In a place that’s been culturally diverse since its inception, New York City is the perfect place for cultural celebrations of all kinds. Beginning in 1892, Ellis Island provided immigrants the opportunity to come live in New York City and the city has been rich with vibrant celebrations and cultural diversity ever since.

Bastille Day, also known as La Fete Nationale, is the celebration of the anniversary of the French storming the Bastille on July 14, 1789. In New York City, it is also an homage to French Culture: a day for those of French heritage or for people who want to celebrate the beauty of French cuisine and culture. Between French shops and food, here are ten ways to celebrate the holiday in New York City (aside from Bastille Day on 60th Street, New York’s largest public celebration of France’s Independence Day). 

10. French Restaurant Week

Dominique Bistro. Image via French Restaurant Week Facebook

When anyone mentions culture, food is usually the first thing that pops into mind. To honor all of the amazing contributions the French have made to food, 42 restaurants are participating in French Restaurant Week in New York City. Notable participants include Le Cirque, La Ripaille, and Le Rivage. 

The annual event began in 2011 and is operating with Open Table. The event offers easy, fixed-price menu options that range from an affordable $18 to the more pricey option of $178.90. French Restaurant Week started on July 6th and will go until the 16th.

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