If you missed this past weekend’s Bastille Day celebrations, don’t consider yourself unlucky, consider yourself a purist. Bastille Day, officially celebrated on July 14, is all about independence, so why not set the tone this year by leading friends to a brand-new event? Here are five worth considering:
French Restaurant Week, Multiple Locations, Tuesday through Friday
If you aren’t a stickler for dates, celebrate Bastille Day on your own time. Take advantage of special bites, lunch, and dinner deals throughout the week at nearly 120 participating restaurants. From crepes to steak frites, there’s plenty of opportunity to introduce traditional and modern takes on France’s world-famous cuisine to your palate. Offers range from $17 snacks to $178 dinner packages for two. Find a full roster of restaurants and offers on the French Restaurant Week website.
Pétanque Tournament, Cercle Rouge, 241 West Broadway, Tuesday, noon
In Tribeca, guests can work up an appetite by entering a pétanque tournament or just relax with some rosé as a spectator. The menu includes oysters, mussel pots, and a côte de boeuf with sauce béarnaise for two if you and your partner want to bond a little more. The bar will also have plenty of cold Champagne in lieu of Gatorade for players and patrons in need of thirst-quenching.
Tasting Tour, Le District, 200 Vesey Street, Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m.
Views of the Hudson substitute nicely for the River Seine at this newly opened Battery Park City hideaway. For $20 per person, guests can toast independence with a glass of wine before storming the market’s six sections. From the boulangerie to rotisserie, guests can snack on French breads, cheeses, and charcuterie, among other traditional bites. Tickets can be purchased at the market’s onsite concierge stand.
Aperitif Flight Tasting and Cocktails, Anfora, 34 Eighth Avenue, 5 p.m.
Instead of trying to polish off a bottle of Bordeaux while toasting Les Bleus, consider a much more conservative approach: an aperitif flight. For $16, guests can head to this West Village wine bar for a taste of green chartreuse and other French spirits; you can also grab a signature French cocktail for $13.
Rooftop Party, Hotel Americano, 518 West 27th Street, Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
If you’re looking for one location to serve as an all-encompassing Parisian pad, this Chelsea hotel is hard to beat. Revelers can start their Uber-free evening downstairs with a French-focused dinner followed by a rooftop soiree. At 5 p.m., a DJ will spin tunes alongside the hotel’s rooftop pool well into the early hours, in case you’re looking to break out some revolutionary dance moves before heading home. Reservations are required.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 13, 2015