The spirit of the French Riviera has found a home in the Rockaways. At Bar Marseille, French bistro classics, Provencal cocktails and plenty of seafood pair with views of the ocean, emulating the Mediterranean port city that the establishment was named after.

After a long year of lockdowns, planners looking to treat their attendees to a venue that doesn’t feel like New York can book one of several spaces at Bar Marseille. Semi-private cocktail hours of up to 50 people can be held at the bar, while on the patio or rooftop, private standing gatherings can accommodate 60 or 150, respectively. For the largest groups, restaurant buyouts can hold up to 60 seated and 250 standing; including the rooftop, 160 seated and 350 standing.

Get a taste of Bar Marseille by creating one of its inspired cocktails, the French Kiss. This light, summery cocktail is perfect for pretending you’re basking in the French sun.

—1 oz. Belvedere Vodka
—1 oz. Lillet Rosé
—.5 oz. Fresh grapefruit juice
—.25 oz. St. Germain
—Splash of lime juice
—Thyme sprig
—Grapefruit slice
—Slice of fennel bulb

Shake and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice, and top with prosecco. Garnish with a grapefruit slice, thyme sprig and a slice of fennel bulb.

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