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Posted by Anonymous on 02/26/2007
I've been twice to Cafe Cluny and found it somewhat disappointing both times - given all they hype. Food is just average and VERY expensive for what you get - not to mention TINY portions. But the atmosphere is great and cozy and the service is fine. Too expensive for nothing spectacular from the kitchen.
Posted by Emily on 02/11/2007
I had brunch at Cafe Cluny last weekend, and had possibly the best French toast I've ever eaten. I couldn't identify what made it so good exactly, but it was certainly enough to bring me back again. The menu is somewhat limited, however. Service was very good; the staff was very attentive to taking coats, bringing out coffee quickly, etc. I went at about 11:00 and there were plenty of tables; by the time we left, the restaurant was completely full, so go early. Cozy but clean and bright atmosphere.
Posted by Benjamin on 01/17/2007
Exactly as the title says... the perfect, cozy West village restaurant, sceney enough to be fun, cozy enough to be everyday.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/25/2006
We were really excited to go to Cafe Cluny because we had read a lot of the buzz and gotten a recommendation from a friend. Unfortunately, we were really disappointed. First, the atmosphere is somewhat odd - while somewhat pretty, the nature pictures on the wall simply didn't go with anything else and are a little creepy. More importantly the food was truly overrated. Most of our party had steak, which while you wouldn't think would be rocket science to do well - tasted pretty subpar. One person had swordfish - while billed as "au poivre" there was no poivre, nor was there anything to the dish - it was bland, and the presentation was pitiful. The service was nice, but they mucked up our order and while being reasonably apologetic, didn't even comp our coffees. All in all we would skip this one and quickly head to one of the other restaurants in the west village.
Posted by Lyricaldove on 11/22/2006
Since I live up the block from Cafe Cluny I watched it morph into a new restaurant. I thought great some place new to try Unfortunately, there is not one vegetarian entree on the menu. Yes, I know it's a french restaurant, and I know french restaurants are not noted for being vegetarian friendly. Still it would be nice to have an entree or two for a vegetarian neighbor. Paris has some really good vegetarian restaurants. Maybe the Cafe Cluny should expand its horizons and offer a chice for none flesh eaters.
Posted by Longtime neighbor on 11/22/2006
A friend and I had dinner here the other night -- we didn't make a reservation but the really nice host told us that since we lived in the neighborhood, he'd find us a table quickly. We went to the crowded bar where two men gave up their seats for us. After a few minutes and glass of wine, we decided to just eat at the bar -- two over dressed salads, two main course priced but appetizer sized risottos and a strange dessert of grape tart and bad peanut butter ice cream later, the bill came to $180 including a 20% tip for the excellent bartenders. The service is knowledgeable and friendly but the mediocre food is not worth the price. Maybe it's better a brunch or breakfast but it's definitely not worth the price, the wait or the hype.
Posted by Mr. Picky on 11/06/2006
I forgot to mention dessert. Neither of us could find one item from their incredibly short dessert menu that we liked. That in itself is incredible...I mean, not ONE thing for dessert? You'd think a place like this would have some kind of molten chocolate cake or tarte tatin, but they didn't. They did have ice cream, though: four people at the next table ordered this and not one person, I noticed, finished it. As I said above, this place is good but way overpriced. Dessert would have addred another ten bucks to the tab. For the prices they charge, the food should be terrific, as it is at Veritas for example, but it isn't.