Viva la France! French Restaurant Week returns for its seventh edition July 8-14, with $17.89 meals at top French restaurants. The $17.89 price honors the date of the French Revolution, which began on July 14, 1789, known ever since as Bastille Day.
This year again, French Restaurant Week is both in NYC and in Chicago.
Restaurants across both cities are offering special promotional prices of $17.89 (bar option), $25 (lunch option), $42 (dinner option) and $178.90 (dinner option for 2).
More than a dozen top French restaurants are participating in New York City this year, including Brasserie 8 1/2 in Midtown and Petite Boucherie in the Village.
Fig & Olive, with locations in both New York City and Chicago, is participating in both cities.
The final day of French Restaurant Week – July 14th – is Bastille Day, celebrated every year in NYC with a huge Bastille Day Street Fair in Manhattan.
It’s New York’s largest annual fête of French culture, with FREE live performances by French and American groups, including Can Can dancers, activities for children and families, wine and Champagne tastings, a special film screening, and more than 60 booths showcasing the best of French food and Francophile culture.
Read more about the Bastille Day Street Fair on our list of
There also are FREE screenings of films with a French theme in NYC parks all summer, this year featuring women filmmakers.
See our list of Films on the Green.
Back to French Restaurant Week:
The $17.89 option is for one appetizer and one drink.
The $25 lunch is for either two courses and one drink or three courses.
The $42 dinner is for either two courses and one glass of wine or three courses.
The $178.90 dinner for two includes a full bottle of French wine.
Find the complete list here, and their menus.
Find more information, and make your reservations at a special Open Table microsite.
Find more cheap eats in NYC on the NYCOTC Cheap Eats page.
BTW – NYC Restaurant Week begins later in July, with more than 300 restaurants offering special menus and prices.