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Where to Celebrate Bastille Day in NYCBy Billy Lyons
July 9, 2014 By Billy Lyons | July 9, 2014
Bastille Day on 60th Street: Taste wine, beer, and pastries throughout the day at this annual street fair celebration, which will also feature live music and family focused activities from 12 to 5 PM. Tickets to tastings include bites by Le Cirque chef Raphael François and can be purchased here.
Boulud Sud: A celebration of French culture wouldn't be complete without a trip to a Daniel Boulud establishment, where Monday's dinner focuses on the regional specialties of the French Riviera. The seafood rich menu also includes items like the buttery garlic and anchovy dip bagna cauda, with wine from coastal vineyards available to wash down any lingering sea salt from the Mediterranean. (212-595-1313)
General Assembly: On Monday, this Flatiron locale will serve a special Bastille Day menu inspired by renowned French chef Auguste Escoffier with savory bites like Champagne soaked melon, cured salmon, and a brown butter cake for dessert. The restaurant is also setting up a Pétanque court for guests looking for an exercise break in between courses, and will offer a $15 Champagne tasting in addition to dinner. (212-951-7111)
James Beard House: The acclaimed American chef's abode pays tribute to French culinary technique with a Bastille Day Elegance dinner by Detroit chef David Gilbert. Dishes include foie gras terrine, turbot souffle, and chocolate fondant; wine pairings are included. (212-627-2308)
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels: On Monday, this trendy new Parisian-imported wine bar will offer guests a $20 special that includes four oysters (with various preparations) and a glass of Pierre Henri Morel Tavel 2013 rosé.
La Maison Du Croque Monsieur: This cozy Greenwich Village eatery is offering a weekday special for francophiles, as guests can score any croque on the menu and a glass of wine for $10. (212-675-2227)
Louro: To start things off, Chef David Santos is offering dinner guests a complimentary French 75 and gougères before settling in for a seven course meal. Vichyssoise, bouillabaisse, and beef Wellington are a few of the featured items included, while guests are free to bring their own wine or beer. (212-206-0606)
Maille Mustard Mobile: Grab some dijon mustard for a picnic in the park, as Maille's rolling mustard bar will be set up near Madison Square Park on Friday and the Fairway market near Riverside Park on Saturday. Visitors can sample five different varieties of mustards with complimentary cornichons, with the truck ending its stay in New York on Sunday at Bastille Day on 60th street.
Montmartre: From 2 to 9 PM on Sunday, guests can revel in the restaurant's back garden with Chartreuse sno cones, oysters, and live jazz among other delights. Chef Michael Toscano will have classic French fare on hand such as ratatouille, with plenty of wine and cocktails available too. Tickets are $89 and can be purchased here. (646-596-8838)
Tessa: Enjoy a trip to south France by way of a boulevardier cocktail at this Upper West Side Mediterranean retreat, which is offering the famed Parisian drink as a special for $10 on Bastille Day. The menu also includes French classics like steak frites and a côte de bœuf for two. (212-390-1974)
The 404: A celebration of France wouldn't be complete without an official ball -- or all you can eat buffet. On Friday, experience both starting at 6 PM, where VIP guests receive access to an open bar and buffet dinner for $120. For those dining elsewhere, general admission includes passed hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Click here for tickets. (212-290-2665)