BEST NEW RESTAURANTS
L'Angle du Faubourg Though not as opulent as its legendary 56-year-old sister restaurant Taillevent, L'Angle du Faubourg has its own minimalist style--and a Michelin star. Chef Stefane Cosnier's menu, while small, is almost perfect. His cubes of lamb shoulder, subtly flavored with garlic and cooked until tender, are terrific. The impressive wine list includes such fabulous choices as Didier Dagueneau's 2000 Pouilly-Fumé Silex and Yves Cuilleron's 1999 Saint-Joseph Les Sérines (195 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8; 011-33-1-40-74-20-20).
Astrance Baby turnips, fava beans and begonia flowers--chef Pascal Berbot's delightful combinations, as in this delicious salad, reflect a poetic sensibility. Just about everything here is a surprise. Bright red tuna comes with a delicate, ginger-flavored yogurt sauce and a carrot puree; mussels are tinged with cumin and chervil. The dining room, a gray and white space trimmed with gilt-framed mirrors, is a soothing counterpoint (4 rue Beethoven, Paris 16; 011-33-1-40-50-84-40).