While it’s not our national holiday, many New Yorkers love to make like the French (or make love to the French) on July 14 in ordor to honor Bastille Day. Here’s three special ways to do so this year!
The Consulate General of France in New York, the French Institute Alliance Française and the Committee of French Speaking Societies will present a special Bastille Day Celebration in Central Park at SummerStage (Rumsey Playfield), beginning at 6:30pm. After the playing of the French and U.S. National Anthems, visitors will be treated to the stylings of a jazz quintet headlined by vocalist Kavita Shah, followed by a get-up-and-dance set with film clips by star Joachim Garraud and a screening of the 2020 French comedy “My Donkey, My Lover & I.” Chairs and seating are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.fiaf.org
For more than four decades, local Francophiles have flocked to Chez Josephine (411 W. 42nd Street), the elegant eatery once owned by Jean-Claude Baker, son of the legendary entertainer Josephine Baker. On Bastille Day, diners can indulge in classic Gallic fare – including escargot, pate and trout almondine – as well as two specially-created jazz shows (at 7pm and 10pm). Call 212-594-1925 for reservations.
At East Village supper club Pangea (178 Second Avenue), “Allons Enfants,” a Bastille Day celebration masterminded by Steve Ross and Jean Brassard, with special guests Karen Akers and Stephanie Biddle, premieres on July 14 at 8:30pm. Unfortunately, you’ll need to nab a last-minute cancellation to attend, but if you’re willing to celebrate Bastille Day a little late, another performance, on Friday August 6, at 7pm, has been added to the club’s schedule. For information and reservations, visit www.pangeanyc.com
Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina in Brooklyn Bridge Park, is commemorating Bastille with a special menu from Executive Chef Jonathan Rodriguez (Danny Brown Kitchen, Batard). It includes Deviled Eggs with Cajun spiced mayo and smoked trout roe, Steak Tartare served with Dijon and capers that’s topped with a quail egg, as well as Côte de Boeuf in a peppercorn sauce served with fries. Estuary is also offering two biodynamic wines shipped directly from France to the marina via the cargo sailboat, Grain De Sail. They are White: Domaine Des Maravilhas, Côtes du Rhône, France 2019 (Clairette) or Red: Maestral Domaine Des Maravilhas, Côtes du Rhône, France 2015 (cinsault, Grenache, Syrah). For more information, visit www.estuarybrooklyn.com
French bistro La Goulue on East 61st Street in Midtown is offering a special menu in honor of Bastille Day on Wednesday, July 14th. Crafted by Executive Chef Antoine Camin, the $65 prix fixe with a cocktail, called French 75 with Citadelle Gin, fresh lemon juice and Frerejean Frères. Diners will also discover Salade Lyonnaise (Frisée salad, bacon vinaigrette, poached egg and croutons) and Navarin d’Agneau (braised lamb with summer vegetables). For more information, visit www.lagouluerestaurant.com