Best things to do for Bastille Day
Celebrate France's Independence Day—the American way—by stuffing your face with delicious delicacies from the many participating bistros and brasseries this year. You can order on special prix-fixe dinner menus for $17.89, $25, $38 or $178.90, if it's a special occasion. And some of the highlights include meals from Pardon My French, Jubilee, Le Bateau Ivre and more during Bastille Week. So wear your beret and dine like the French!
Celebrate France's Independance Day at this Gallic fair filled with bakery bites (crêpes, eclairs), plus performances by can-can dancers strutting their stuff to the jubilant Hungry March Band. Once the festival fatigue sits in, enjoy nibbles of fromage and baguettes, and sips of beer and various wines and catch a sneak peek film screening of Le Brio at 5:30pm.
Relive Sofia Coppola’s divine feminine fantasy of fashion, matrimony and hard partying in Versailles, France, starring Kirsten Dunst as the empress of opulence and featuring one of the best soundtracks of the 2000s. You’ll be pampered like royalty with a champagne cocktail and an exquisite puff pastry from Ladurée.
The French do many things well—art, cuisine, fashion. Near the tippy-top of that list is, of course, their rich chocolates and smooth champagne. During Bastille Day on 60th St, take a break from all the rowdiness outside and head indoors to the eighth floor of the French Institute Alliance Française for a decadent tasting. You can try France’s most prestigious champagnes and pair the sips with European chocolates from Violà Chocolat and more mouthwatering bites. Velvet-voiced jazz songstress Chloé Perrier performs French and American songs from the 1920s to the '40s.
Drink like the French do during this delicious wine, beer and cocktail tasting during the Bastille Day on 60th Street celebration. There are three sessions, during which you can sample vino from Sud de France, brews by Kroenbourg and a selection of cheeses and fresh baguettes. Best part? A ticket only sets you back $25. Done deal.
Brooklyn (specifically Boerum Hill) throws a massive Bastille Day shindig, comprising live music, amazing food, cold beverages and a massive Pétanque Tournament outside of Bar Tabac. Teams will compete on the packed sand courts, while French-loving revelers watch and enjoy chowing down on bites from the booths of other local sponsors.
Get a taste of the south of France without ever leaving NYC thanks to this weeklong event that allows francophiles to try traditional French dishes and drinks, listen to live music from the country and snag free swag from 11 French restaurants.