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French 75 at Summit Bar
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The 10 best French 75 cocktails in NYC

The French 75, a fizzy gin, champagne and lemon sipper, is perfect for a special evening (or even an ordinary evening)

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Lauren Rothman
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When it comes to cocktails, a French 75 is as classic as it gets. The vieux carré’s fellow New Orleans cocktail dates back to WWI Paris, and the aperitif shows off dry French champagne accented with a fortifying glug of gin plus fresh lemon and a little sugar. Its enduring popularity means it’s not hard to find in New York on the best brunch cocktail menus, but we’ve made it even easier by sussing out the spots for you—these are the 10 best bars in NYC for ordering a French 75.

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Best French 75 cocktails in NYC

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  • Lounges
  • Midtown West

This swanky Midtown jazz club specializes in (duh) rum, but its bartenders also know their way around a great French 75. The classic version here includes the standard gin, bubbly and lemon, but you also have the choice of subbing in vodka for a French 76 if that’s your spirit of choice.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • East Village

This East Village gem welcomes drinkers of all stripes, with a cocktail list that includes both out-there experimental concoctions and tried-and-true favorites. Fans of the latter will appreciate Summit’s French 75, which hews mostly classic—although the bubbles here are prosecco and the sweetness comes in the form of agave nectar.

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  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • East Village

This snug East Village wine bar features a voluminous vino list offering everything from New Zealand sauvignon blanc to Spanish rioja crianza. Its champagne sparkles in a French 75 variation that slips in a bit of citrusy Cointreau for extra sweetness.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Lower East Side

This genre-bending LES den is part Italian trattoria, part Asian cocktail bar, with handmade pastas dominating the dinner menu. The house drinks look east, though, with ingredients such as chrysanthemum, five spice and melon puree. Craving something more classic? Opt for the spot’s perfect French 75, with a spritz of club soda for extra lightness.

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  • Lounges
  • Tribeca

This swanky Tribeca bar is serious about its cocktails, accenting its house creations with homebrewed syrups, bitters and infusions. But even amongst all the invention and tinkering, the cocktail list makes room for old-school favorites. Sip a classic French 75, or sub in vodka for a 76.

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  • Lounges
  • Midtown East

It’s not fun to be stuck in Midtown East, but the World Bar, situated a hop, skip and a jump from the United Nations, helps you drink away your sorrows. Its French 75 variation subs cognac for the gin, alongside the more traditional touches of lemon and sugar.

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