Commemorates anniversary of uprising against crown that became signature moment of French Revolution Don’t put away the enthusiasm for everything red, white, and blue just yet.
This weekend is Bastille Day, and uptown will be full of joie de vivre and francophones celebrating the birth of modern France on its national holiday. Author and historian Eric Washington will lead a special tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house, as well as the Trinity Church Cemetery, with an emphasis on Madame Eliza Jumel. The Napoleon sympathizer tried to create a “Little France” movement in Harlem in the 1800s. Two of Harlem’s French-inspired eateries will also throw a little soiree to commemorate the anniversary of the uprising against the constitutional monarchy during the French Revolution.
Cedric French Bistro and Bar will celebrate with a Brunch Party starting at 11 a.m., and the bubbly will continue until 5 p.m. Maison Harlem will serve up crepes, live music, swing dancing and a $17.95 dinner and wine special, choice of fish or hanger steak. Other French dining options uptown include ever-popular Chez Lucienne (308 Lenox Ave.), Yatenga Bistro and Bar (2269 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) with its beloved Mussels Provençal, and Les Ambassades (342 Lenox Ave.), which serves up tastes of Senegalese-influenced Parisian cuisine.