Do It the French Way… Celebrate “French Cocktail Hour” June 2nd – 8th in New York!

NEW YORK, NY — (MARKET WIRE) — 05/31/2005 — From June 2-8, 2005, consumers can celebrate in style (French style, that is) and raise their glasses at 40 area restaurants in a toast to the French Cocktail Hour. The first thirty guests at participating restaurants who order a featured drink from 6 – 8 pm each evening will receive a free assortment of delicious hors d’oeuvres to complement the “apéritif moment.” See below for list of participating restaurants. Similar promotions will also take place in Chicago and Los Angeles.

This week-long celebration is in honor of the second annual “French Cocktail Hour Day” on Thursday, June 2, 2005, when corks will pop in 31 cities around the world. From Stockholm to Shanghai, Toronto to Tokyo, New York, Paris, London and beyond, the convivial “apéritif moment” will be the toast of the town. An apéritif — from the Latin aperire meaning “to open” — is a gathering of friends around simple, delicious drinks and finger foods, all designed to whet the appetite and ease into evening.

More information on all the French Cocktail Hour festivities and promotions — including a consumer party on June 2nd at Lotus — can be found online at www.frenchcocktailhour.com. The French Cocktail Hour is brought to you by the international communications & marketing agency, Sopexa, in partnership with Maison de la France and the following participating sponsors: Ile de France, Metrowine, Mommessin, Ricard, Toques & Clochers and Time Out New York.

FRENCH COCKTAIL HOUR NYC PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
NAME Address City Phone
14 Wall Street 14 Wall Street New York 212-233-2780
Alouette 2588 Broadway New York 212-222-6845
AOC Bedford 14 Bedford Street New York 212-414-4764
Bacchus 409 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn 718-852-1572
Bandol Bistro 181 E 78th St. New York 212-744-1800
Bar Tabac 128 Smith St. Brooklyn 718-923-0918
Bistro du Nord 1312 Madison Avenue New York 212-289-0997
Brasserie Julien 1422 3rd Avenue New York 212-744-6327
Café Crème Brasserie 165 Madison New York 212-679-8077
Capsouto Frères Restaurant 451 Washington Street New York 212-966-4900
Cassis On Stone 52 Stone Street New York 212-425-3663
Chelsea Bistro & Bar 358 W. 23rd Street New York 212-727-2026
Chez Jacqueline 72 Macdougal Street New York 212-505-0727
David Burke and Donatella 133 East 61st Street New York 212-813-2121
Epicerie Café Charbon 168-170 Orchard Street New York 212-420-7520
Florent 69 Gansevoort Street New York 212-989-5779
Gaby 44 W. 45th Street New York 212-782-3091
Jolie Restaurant 320 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn 718-488-0777
La Mangeoire 1008 2nd Avenue New York 212-759-7086
La Méditerranée 947 Second Avenue New York 212-755-4155
L’Absinthe 227 E. 67th Street New York 212-794-4950
Le Bateau Ivre 230 East 51st Street New York 212-583-0579
Le Clown 205 East 75th Street New York 212-517-3356
Le Père Pinard 175 Ludlow Street New York 212-777-4917
Le Perigord 405 E. 52nd Street New York 212-755-6244
Le Singe Vert 160 7th Avenue New York 212-366-4100
Le Tableau 511 East 5th Street New York 212-260-1333
Les Enfants Terribles 37 Canal Street New York 212-777-7518
Les Sans Culottes East 1085 Second Avenue New York 212-838-6660
Madison Bistro 238 Madison Avenue New York 212-447-1919
Mon Petit Café 801 Lexington Avenue New York 212-355-2233
Montparnasse 230 E. 51st Street New York 212-758-6633
Opia 130 East 57th Street New York 212-688-3939
Patois 255 Smith Street Brooklyn 718-855-1535
Petrossian 128 W. 58th Street New York 212-245-2214
Provence 38 MacDougal Street New York 212-475-7500
Saint-Germain 8303 3rd Avenue Brooklyn 718-745-8899
Savoy 70 Prince Street New York 212-219-8570
The Bubble Lounge 228 W. Broadway New York 212-431-3433
Tout Va Bien 311 West 51st Street New York 212-265-0190
Village 62 West 9th Street New York 212-505-3355

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