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Bastille Day: A tricolor of choices

Almond's dining room features a grand tin ceiling,

Almond's dining room features a grand tin ceiling, subway tiles and Hamptonian flair. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

On July 14, 1789, the citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille.

You can attack a plate of escargots.

French restaurants are few in Nassau and Suffolk, so you might feel a bit revolutionary visiting one.  Here are three very good spots to join in the day's festivities.

Brasserie Cassis in Plainview is a big, buoyant, artfully appointed restaurant. It's situated in a shopping center but transcends the location. Try frisee aux lardons. mussels mariniere, perhaps the roast chicken for two, or the duck with orange sauce.

Aperitif in Rockville Centre also looks the part. And despite the deviations from the Gallic kitchen, it's a solid choice. Recommendations include the platter of shellfish, sole Normande with shallot-cream sauce, steak frites, and even on this humid day, beef Bourguignonne. Or be rebellious and have a lobster roll.

Almond in Bridgehampton is a stellar bistro, French and American. Go for those escargots finished with Pernod, the roast chicken with red bliss potatoes, New York strip steak au poivre, hanger steak Bordelaise. the flatiron steak with anchovy butter, and especially the chocolate pot de creme with creme fraiche.

Brasserie Cassis, 387 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview; 516-653-0090.

Aperitif, 242 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre; 516-594-3404.

Almond, 1 Ocean Rd., Bridgehampton; 631-537-5665.


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