These French-Inspired Restaurants Are Perfect for Celebrating Bastille Day 

07/09/2024 in
These French-Inspired Restaurants Are Perfect for Celebrating Bastille Day 

You may not be living it up in the south of France this summer the way seemingly everyone on your Instagram feed is, but we’d argue these restaurants are the next best option. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14 or simply need some more buttery, creamy, cheesy dishes in your life, we’ve rounded up some French-inspired spots in Lower Manhattan that’ll keep you from envying everyone in the Olympic Village. From upscale occasion-worthy dining to delicious grab-and-go sandwiches, here’s where Francophiles should eat and drink in Lower Manhattan. Vive la France!

Le District

It would be easy to spend an entire day in this French marketplace located in Brookfield Place. It houses a cafe, creperie, patisserie, salad bar, ice cream station and burger bar, all of which offer easy grab-and-go fare. That’s all in addition to Liberty Bistro, a French brasserie where diners can enjoy dishes like steak frites and lobster cocktail washed down with a glass of French wine. If the weather is nice, grab a seat on the terrace for gorgeous views of the Hudson River. (225 Liberty St.) 

Paris Cafe

One of the oldest brasseries in the city, the Paris Cafe — established in 1873 — is reportedly a former hangout for iconic figures including Bob Dylan, Teddy Roosevelt and Lauren Bacall. In 2024, it remains a great spot to sip on a French-inspired cocktail such as the Paris in Manhattan, made with rosé, house-made raspberry syrup, rosé syrup and prosecco, or the Summer in Paris, made with patron, watermelon, peach, pomegranate and simple syrup. Their menu also includes items like the French dip sandwich, potato truffle croquettes, and a frisée salad. (119 South St.) 

La Parisienne

This cheerful cafe serves up breakfast, lunch and brunch seven days a week in a small dining space on Maiden Lane. They don’t take reservations, so arrive a little early to put your name in for a table. Trust us, the Croque Madame with truffle bechamel is worth the wait. On weeknights, La Parisienne offers a curated evening menu of French tapas, sandwiches, salads and desserts, but you’ll have to arrive before 7:30 to enjoy it all. (9 Maiden Ln.)

Poulette

As the logo outside will tell you, this spot is “Very French.” Poulette is all about French-inspired rotisserie chicken. The business sources its chickens from family farms and only uses free-roaming, hormone-free birds. They’re cooked on imported rotisserie machines from France and served up with hearty sides like mac and cheese, sauteed string beans and mushrooms, and ratatouille. A whole chicken with four sides and sauces comes out to less than $40, making it a great choice for takeout if you’re feeding your family (or your hungry roommates). (88 Fulton St.) 

Croquant

Located in the same building as Poulette is Croquant, a pressed panini shop that’s also inspired by French tradition. There are seemingly endless options for meat, cheese and veggies that you can stuff into the panini. But the ones that caught our eye are the grilled hanger steak panini made with swiss cheese, chimichurri and caramelized onions and the brie pressed panini made with apple and honey mustard. If you’re in the mood to try a new breakfast sandwich, this place offers a bacon, egg and cheddar pressed panini with dijonnaise. (88 Fulton St.)

T. Brasserie

This is the spot to take your out-of-town guests when you truly want to impress them. T. Brasserie, located in the Tin Building, is a restaurant inspired by chef Jean-Georges’ childhood in the Alsace region of France. Start the meal by sharing escargot and the country pâté before chowing down on moules frites, roasted cod or a perfectly cooked steak. Of course, you can’t leave without dessert. If you can’t decide between the profiteroles and the dark chocolate mousse, why not order both? (96 South St.)

La Marchande

At this elegant French restaurant, the luxe decor is as impressive as the food itself. La Marchande, located in the Wall Street Hotel, focuses on creative French cuisine made with seasonal ingredients. You might get to enjoy items like French onion dumplings, bone marrow, pull-apart milk bread with caviar, charred Faroe Island salmon, and the La Marchande burger. Martini lovers will appreciate Martini Marche, which is where customers can choose from a selection of unique spirits and a whole market of garnishes to create their own personalized cocktail. (88 Wall St.) 

Épicerie Boulud

Épicerie Boulud is conveniently located in the Westfield World Trade Center, making it the perfect place to recharge with a croissant and a latte when you need a break from shopping. In addition to French breads and pastries, diners can also enjoy hearty salads, sandwiches and soups. They also sell pints of gelato if you’re looking to enjoy a sweet treat at home. (185 Greenwich St.) 

photo: La Parisienne

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