Where to eat on Bastille Day in NYC

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Bo’s New Orleans-style menu retains its French influences.
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We had ours on the Fourth of July, now it’s time for France’s equivalent on July 14. Go out and show your solidarity with the French in overthrowing the monarchy by eating some Paris-worthy grub.

Get fancy

General Assembly
Time travel is almost possible this Bastille Day at General Assembly. The restaurant is re-creating a menu by French culinary icon Auguste Escoffier from all the way back in 1900. The only thing not from 1900 is the price, but it’s still a good deal at $65. 360 Park Ave. S., 212-951-7111

New Orleans hasn’t been France’s property for a long time, but Louisiana cuisine wouldn’t be the same without its influence. Laissez les bon temps rouler at Bo’s for roasted oysters, andouille gumbo and etouffee in a relaxed setting. Save room for the cayenne-spiced beignets with caramel-chocolate sauce and coconut cream. 6 W. 24th St., 212-234-2373 

La Fete Montmartre
Instead of the cream sauces and foie gras that can weigh down a hot day, this West Chelsea eatery’s French-style bites keep it light: dill crepe salmon rillette and socca corn with fromage blanc, served to the tune of a live gypsy jazz band. Tickets are $89, which include food and our favorite kind of bar: an open one! 158 Eighth Ave., 646-596-8838

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The kitchen at Louro managed to make foie gras look appealing.
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Chef David Santos might have roots in Portugal, but it was his uncle’s bay plant in his French backyard that inspired him to call his restaurant Louro, which means bay leaf in Portuguese. This Bastille Day he’ll celebrate everything French, beginning with a complimentary French 75 cocktail and cheese puffs. The Bastille Day prix fixe dinner is $65 — BYO wine and beer. 142 W. 10th St., 212-206-0606 


Casual fare

La Maison Du Croque Monsieur
Want to eat a gourmet sandwich in the former home of erotic novelist Anais Nin? The French would approve, and La Maison knows it — they’ve named their sandwiches after her various lovers. There’s smoked salmon with herb goat cheese, a French take on the Cuban and no shortage of fromage-focused varieties. For Bastille Week, any croque and a glass of wine is $10. Ooh la la. 17 E. 13th St., 212.675.2227


The Clicquot Mail Truck at Bagatelle
A petanque tournament, oysters and a glass of Veuve Clicquot is how Bastille Day should be celebrated. Bagatelle is throwing the indoor equivalent of a French lawn party, with the Clicquot crew standing by to serve bubbly in the most of-the-moment way: from a food truck. 1 Little West 12th St., 212-488-2110 

Haven Rooftop
If the weather behaves, there’s no better place to celebrate than on a rooftop overlooking the city (even though you can’t see the Eiffel Tower from here). The French prix fixe menu is $49, and for an additional $20 you can toast with Champagne. Bon appétit! 132 W. 47th St., 212-466-9000



Block party

Bastille Day on 60th Street
Celebrate the historic friendship between the U.S. and France at the city’s biggest Bastille Day party on Sunday beginning at noon. France gave us the Statue of Liberty, you’ve gotta raise your glass to that! This family friendly fete will have crepes, wine, beer, music, face painting and more. 22 E. 60th St., 212-355-6100

Enjoy a French block party on West Broadway. Credit: Provided
Enjoy a French block party on West Broadway.
Credit: Provided

Cercle Rouge
From Friday at noon, La Fete Nationale takes over West Broadway with Pétanque tournaments across 12 regulation-size courts, traditional French street food, live music and a bar sponsored by Ricard. Traditional street food like the merguez sandwich (fried lamb sausage, and harissa on a baguette) is the order of the day. Between White and Beach streets


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