Studies show that though most Americans wish they spoke French, they are still universally irritated by people who insist on correctly pronouncing the word "croissant." Pronounce powerful eating sounds with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary French fare and drinks at Alouette French Bistro on the Upper West Side.
Inside of its whimsical red-trimmed doors, Alouette French Bistro gives guests entry to a world of carefully crafted, modern French edibles in an intimate, romantic setting. Alouette's menu boasts an array of fresh proteins and classic French sauces contemporized with unexpected ingredients, as exemplified by the hollow-stomach-filling starter of duck-liver mousse juxtaposed with caramelized-apple puree and toast points ($10). Entree-sized appetites are greeted by pan-seared salmon reclining on a sandy beach of couscous near grilled asparagus palm trees and a sparkling sea of red-beet vinaigrette ($21), while diver sea scallops planted in spinach, saffron sauce, and purple potatoes ($26) prove that surprising splashes of color shouldn't appear solely on tie-dyed clothing. The wine list's sweet nectars keep throats unparched, and a dessert menu coat tongues in a medley of mixed berries napoleon ($8) or sliced poached pear soaking in white wine and chocolate sauce ($7.50).
The atmosphere's oversized, red-velvet curtains, distressed hardwood floor, and white tabletops are bathed in outside light from long, red-trimmed windows and doors, clothing the space in French detail. The warm bistro setting proves fitting for weekly musicians who keep toes tapping and tummies rhythmically digesting with jazz tunes on Tuesdays and classical melodies on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Nearly 30 Yelpers give Alouette French Bistro a three-star average. Reviewers are mixed on the quality of food preparation but praise the ambiance. More than 210 OpenTable reviewers give it a 3.7-star average.
Alouette French Bistro
Snuggled behind a red-trimmed Parisian façade, Alouette French Bistro presents generous portions of contemporary French cuisine. The menu boasts a diverse selection of traditional Gallic proteins peppered with freshly sourced ingredients and unexpected flourishes, exemplified by the Maplecrest free-range chicken and chive pomme purée, slathered in a basting of shiitake and truffle oil. A bumper crop of all-organic fruits and veggies garnishes plates of diver sea scallops and roasted lamb with saffron-spiced fingerling potatoes and savory tomato confit. The wine list overflows with reds, whites, and bubbles from Europe and the New World, while desserts and cordials cap off dinners with dulcet notes of sweetness.
Alouette’s intimacy is enhanced by flowing red curtains, vintage hardwood flooring, and an elegant antique chandelier. Owner Jon Michael Pardo cultivates a high-class, yet low-key atmosphere, plying patrons with elegant meals prepared by a native French chef and delivered by a friendly wait staff. The two-tiered space allows for romantic dining as well as weekly musical performances by local jazz, classical, and washboard-percussion performers.