Bastille Day is a big celebratory day for France with a Military Parade and a day off. For the rest of us in New York, the least you can do for the holiday is celebrate with a bistro meal. Here are some places to check out for Bastille Day.-
Cercle Rouge (241 W Broadway, (212) 266-6252 )- In addition to great food like Traditional French Onion Soup and Pâté De Campagne, you will be able to play Pétanque, the French Game of Boules, outside of the bistro.
Parigot (155 Grand St, (212) 274-8859)- For Bastille Day, there will be French beer tastings, a complimentary glass of rosé wine with the purchase of an entrée, prizes and, for entertainment, an accordionist.
Bouchon Bakery (10 Columbus Circle, (212) 823-9366)- Chef Thomas Keller prepares a special Bastille Day tasting menu for this specific day. Enjoy French classics such as merguez with baguette, moules au safran, macaroons, and chocolate crepes while sipping champagne and listening to Kathleen Landis and quartet. Admission is $65 per person.
Le Relais de venise L'Entrecote (590 Lexington Ave, (212) 758-3989)- Enjoy the $24 prix-fixe menu, specifically the steak frites, a house specialty. You'll understand why Time Out New York critics voted this restaurant as “Best French for the masses.”
Flea Market Cafe (131 Avenue A, (212) 258-9282)-A pocket book friendly French eatery that everyone should stop by. With kitschy knick-knacks and French antiques to decorate, it will feel like you are being transported to an actual little Parisian cafe.
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