The American bistro Alice Blue is nestled along the shops of West 19th Street, which gives the space a community vibe while also being more upscale.
The space ultimately feels modern and new, even with the cozy, spacious booths that are positioned along the walls. The high ceilings and natural light also make the restaurant feel bigger than it is. Plus, there’s a small outdoor patio to sit at while the weather is still nice.
When I walked in for lunch recently, I had the pleasure of bringing my mom with me for her birthday. Alice Blue proved to be the perfect spot to spend part of the afternoon together. Our server was just the right amount of attentive and was helpful with any questions we had about the menu.
We started off lunch by sharing the grapefruit-avocado salad. The slices of avocado with grapefruit were placed on a layer of lemon aioli with pumpkin seeds, gremolata and a mixture of herbs on top. Gremolata is a green sauce usually made with chopped parsley, lemon zest and garlic.
Avocado and grapefruit, which tends to have a sweet-bitter taste, was a surprisingly nice combination. The citrus of the grapefruit really elevated the avocado. The addition of pumpkins seeds gave the dish another layer of texture that I thought it needed.
Though all of the sandwiches on the menu sounded good, my mom got the BLT and enjoyed it. Once I read the description for the fusilli marinara pasta, I was sold. The fusilli pasta was covered in garlic-basil sauce, Calabrian chili and Italian sausage, which was formed into little meatballs.
The Italian sausage was my favorite part of the pasta. It wasn’t tough to bite through and the seasonings used made my taste buds happy. The garlic-basil sauce was also delicious, and with the chili, a little spicy. It was just enough to bring the heat without the fire.
Since we were celebrating, we had to get dessert. My mom got the milk chocolate mousse with whipped cream. I was able to try a spoonful, and the mousse had an airy quality that I love about mousse. It wasn’t overly chocolatey or sweet. It hit that perfect middle ground.
I tried the apple spice bread pudding at the recommendation of the server. It came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top with caramel drizzle. Though pudding is in the name, it was more like an apple cake. The soft bread, apples and ice cream came together as a good fall treat.
Everything I had at Alice Blue, I genuinely enjoyed. I look forward to the next time I get to stop by during a different time of day to try out other menu items.
Address: 250 W. 19th St.
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Fusilli marinara