Stormin’ the Bastille
Joyeux Bastille Day! If you are a francophile or enjoy the idea of democracy or any sort of socialist idea, you will surely want to celebrate the day the French overthrew the monarchy by eating and loving all things French:
BENOIT: On Bastille Day (that’s today) the newest restaurant from French chef Alain Ducasse will be hosting a party in its bar from 5 to 10 p.m. complete with free eats and French cocktail specials. 60 West 55th St., (646) 943.7373
CERCLE ROUGE: This Tribeca spot also celebrates today with music from the Francois Wiss Ensemble, a guillotine and a special three-course dinner prix fixe menu for $39.95. 241 W. Broadway, (212) 226-6252.
GAVROCHE: There’ll be live music starting at 7 p.m. and a special menu at this West Village restaurant; for reservations call (212) 647-855; it’s at 212 W. 14th St.
PAYARD BISTRO: The upper West Side restaurant will be offering a special Bastille Day three-course menu for $45. 1032 Lexington Ave., (212) 717-5252
ZUCCO: Le French Diner: This is my favorite inexpensive French spot. The Angus shell steak with peppercorn sauce is wonderful and inexpensive and the owner is a very charming Frenchman. 188 Orchard St., (212) 677-5200
A nod to my top 10 favorite Frenchie things:
– Fromage (Camambert, Comte, Roquefort, Deux de Montagne)
– Pastries: Macarons, Nougat