I’m a little in love with Jamie and Marie.
Since 2004, this Franco-American couple has been raising some of the coolest restaurants (and children) in Paris. Outposts of their Pink Flamingo pizza empire open unerringly in the neighborhoods that need them most – places filled with broke hipsters, post-punk parents, and picnic lovers of every stripe.
However much I love a three course meal at bistros like Frenchie and Paul Bert, I am just as often looking for something cheap and fun. Pink Flamingo has filled that void, providing a brilliant option when there’s a large group (or one of indeterminate size), including people who are otherwise difficult to accommodate: parents with kids, vegetarians, friends with no money, and those who aren’t hungry but want to hang out. The vast majority of Paris restaurants require that we book a small table many days in advance and eat several courses for +30€. They don’t tolerate, for reasons that I understand, variations from this ideal. Pink Flamingo accommodates life.
Their latest offspring – the restaurant at 23 rue d’Aligre – was presented to the world at an opening party Monday night. Pouring free Champagne and passing out hot pizza to friends and neighborhood passersby, Jamie and Marie were the picture of generosity. We stopped by and nibbled a few slices of the Basquiat (gorgonzola, fig, jambon cru) and the Obama (grilled bacon with pineapple chutney) while balancing our wine on the hood of a parked car.
It was delicious, messy, and fun – just as I like it.
Pink Flamingo Paris
- 67 rue Bichat, 75010 (near the Canal Saint-Martin)
- 105 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 (in the Marais)
- 23 rue d’Aligre, 75012 (near the Marché d’Aligre)
Pink Flamingo Berlin
- Eberswalderstr. 28 / 10437 (Prenzlauer Berg)
- My review of Pink Flamingo for Budget Travel
- The Frugal Traveler’s review of Pink Flamingo for the New York Times
- My profile of the Aligre neighborhood for Budget Travel
- Profiles of the ‘hood by David Lebovitz and Dorie Greenspan [Note: David was saddened to see, at PF's opening party, that Café Aouba (described in both these posts) has closed] Update: David has assured me (in the comments below) that his beloved Café Aouba is closed only temporarily for renovation. Hooray!
- Context Travel’s tasting tour around the Marché d’Aligre