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Top 5 Bastille Day Restaurant Destinations in Manhattan

By DNAinfo Staff on July 14, 2011 4:12pm

MANHATTAN — Dance the Can-Can to the music of an 8-piece orchestra in TriBeCa or earn a free bottle of Veuve Cliquot for dressing up as Marie Antoinette — DNAinfo tells you where to fill up on frog legs and coq au vin on Bastille Day 2011.

1. Artisanal (Murray Hill)

Bring along your powdered wig and corset to receive a free bottle of champagne at Murray Hill’s Artisanal. The upscale bistro and fromagerie will be awarding complementary bottles of Veuve Cliquot to Marie Antoinette impersonators during their Bastille Day celebrations. Customers will also enjoy free gougeres (French cheese puffs) and half price drinks from noon to 6 p.m.

2. Jules Bistro (East Village)

Heads could roll at the East Village’s Jules Bistro this Bastille Day. The eatery has procured a 10-foot guillotine to keep their patrons in the revolutionary spirit. Free samples of French liqueur and live music will also serve to ensure a festive holiday atmosphere. Enjoy a two-course French Restaurant Week pre-fix for $17.89.

3. L’Afterworks (Leaves from East 23rd Street)

To celebrate Bastille Day with a view of the Statue of Liberty — it was a gift from the French, after all — hop aboard the L’Afterworks party boat at 8 p.m. Passengers will enjoy a complimentary wine and beer tasting from French Craft Brewers and Sud de France, along with authentic cuisine from the Theater District’s Tout Va Bien. Tickets cost $40, with free T-shirts, sunglasses and raffle prizes thrown in to sweeten the pot. The boat sets sail from the East River at East 23rd Street.

4. Brasserie Julien (Upper East Side)

Use the password “Vive La France” at the Upper East Side’s Brasserie Julien to receive a free glass of sparkling wine, or don a “French disguise” to score complimentary raffle tickets. Top prize is a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant, which can buy you a whole lot of escargot. Festivities kick off at 4:30 p.m.

5. Cercle Rouge (TriBeCa)

Dance the Can-Can to the music of an eight-piece orchestra at TriBeCa’s Cercle Rouge. The brasserie will continue offering its French Restaurant Week pre-fix ($17.89) after the dust settles from its annual pétanque tournament Thursday afternoon.