2588 Broadway, New York, NY, 10025
at 97th St.
By kld on 9/4/2011
Disappointing. Mediocre food. The meat wasn't very tender, just about edible. The fish was slightly tough - just ok. The chocolate mousse was BAD! They used white chocolate and milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate as advertised on the menu. When I asked them about it they sprinkled a few dark choc shavings on it but that was it. If you want a great French dining experience, go elsewhere. This place is not worth the money.
By shahabito on 7/25/2011
This place was terrible. The food didn't taste fresh and wasn't prepared with care. The manager was a total tool when I expressed my displeasure. And to top it off, the prices are too high. There are too many good French bistros in my hood to ever go back; Picnic, Cafe du Soleil, Le Monde, Bistro Ten 18 are all better places.
By UWSlikesToEat on 5/2/2011
Alouette has taken an unfortunate turn for the worse. We used to enjoy both the food and the service, but each has deteriorated significantly. The preparations are not as inventive as they once were; the management is not at all accommodating, and the service is careless and indifferent. We're quite dismayed, since we live in the neighborhood and Alouette was once one of our regular hangouts.
By cotseuser on 4/22/2011
$25 small piece of liver dish "with mashed potatoes" had less than 2 tablespoons of it, practically as only a garnish! :( -- much better fare and portions at the other 2 uws french places, picnic and soleil!
By beckman on 2/21/2011
Whatever ambiance this so called French bistro has to offer won't offset the painfully slow service and hastily prepared food. I've dined in France, and I assure you, this place is far from authentic. Not up to French standards, or even New York standards. The best thing about this place was leaving!
By druandrob on 12/31/2010
Just returned from dinner with family for New Year's Eve: Steak with peppercorn sauce and pomme frites was tough, not easy to chew and was returned twice as the chef wasn't able to cook the steak medium. It clearly was rare not only once but twice. The frites were not crispy and were cold and wimpy. To make matters worse, the price on the check for one of our entrees was incorrect- the maitre-de defensively said that we had "an old menu". While we've heard such good things about Alouette, I have to say that the furnishings resembled a catering hall when the bar mitzvah or wedding is over and the staff is cleaning up. That is to say that all the furnishings looked like they were bought in the restaurant supply district downtown. The only good thing was the waiter who was perfectly nice and reasonable. Not the manager-comme maitre-de.
By hrexecutive on 5/20/2010
It was a very pleasant and inviting place that screamed romance! The Mahi Mahi special was divine and the Ile Flottante was delicious. Must go back more often!
By MYSTEREEZ on 7/15/2003
Aloutte offers Upper West Siders a wonderful dining experience at modest prices. In fact it offers an early bird special for the budget conscious which includes hanger steak as an entree choice. This is a must! Their fish dishes are outstanding and tastefully prepared and presnted. Many wine choices are available to complement your meal. While the restaurant is somewhat narrow and can feel a bit cramped, the upstairs seating is somewhat more roomy. The service, while not too swift, is friendly and courteous. Sometimes the wait for dessert can be exasperating, especially if it's crowded. Still, a great place for a great meal.
By zeecee on 3/31/2003
The menu is ordinary. I had a leftover special of coq au vin, which was edible, but no better. It felt make-shift. Service was okay. Atmosphere was tired. A friend suggested it for its location. I'd have been happier elsewhere. It's not expensive. Dinner was under $40 with the glass of wine.
By BarbaraAnn on 2/14/2003
The food was superb. I had the breast of duck which made me sigh with delight; my host has the scallops and was just as delighted. The creme brulee was exceptional. Alouette is small downstairs; I did not check their upper room. But the design of the room makes it feel much larger with a judicious use of mirrors to open it up. My only disappointment the entire evening was their not having orange to put in my Lillet. I will certainly go back and soon.