Bastille Day beckons

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Haven’t had your fill of “petanque” parties?

Chez Oskar, the “funky French bistro” in Fort Greene, will offer “petanque,” along with food, live music, dancers, fire-eaters and exuberant French spirit at its “mini-block party” in celebration of Bastille Day and the restaurant’s 10th anniversary.

The two-day-long soiree — with revelry on both Sunday and Monday nights — will feature performances by the bluegrass band the Blue Vipers, the jazz/pop duo Vaeda, DJ Toxi Lady, the Shanghai Mermaid dance troupe, and fire-eater Sasha Devoe, as well as Cobble Hill singer Kesheira.

Chez Oskar’s $29-prix-fixe menu includes an appetizer, such as country pate or rock shrimp ceviche; a main course, such as grilled Atlantic salmon with a lemon parsley crust or farro risotto with sun-dried tomato pesto; and for dessert, a choice between flourless chocolate cake, homemade cheese cake or peach melba.

Why is Chez Oskar throwing such a lavish party for Bastille Day?

Because “liberty, equality and brotherhood is a real good thing to celebrate,” said restaurant co-owner Charlotta Janssen, pictured with friend Garth Aitkins.

The Chez Oskar Bastille Day parties begin at 6 pm on July 13 and July 14 outside the restaurant, located at 211 DeKalb Ave. at Adelphi Street in Fort Greene. Admission is free. For information, call (718) 852-6250 or visit

Updated 5:07 pm, July 9, 2018
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