C'est Bastille Day aujourd hui! Frogs and Francophiles were out in force on Smith Street in Brooklyn yesterday for the Bastille Day celebration, which featured big band music by Baby Blue Orchids, plenty of French food, French cigarettes and heated games of Petanque, played on sand dumped out for the occasion. McBrooklyn reports that "actual French people were everywhere, smoking cigarettes and speaking actual French."

If you missed out on all that, there's still time to Frenchify your Monday, since today is Bastille Day proper. And what better way to commemorate the start of the French Revolution than with copious amounts of food and drink?

  • Paradou is serving unlimited wine and champagne cocktails for $25 with dinner tonight. For reservations call 212-463-8345 or go online. [8 Little West 12th Street]
  • Park Avenue Bistro is not only offering a "grand prix fixe" for the occasion, but is staging photo sessions with their own Marie Antoinette (avec ou sans guillotine, and next to cake, naturally). The three course menu is $35, features traditional French favorites like escargot and coq au vin, and comes with a glass of Lillet. Photos will be available on line, after Bastille Day at The Bistro's Blog. Photo opportunity with Marie Antoinette 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm; Dining Hours: 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm -- 5:00 pm to 12:00 am. Call 212-689-1360 for reservations. [377 Park Avenue South]
  • Alain Ducasse’s new French bistro, Benoit, is celebrating today from 5:00-10:00pm in the restaurant’s Bar area, where they will be serving free French bistro fare including Croques Monsieur, Egg Mayo, Pissaladière, and blue, white, and red macaroons. They've also got drink specials: Ricard - $5/glass; Champagne - $12/glass; Kronenbourg 1664 on tap - $5/glass; and the classic Kir - $7/glass. [60 West 55th Street, near 6th Avenue]
  • Gavroche has festivities beginning at 4 pm with live music from guitarist Joseph Lockhart starting at 7. In addition to the regular a la carte menu, Gavroche is serving a special Bastille Day menu, including selections like a Lobster Salad Remoulade with Porto Vinaigrette for $14 and a Filet Mignon with French Fries, Sauteed Asparagus and Green Peppercorn Sauce for $29. [212 West 14th Street]
  • Cercle Rouge is celebrating with a special menu, live music from the Francois Wiss Ensemble and decorative acoutrements including a guillotine. Starting at 6pm, they'll be serving special three-course dinner prix fixe menu of French favorites for $39.95 along with the regular a la carte menu. Dishes include Tarte aux Oignons et Chevre, Truite Amandine, and Tarte aux Fraises (goat cheese and onion tart, trout almondine, and strawberry tart). Call 212-226-6252 for reservations [241 West Broadway]