Friends are coming in town next week, and while I have a lineup of old favorites (l'epi dupin, le gallopin) and new ones to try (pré verre, le petit vatel), I was wondering if anyone out there could fill me in on L'Atelier by Joel Robuchon. It looks fabulous, and I would be delighted to try the tasting menu, but what the heck do you have to do to eat there? NO RESERVATIONS and I can't see the French lining up in the lobby (or being handed the blinking buzzer things we have back in the states). So if anyone has had the chance to eat there, or has any anecdotes on how to get a table, please please please leave a comment. I won't go on the weekend, and I'll try to get there early (even though I'll feel like my grandparents :/), but other than that, any tips?
Thanks! Oh, and other restaurant suggestions are welcome ;)