Bastille Day is July 14 – Here’s Where To Go for French Food

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This July 14, we will celebrate the 231st anniversary of Bastille Day, which is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution. However, you don’t need to have even stepped on French soil to celebrate – instead, you can head to one of the many French eateries we have in our Gaslight Commons neighborhood.

If you’re looking to enjoy authentic French dishes such as coq au vin, cassoulet and boeuf bourguignon on Bastille Day, check out some of these French restaurants nearby for a meal that’ll make you feel like you’re dining in the heart of Paris.

Restaurant Lorena’s, located at 168 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood which is six minutes from your Gaslight Commons apartment, is an upscale restaurant delivering French haute cuisine in an intimate, bistrolike setting.

Since the doors of Restaurant Lorena’s opened in June 2005, Chef Campos has been offering his interpretation of French cuisine inspired by the seasons. As an alumnus of the C.I.A. and a graduate of many renowned kitchens, Chef Campos has sourced the seasonal bounty offered up by the many local farms throughout the state.

Verjus, located at 1790 Springfield Ave, Maplewood which is eight minutes from your Gaslight Commons apartment, is a French fine-dining destination with a popular brunch menu and a subdued, sophisticated atmosphere.

Owned by Chef Charles Tutino and his wife, Jane Witkin, Verjus serves contemporary French cuisine in a dining room decorated with works by local artists. The menu changes daily and seasonally, taking advantage of local markets and direct sourcing whenever possible. Plus, the restaurant has a full bar and a list of excellent wines, primarily French and American.

Restaurant Lorena’s

168 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040

(973) 763-4460


1790 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040

(973) 378-8990

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