Preview: FIAF Free “Open House” Celebration Tues. Sept 13 at 5:30PM

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Date(s) - 09/13/2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

FIAF (Alliance Française)


Cover image: Fun at the Sky Room © WhereNYC

What’s up?  Don’t miss the 2016 Open House at the French Institute Alliance Française for an evening of all-things French and more.

Damage? Free!  ($3 Film screening of Camille Redouble / Camille Rewinds)

Dancing the Can-can at the annual Bastille Day Block Party © Michael George

Dancing the Can-can at the annual Bastille Day Block Party © Michael George

Why you should go. One of the highlights of the year is annual FIAF Open House. Enjoy a glass of wine, nibble on cheese and hors d’œuvres, chat with new faces, and stick around for the film screening of the Sci-Fi quirky comedy Camille Redouble, or Camille Rewinds.

The 2015 FIAF Open House was so much fun. © WhereNYC

The 2015 FIAF Open House was so much fun. © WhereNYC

FIAF is one of New York City’s most beloved institutions and a treat for Francophiles, offering classes, workshops, racy lectures and ciné soirées.  And every year, its annual Bastille Day Block Party and Open House are the icing on the cake.

If you miss this year’s Open House, you can check out FIAF’s monthly First Tuesdays series, where members and guests alike flock to free sample classes and then head downstairs for wine & cheese.

Spirikal says:

  1. Alone or with friends? Either or, but go!
  2. Dress code? Casual or business work.
  3. Business cards are a must.
  4. Don’t be shy. It doesn’t matter whether you speak French or not. You will learn something new.
  5. Nightcap recommendations: One or two glasses of wine are never enough so these options are within 10 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 a 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.
  • Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza Hotel 1 W 59th St at 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019, lower level. Ranging from everything under the sun, this food hall would seem a safe bet. It can get crowded and sometimes Eataly-esque chaotic.