If you are in New York City on Bastille Day, go beyond the French Fries and French Kiss to make a real "French Connection".
The Bastille Day is a very especial day in New York, excellent opportunity to enjoy some of the finest foods around at great prices and also a great excuse moi to parté with some fine Europeans friends.
LE BASTILLE JOUR is this Saturday, JULY 14th 2012, Don't miss out ! Check out ou favorite local picks for you to Enjoy the Bastille Day in NYC.
The most famous Bastille Day Celebration in New York is the annual "BASTILLE DAY ON 60th ST". This year, the Bastille Day on 60th Street will be on Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 12–5pm, at 60th Street - Bien sûr - "of course" , from Fifth Ave to Lexington Avenues. This address is the home of the FIAF , The French Institute Alliance Française, and the most French Corner in all Manhattan. On Bastille Day Celebration, the FIAF promotes lots of French-themed activities for the whole family, French cuisine tastings to Kids Corner. Enter the public lottery and maybe you will win a trip to Paris!
Where to go for Fine French Food :
The Restaurant Benoit is our favorite French Restaurant for the Bastille Day Celebration in Manhattan, located on 60 West 55th Street, not too far from 60th and Fifth Avenue, yet not as crowed either. Enjoy the amazing cuisine of world famous and acclaimed Chef Alain Ducasse [vous accueille], inviting you to discover the very best of traditional Parisian French bistrot. (Preferred tables via CLIQUE NOVA YORK)
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Head outside Manhattan to Smith St between Bergen and Pacific Sts, in the nice neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn...That's quick ride on the F or G subway train to Bergen St. Station. Smith Street is a hotspot of Franco-Gallic Bistros and they close down the street every year for a huge Block Party for BASTILLE DAY, with lots of French music, French Food, Le Aperitifs et al.
This is also the day and place of the largest pétanque tournament in North America ! Ques que c'est what? Who cares, it's fun to watch ! You will see "professional level" players throwing hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball...It is a big deal, see the video below, Smith Street is covered with tons of beach sand just for the tradiocional competition.... Anyway, our favorite French spots on Smith St. are the Bar Tabac and Provence en Boîte - But be aware, this will get crowed on Bastille Day for sure !
Back in Manhattan, Chef Marc Murphy from the "trés excellente" Benchmarc restaurants is producing a 2 hour Summer Cruises on the Hudson every Tuesday this Summer of 2012 ($60; benchmarc-restaurants.com). For the Bastille Day week, he has created a special French menu and you will be pampered with Amuse Bouché drinks paired with Le Aperitifs while enjoying live entertainment in honor of Bastille Day.
Also, Le Restaurant Beaumarchais will be trowing a Brunch Party to celebrate Bastille Day. Enjoy French-inspired dishes and special drinkes before you hit the Petanque Court set up for guests...as they say in French "plus vous en buvez, plus vous jouez"...or the more you drink, the better you play..eh? Maybe it means the more you drink, the more you enjoy it...Well, it's all good !
No Bastille Day would be complete withou talking about Joan D'arc, "The Maid of Orléans", whose Siege of Orléans inspired the Bastille Day and French Independence from England Centuries later...D'arc is perhaps France's the most famous personality of all times and has been immortalized by the works of Shakespeare, Voltaire, Twain, Shaw, Brecht, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Rubens, among many others.
|THE JOAN D'ARC MEMORIAL STATUE CIRCA 1915|
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