Alouette is a delightful little storefront on two levels, open to the street, with a cheery bar downstairs and little nooks and corners for romance. Begin with a warm potato tart with organic greens and chive infusion--a superb example of green simplicity. Florida shrimp with cannellini beans make a fine starter, followed up with an excellent entrée of juicy duck breast with creamed rutabatas, red beets, and pommes purée. Hanger steak is good, properly chewy, with crisp gaufrette potatoes and coconut-infused spinach. Lamb pave with a risotto cake and a red wine and shallot reduction came perfectly cooked, as was monkfish and sea bass. The best dessert here was an unusual soupe des fruits with lemongrass jelly and a passion fruit sorbet. -- Esquire, August 1998
Stylish, French bistro that's a godsend to the barren Upper West Side dining scene. Alouette is a diamond in the rough. -- Zagat, 1999
"What's a classy bistro like this doing on Upper B'way?" ask those surprised by this "much needed" "haven" offering "creative", "good value" French fare and "casually stylish" decor, despite "tight" quarters and service "lapses", it's "a real asset" north of 96th Street." -- Zagat, 2000
"While a soundtrack of ambient Euro music sends the signal that Alouette is going for a hyper vibe than the average uptown French restaurant,
don't let that scare you the food here is excellent. The waitstaff is friendly, knowledgable and efficient a treat when you've endured enough bad service downtown. Alouette is cozy and charming, and patrons of all ages seem to be thouroughly enjoying themselves... and why not?
In a city overun with bistros, they found one that gets it right." -- Time Out September 2000