The last time we heard from chef/heartthrob Alain Allegretti, he was closing up shop at his well-reviewed but poorly attended Flatiron restaurant Allegretti. Now, the French chef is back with a new project, La Promenade des Anglais, which he hopes will capture the hearts and wallets of Francophile New Yorkers.
Housed in Chelsea's London Terrace Gardens, La Promenade promises cuisine "inspired by the French Riviera with subtle influences from various regions of Italy as well." Menu highlights include vitello tonnato ($18) made with veal sweetbreads instead of veal roast, Provençale fish soup ($14) with garlic croutons, Gruyère, and classic rouille, and garganelli pasta with serrano chili, rock shrimp and pickled red onions ($21).
The space, formerly home to Bette, is decorated with breezy accents that are supposed to evoke images of Nice (think collages of pebbly beaches and blue velour banquettes). La Promenade is open for lunch and dinner, with an all-day menu between meals and plans for brunch service starting soon. Here's to hoping that Allegretti's latest project lasts longer than his first.
A look at the full menu: