The French take their Bastille Day-celebrating seriously with parades, raucous parties and freely flowing Champagne. Luckily, we can experience the fun here in New York City: Plenty of establishments are providing festive ways to channel your inner Francophile come July 14:
For Foodies French Restaurant Week kicked off yesterday and runs through July 17, with restaurants such as Artisanal, Benoit and Brasserie Cognac serving up tasty bistro fare at bargain prices. For a truly French dining experience, head to new hot-spot Lyon for the $18 pâté duo, which comes with crispy pommes frites and a glass of Beaujolais. 118 Greenwich Ave. (between 12th and 13t Sts.)
For Partygoers The Bastille Day Ball, hosted by the Committee of French Speaking Societies, is sure to be the fanciest fete in town. The only official party of its kind since 1924, the ball is a fashion spectacle. The $120 VIP ticket includes a lavish French buffet, open bar and a chance to win two round-trip tickets to Paris. Club 404, 404 10th Ave. (at 33rd St.)
For Culture Buffs Roving artist collective French Culture Nights will host a free, two-day festival on the Sky Deck Terrace of the Novotel Hotel, featuring art exhibits, live music, wine tastings and cooking demonstrations. You'll feel like you're in the middle of Montmartre. July 16 to 17 at the Novotel Hotel, 226 W. 52nd St. (at Broadway).