My neighborhood (Gobelins/Butte aux Cailles, in the 13th) has a few decent places to eat, but my favorite new one is quickly becoming my default when I’m too tired to cook. La Butte aux Piafs opened in July at the corner of the Boulevard Auguste Blanqui and Rue des Cinq Diamants with a neo-retro bistro style and a menu that includes French classics (like Parmentier du Canard and steak tartare), huge salads (La Fameuse has pastrami, melon and dried cranberries), and some interesting international touches (Bacon Black Burger).
The Jupiler beer for €3/half and Banoffee-inspired dessert made with pears and a Brittany cookie on the bottom had me sold. There’s also vegetarian lasagna, wok vegetables, and seared tuna for those worried about their waistline. The owners used to run Temps des Cerises near Bastille before it was taken over by the Chez Janou gang, and this bistro has a very similar vibe. They’re only open Monday-Friday (closed at dinner Friday), but they’re already packed with locals and art students from the nearby Ecole des Gobelins.