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15 Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day at NYC Restaurants

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Petanque at Bar Tabac via Bergen Carroll

Only a week and a half after The Fourth, French Independence celebration Bastille Day is characterized by fewer hot dogs and a little more cake (though consider audience before suggesting that... ) For a second wind of revolutionary red white and blue, storm these New York restaurants for some serious deals on croquettes and cocktails. Liberte, fraternite, egalite, and bon appetit.

1) Bistro de La Gare: They will serve an a la carte menu plus a $45 prix fixe that includes five courses and a glass of sparkling wine. The courses include pate, frogs legs, bouillabaisse, poulet au fromage, and dessert. 626 Hudson St., 212-242-4420.

2) Artisanal: Marie Antoinette impersonators (a la Madonna and Kirsten Dunst) will receive a complimentary bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne. Those who leave the bustiers at home can still enjoy half-priced aperitifs and themed cocktails including Absinthe-minded. 2 Park Avenue, 212-725-8585

3) Fig & Olive: The Meatpacking District branch of Fig & Olive will be hosting a wine and cheese pairing in honor of Bastille day from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. In addition, starting at 5:30 a DJ will be spinning music inspired by the south of France and a $50 prix fixe menu including two paired glasses of wine will be available for diners. RSVP to the wine and cheese tasting at RSVPNewYork@figandolive.com. 416 W 13th St., 212-924-1200

4) Bobo: West Village's Bobo will be offering a plate-to-gate Rooftop Farm Dinner at Brooklyn Grange in Long Island City. Ninety dollars will buy French style charcuterie, canapés, cocktails inspired by the farms herbs. Tickets are available here. 34-16 Northern Blvd. Long Island City, Queens, 212-488-2626

5) Brasserie Beaumarchais: Celebrate French freedom with specialty cocktails La Vie en Rose and croquettes at Brasserie Beaumarchais, or just come for the game of pétanque, or French bocce ball, the restaurant will be hosting on their patio. 409 West 13th St., 212-675-2400

6) Bouchon Bakery: Thomas Keller's Columbus Circle cafe will be hosting a $95 tasting menu of his French favorites, including boudin blanc, crispy cod brandade and jamon & brie crepes, paired with La Rame Sauvignon Blanc Roderer Estate Sparkling Wine and Kir Royale cocktails. Purchase tickets here. 10 Columbus Circle, 212-823-9366

7) Roebling Tea Room: The recently remodelled Roebling Tea Room is having a Bastille Day blow out on Saturday July 16th, featuring dinner a la carte with wine, tons of Kronenbourg, duck, blood sausage, and candlelight. 143 Roebling St., 718-963-0760

8) Pierre Loti Wine Bar: New York's three locations of the wine bar are offering 25 percent off their selection of over 200 French bottles available and 40+ by the glass. 53 Irving Place, 212-777-5684; 300 1/2 E 52nd St., 212-755-5684; 258 W 15th St., 212-645-5684

9) Almond: At Almond this Bastille Day, a reasonable $35 prix fixe including specialty French cocktail, hors d'oevre and dessert also includes the opportunity to document the night like a Parisian movie star. A professional French paparazzi poser will take photos of guests with French props (berets, baguettes, mustaches, toques and bottles of Bordeaux) against a Paris backdrop at no extra charge. 12 E 22nd St., 212-228-7557

10) Le Comptoir: Forget Bastille Day, Le Comptoir is making the whole week (July 10 - to 17) revolutionary by serving three different menus depending on preference. A $29 four course prix fixe features pan seared hanger steak bordelaise and homemade potato gnocchi with bacon, shrimp & arugula, while a simple charcuterie plate with glass of red wine will be available at the bar for $17.89. Also $17.89, brunch will be served with a bloody mary or a mimosa. 251 Grand St., Williamsburg, 718-486-3300

11) Ai Fiori: The French-Italian hybrid restaurant will be emphasizing its Parisian roots with specialty discounted cocktails highlighting Pernod and St. Germain. Though the party goes from 5 to 11 PM, early diners will also receive Bastille Day gift bags. 400 5th Ave., Second Level, Setai Hotel, 212-613-8660

12) Pigalle: Pigalle is offering a dedicated Bastille Day menu featuring Off with Their Heads Cheese plate served with peasant bread, pickles and French Dijon mustard; Robespierrre’s Revenge, grilled Boudin Blanc with mashed potatoes, haricot verts and Thyme Jus; and to top it off with something sweet guests can order the After the Revolution Napoleon. 790 8th Ave, 212-489-2233

13) Cercle Rouge: As they do every year, Cercle Rouge will host a petanque tournament and will serve a variety of Bastille Day specialties. Entry into the tournament costs $60, and bands will play throughout the day. 241 West Broadway, 212-226-6252

14) Bar Tabac: Bar Tabac will also host a Petanque tournament on Smith Street between Bergen and Pacific in Brooklyn. 80 teams will compete all day until 10 PM. 128 Smith Street, 212-923-0918

15) D'Artagnan: Even generally American chefs are catching revolutionary fever, with four restaurants affiliated with food supplier D'Artagnan serving specialty French dishes in honor of Bastille Day. Chef Harold Moore of Commerce is crafting a Pigeon Rôti au Foie Gras (with some corn for an American accent), Chef Jonnatan Leiva of 10 Downing will have a Côte de Bouef special on the menu, Chef Lauren Hirschberg from Craftbar will be making Pâté en Croute au Foie Gras Classique with Perigourdine Sauce, and lastly Chef Eric Korsh of the Waverly Inn will make a Pigeon Entier Aux Fèves. Commerce, 50 Commerce St., (212) 524-2301; 10 Downing, 10 Downing St., 212-255-0300; Craftbar, 900 Broadway, 212-461-4300; Waverly Inn, 16 Bank St., 917-828-1154
—Devin Briski

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