Party Like The French Do: Bastille Week!

La Fete National, which is also known as Bastille Day, is celebrated on the 14th of July each year in France. This day commemorates the French Revolution and storming of the Bastille. What does this mean for you lucky New Yorker’s? We get to PARTY with some amazing French restaurants around the city!

The Forgoeis Group invites you to eat and drink while watching North America’s largest Petanque tournament. Hosted in both Tribeca and Brooklyn, you can watch these tournaments, enjoy traditional French street food, and also watch the World Cup on a huge high definition screen (in Brooklyn).

Watching gorgeous men play this sport while enjoying cocktails and French street food sounds like a wonderful way to spend a week.

Starting July 11th at Cercle Rogue, on West Broadway (between White and Beach) will be taken over with these festivities from Noon until Nine that night.  For those of you in Brooklyn, Sunday the 13th Bar Tabac will be the place to be for this fun sporting event, world cup viewings, and of course amazing French cuisine.

IMG_5774I recently visited Cercle Rogue to find out just what this Bastille Day was all about, and of course to eat delicious French food. Here you will find a large but cozy restaurant filled with beautiful art, colors, and cocktails. I started with the Octopus Carpaccio (Carpaccio De Poulpe), which was dressed with oven fried cherry tomato, micro greens, and a bagnat vinaigrette. This dish is light and perfect for a starter when paired with a Lillet cocktail or a crisp Rosé. Rabbit is very popular in French restaurants, so that was my go to of course. The Lapin Au Olive is IMG_5775comforting and delicious and is Braised Rabbit Leg in white wine, topped with roasted fennel, fingerling potatoes, basil pesto, and nicoise olives. This was paired with a nice Rhone red.

 

Desserts are one of a kind and made in house as well here too. The Gateau Basque, an almond flour tart filled with Ricard egg custard is the star on the dessert menu. This tart is light, creamy, and filling, but in the most pleasant way. It’s truly so delicious you just have to go in and try it for yourself.

IMG_5773Be sure to join The Forgeois Group for Bastille Day with a week full of events starting from July 8th until July 14th. Participating restaurants include: Clarkson, Cercle Rouge, Bar Tabac, Jules Bistro, Le Singe Vert, and Café Noir

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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