Dear friends and eaters,
I used to live in Chelsea so I know the scene a bit and have enjoyed the great restaurants in the area quite a bit. When my friend and foodie Holly from Randon Cravings told me about Alain Allegretti’s latest restaurant, La Promenade Des Anglais, I was curious to try his provencal cuisine. After all, the South of France, along with Capri, are my personal definition of heaven.
The decor has the traditional colors of a village by the sea (if you allow me to call Nice like that, of course) with white and blue and a rustic, yet refined accents. The restaurant is also a great place for celebrity spotting as it is far from the frenzy of the meatpacking or midtown: the perfect place for celebrities to have an undisturbed meeting with “suits”.
I particularly enjoyed the food: traditional Mediterranean fare rendered delicious by the great quality of the ingredients and the refined technique. My dinnermates and I tried the Zucchini Flower Beignets and the Friend Gnocchi. Both were delicious and crunchy, with a nice bite (difficult to find if the fried food is not properly drained of eccess oil). The Tuna crudo and Octopus a la plancha were also very good. Allegretti can cook his seafood, that much I can tell you because the Branzino was juicy and the Cod was really tasty too. The Veal medallions were excellent but that comes from a person who loved cauliflowers so your mileage will vary.
Save space for dessert! In a previous outing I got stuck with Baba’ au Rhum, which was good but non great. I am Neapolitan, you know… Baba’ is like religion down there. The real winner was my friend who ordered the chocolate fondant.
La Promenade Des Anglais brings to NY a corner of Cote d’ Azur.