carton gastronomic temple after 26 years by saying he’d had enough of the red guidebook’s dictatorial ways, he sent shock waves through the foodie community. But Senderens is back — and kicking harder than ever — with his born-again version of a more “modern” restaurant, called Senderens, located in his old digs on the Madeleine. Featuring lighter and more straightforward dishes, such as roasted foie gras with black figs or delectable porcini risotto, Senderens still amuses the palette — but at much more affordable prices. (Dinner for two, with wine, runs about 200 euros, or $240 at current exchange). He has revisited the decor, too, giving his venerable wood-paneled dining room a contemporary taste, and upstairs there’s a bar where tapas are served until 2 a.m.
Senderens, 9 Place de la Madeleine, 75008; 33-1-42-65-22-90.
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Café Chic — the name speaks for itself — is suited to the fashion flock. There are more than 50 cocktails served until 5 a.m. and Daniele, formerly at the Mathis Bar, quietly caters to patrons’ wishes. But Chic isn’t reserved for night owls: Isabelle Adjani, for one, recently enjoyed breakfast there. Other than cocktails, the café also offers club sandwiches, salads or smoked salmon on Poilâne bread, all day long.
Café Chic, 126 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008; 33-1-4-5-63-69-69.
What’s on the minds of twentysomething artists living in Kiev, Iran or Ethiopia? Find out at the Fondation Cartier, whose current exhibition, “J’en Rêve,” on display through Oct. 30, highlights the work of 100 emerging talents from around the globe. The paintings, sculptures, photos, films and videos are done mostly by students or recent graduates and reflect how young people today have the same access to popular culture, yet approach the art process in different ways. Leanne Sacramone, one of the curators, says many of the artists explore childhood memories, be they happy or disturbing, and give a personal spin to modern-day issues. “They’re expressing interior worlds,” she explains. Among the inhabitants of these worlds: anatomically correct snowmen and women and purple-faced children. You be the judge of whether the kids are all right …
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Fondation Cartier, 261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014; 33-1-42-18-56-50.