This is a fun place to go on a budget. The food is not the best of Paris, not by a long shot. But it is good and comes along with a good time at a really good price. It’s a small and no-frills restaurant, but you should be okay in terms of personal space; as the entire restaurant consists of two, long “family style” tables. Your options are eat and drink or don’t: Meaning that you pay $21 per person, and you choose red or white wine, and the option of adding meat or not. What you end up with is a decently sized antipasti (just mini “things” like ham and cheese cubes, cornichon and olives, and some spicy potatoes which I immensely enjoyed).
Next is a big bowl of potatoes and bread to dip in your cheese, and should you choose the meat (definitely choose the meat), you’ll get a bowl of beef cubes to cook in a broth boil. I think it would be better with oil. The cheese was the favorite part, and I didn’t have any problems such as the one listed by Miriam below. You get a dipping selection of roughly four mayonnaise based sauces.
You also get the wine: Oh, the wine. Yes, it’s served in a baby bottle, but the portions are roughly the equivalent of two or three glasses of wine, and the first one is free. After that they are 3€50, and the flavor was actually quite nice. If you feel weird about the baby bottle–which everyone does, but quickly gets over–you can just unscrew the top. Over all it was a really fun place to be, they don’t rush you and are quite friendly, and we self-proclaimed Foodie Pros, Able to Devour Everything were left totally stuffed and satisfied.
To be brief: A good time that provides for a good story without the high prices.
Go across the street and up two storefronts for a popular local bar afterwards.