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Posted on December 30, 2019

Bonne Année! Celebrating New Year’s With French Traditions

For many, our holiday traditions become somewhat static as the years go on. Travel to this relative’s house this day. Eat this meal that day. Be home by this time. It all gets rather… boring! But your New Years celebration doesn’t have to. Do as the French do and incorporate some of these New Year’s traditions in your holiday plans. 

French Food

A holiday meal in France is sure to be full of rich flavors. Traditional dishes include foie gras and oysters. An elaborate meal, but one full of flavorful memories. 

Want to incorporate a little bit of France into your appetizers? Try this escargot stuffed mushrooms recipe. Using canned snails, you can show your guests an elegant dish with a fraction of the cost and time. 

Snails not your thing? No problem! How about a triple chocolate mousse? Just layer white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate mousses, add coffee or cappuccino to really wow the crowd!

Night on the Town

Why stay in when you can go out? In France people are hitting the hottest clubs, going dancing and celebrating with their friends. Not sure where to go? We have a few ideas:

  • New Year’s Eve at Le Manhattan Bistro: We will be taking reservations to ring in the new year from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. with a fabulous menu that is sure to make your mouth water. Cost is $85 per person. Call 570-901-4040 to book your table today!
  • River Street Jazz Cafe: Come for dinner and a show! Philadelphia Freedom: A Tribute to Elton John begins at 9 p.m. with meal options by Grico’s. 
  • Kevin’s: Dance the night away with Volunteers in Medicine at Kevin’s

The Champs-Elysées Avenue

While we in America like to gather at Times Square in New York City for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, the people of Paris gather at The Champs-Elysées Avenue. People gather to see a light show projected on to the famed Arc de Triomphe monument and a fireworks display.

Bonnes fêtes de fin d‘année

Many of us begin to say “Happy New Year,” as soon as Christmas ends. However, in France, you don’t begin to wish people a happy new year until the official start of the new year–12 midnight. 

Up until that time, people will wish each other, “Bonnes fêtes de fin d‘année” or a good end of year celebrations.

Regardless of how you celebrate the New Year, make sure it’s memorable. Speaking of memories, take a trip down memory lane with a look back at 2019

Happy Holidays from Le Manhattan Bistro!

Attending a New Year’s Eve party and want to bring your hostess a gift? Our gift cards will make your host say, “sip, sip, hooray!” 

We look forward to serving you at all of our fine establishments:                                        

The Beaumont Inn;

The River Street Jazz Cafe;



Cork Bar & Restaurant;

Le Manhattan Bistro;

Fire and Ice