Date(s) - 09/15/2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FIAF (Alliance française)
Event: Alliance française open house reception and film screening
Location: 22 East 60th Street between Park and Madison Streets
Date: Tuesday Sept. 15, 2015
Damage: Free and open to the public
Vive la France! Once a year, FIAF opens its doors to the public for this must-attend event. It’s primarly a promotion for the Alliance française’s classes, but hell with free wine, hors d’œuvres canapés, cheese and a film screening – you can’t go wrong, right?
Event perks include:
- 6-7PM: 30-minute French-emersion classes of all levels, which I highly recommend you attend one because it’s a great ice-breaker and you can chat with your classmates later over wine and cheese.
- 6-8PM: Ongoing Reception with free wine, cheese and canapés. I know I keep mentioning this, but yes!
- 7:30 to whenever: Film screening of The New Girlfriend by François Ozon at 7:30pm, Florence Gould Hall Only free for FIAF Members. More info
What is the FIAF / Alliance française?
It is a French cultural centre with locations in major cities both here and abroad. Although it is listed as a non-profit institute, it receives funding from the French government, French and multinational corporations and firms and from private donors. The location in Manhattan offers French language classes and hold cultural events.
- Dress? For this, I would suggest looking a little more business or casual chic. Bear in mind that a lot of professionals attend this series. Men should wear a jacket, sweater or a nice cardigan. You will be interacting with many people so good hygiene is a must.
- Bring your business cards – I mention this a lot, but hopefully it’s sunk in, and you’ve got them made. People from all rank-and-file flock to these events. College students, retirees, bankers, designers, writers, lawyers, and poorly paid public sector employees like myself so this is always a good networking opportunity.
- Don’t be intimidated. If you’ve never taken a French class, this can be fun for everyone and the instructors are charming and encouraging. And the location is fantastic!
- Nearby Nightcap spots: One or two glasses of wine are never enough so I’ve got a couple spots that I sometimes hit. All are with 5 minutes walking distance.
- The Regency Bar on Park Av. 540 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065
(212) 759-4100 – a high end bar with an endless wine/ spirit selection. Cozy and old school elegance. I really love this spot because it’s quiet, staff are polite and you feel like you’re a high stepper.
- The Bar Room 117 E. 60th Street. New York, NY 10022. btwn. Lexington & Park. I almost missed this spot because it’s almost hidden. Even the name is frickin’ generic. But it’s a nice, oaky bar with a full dining menu. The wine menu is fantastic including my white wine choices Sancerre and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc along with reds, craft beers and an impressive Scotch and whiskey list.
- Mon petit café 801 Lexington Ave, (by 62nd) New York, NY 10021 (212) 355-2233 If you’re still feeling French, this place has got you covered. It’s intimate and has a menu that is unabashedly French-classic. The crème brûlée is fantastic, but just make sure you plan to hit the gym the next day.