Bloomie’s redux

Bloomingdale’s revamped La Provence restaurant, which just reopened, is very 1940s, very late Art Deco, very Joan Crawford-y – all sage green and black and white, swanky banquettes, bronze, eggbeater-style chandeliers and trompe-l’oeil flooring. If you loved the rustic Gallic charm of the old La Provence, with its creamy, textured walls and fireplace, this will take some getting used to. But the new space has a retro elegance all its own, along with some new dishes, including a crab cake sandwich, chicken paillard salad, grilled flat bread, lobster mac & cheese, and a porterhouse pork chop. Not to worry, the beloved frozen yogurt, in several to-die-for flavors, salad bar and popovers are still menu fixtures.

To celebrate the newly designed spaced, La Provence will be offering diners the chance to win dinner for 10 at the chef’s table by sharing their favorite La Provence memories.  (Entry forms are available at La Provence or email your memories to Also, children under age 10 eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée. (This offer is valid through Oct. 21.)

Speaking of eats, we hear that Bloomie’s adjacent counter, which has not yet gotten a makeover, has Bloomberged French fries, potato chips and fried food in an attempt to foster healthy eating. (They’re still available in the new main dining room.) Thanks to WAG friend Barbara Nachman for this nugget, which, as she points out, is “not a chicken nugget, of course.”

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