Long Island may not be the epicenter of dining out French, but there's more than a soupcon of choices where you may channel your inner Parisian. Here are four that raise the tricolor with flair on Sunday, July 14.
Bistro Cassis in Huntington is dependably full-flavored. The cozy spot also has excellent service. And on Sunday, the plat du jour is navarin of lamb, a stew with summer vegetables. Also consider the roast chicken for two, hanger steak with red wine sauce, steak au oivre and sole meuniere.
Le Soir in Bayport, reborn after a devastating fire, attracts you with plump escargots in garlic butter, country-style pate, oysters mignonette. roast Jurgielewicz Farm duck a l'orange, pan-roasted chicken and an evocative version of tarte Tatin, the classic upside-down apple tart.
Aperitif in Rockville Centre brightens Sunrise Highway with its Gallic accent. The kitchen sounds New American and Italian notes, too. But sample the coq au vin, beef Bourguignonne, braised lamb shank and sole finished with white wine and shallots. Goodf beet-and-goat-cheese salad, too.
And if you're on the East End: Almond in Bridgehampton. The standout bistro prepares excellent roast chicken with garlicky potatoes, marinated hanger steak frites, chilled tomato soup, a Milk Pail apple crostada a la mode and a chocolate pot-de-creme with whipped creme fraiche.
Bistro Cassis, 55B Wall St., Huntington; 631-421-4122.
Le Soir, 825 Montauk Hwy., Bayport; 631-472-9090.
Aperitif, 242 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre; 516-594-3404.
Almond, 1 Ocean Rd., Bridgehampton; 631-537-5665.