Your new favorite spot for a refined date night or friends night out has opened for business on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Exposed brick walls and mood-lighting create the perfect aura for Côté Est, a cavern like French bistro & bar in Highland Park.
Restaurateurs Claudio and Adria Blotta, noted for bringing staples like Barbrix in Silverlake, and Market Provisions on Beverly Boulevard, now venture out into the Northeast area of the city. Executive chef Alex Ageneau created the menu resembling classic French cuisine with a more easygoing twist.
Côté Est takes over where the former 51 Tavern once stood. Although that location has not had a steady resident to occupy the space, it seems like this new rendition has the legs to stay open for the long run.
While cavernous and dimly lit on the inside, the outdoor courtyard dining area is similar in vibe, yet different still. The patio is a semi-intimate space defined by a canopy of trees and anchored by a table-level fireplace. It’s perfect for nights where the sky is clear and air is crisp.
This spacious bistro focuses on traditional French cuisine, meant to pair perfectly with one of the ample selection of wines they have to offer. House-made rillettes, Burgundy escargots, steak frites, and foie gras torchon are some of the options available at one point.
The menu changes almost daily depended on fresh ingredients available, so make sure to check their website before visiting to see what’s being offered. Some rotating items like scallops gratin and smoked-salmon cones.
For desserts, look for items like coconut rice pudding with pineapple, saffron, and pomegranate; and “Le Chocolat” with mousse, ganache, white chocolate crunch, huckleberry, and kumquat.