The former Café Dolce Amore is now Bistro 241 (241 NE 2ndAve., 561/272-6100) an adventurous New American eatery from Joseph’s Wine Bar & Café partner (and son of Joseph) Elie Boueri.
Boasting “Cuisine de Marche” (“Cuisine of the Market”), the Boueri’s bistro dishes inventive interpretations of classic dishes, like a lump crabmeat “martini” with Greek yogurt and cucumber “spaghetti,” jumbo shrimp done in the style of New England-style clam chowder, and Black Angus filet mignon with eggplant puree and oven-dried tomato and cured olive salad.
Not unexpectedly, given the Joseph’s connection, Bistro 241’s wine compact but well-chosen wine list offers an intriguing array of wines, both by the bottle and the glass. I’m a particular fan of the Dariush Chardonnay, Pio Cesare Barolo and Justin Isosceles, a Bordeaux-like blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
The restaurant itself is airy and light-filled, with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the street, glittering chandeliers and contemporary furnishings. It’s open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday and dinner daily.