French restaurant picks for Bastille Day dining

The classic French dish duck a l'orange is

The classic French dish duck a l'orange is served at Le Soir in Bayport. (Credit: Heather Walsh)

Liberty, equality, plat du jour. Celebrate Bastille Day July 14 with a visit to one of the comparatively few French restaurants on L'Ile Longue. Here are three choices.

BISTRO CASSIS, 55-B Wall St., Huntington

This cozy, charming, evocative restaurant is recommended for roast chicken for two, steak frites or au poivre, mussels mariniére, vichyssoise and specials such as Sunday's lamb stew, Tuesday's coq au vin and Thursday's duck a l'orange. Sample the chocolate mousse anytime.

LE SOIR, 825 Montauk Hwy., Bayport

Brighter than ever, Le Soir prepares flavorful escargots in garlic butter, a coarse, livery country pâté, sweetbreads in mushroom-Calvados sauce, sole with almonds, filet mignon in red wine sauce and a duck a l'orange starring pekins from Jurgielewicz Duck Farm.

CHEZ NOËLLE, 34 Willowdale Ave., Port Washington; 516-883-3191

Understated and to the point, Chez Noëlle keeps a fairly low profile and continues to turn first-timers into regulars. Notable dishes: Dover sole meunière, rack of lamb, coq au vin, escargots Bourguignonne, warm goat cheese salad and apple tart.

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