Scout Notes: At Bistro La Promenade, chef Alain Allegretti reaches back to the Cote d'Azur, ret...At Bistro La Promenade, chef Alain Allegretti reaches back to the Cote d'Azur, retrieving notes of that lush beauty and infusing them into every dish and decorative detail. His is a restaurant of comfortably stylish pleasures, the kind that make you sigh and sink deeper into your plush, blue seat. Long before you order, you're steeped in the warmth of the Riviera (antique mirrors and brass lamps, dark wood between swatches of coastal hues), and what happens next is nothing short of astounding. The food is part love letter and part re-imagination of the classics, a French poem with Italian inflection. You don't need a menu to start off, just tell them you want a lavender-laced cocktail and an order of Burrata. It's sized for the table, and trust meevery one of your friends will thank you.
Alain Allegretti has made a name for himself several times over, both on these shores and abroad, but his work at Bistro La Promenade offers a glimpse of the way he actually prefers to dine. The restaurant is elegant yet unbuttoned enough to encourage weeknight regulars and weekend brunch-seekers. Both crowds are in for some of Allegretti's best work: everything from the Vitello Tonnato (sweetbreads and blue-fin tuna with romaine hearts) to the Ratatouille Raviolini (done in a chorizo tomato sauce with a hit of Manchego) offers striking flavors that satisfy and drive you on to the next course. Whether or not you journey far enough to sample the braised rabbit or pork loin, make sure you still save space for dessert. The chestnut-glazed doughnuts are the best you'll ever try.
Whipped Ricotta, $8
Vitello Tonnato, $18
Lamb Osso Buco, $30
MondayThursday, 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 11 a.m.
Friday, 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.