Cafe Cluny

4.7
1136 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Founded in 2006 and located in the heart of the West Village, Cafe Cluny serves breakfast, lunch (brunch on Saturdays and Sundays) and dinner. The fare is a sophisticated and modern twist on seasonal French American cuisine. The knowledgeable servers at Cafe Cluny are professional but also gracious. The ambiance is considered yet cozy. Cafe Cluny is a destination perfect for a romantic evening’s first date but also appropriate for a breakfast or lunch business meeting. Reservations are accepted for all services except weekend brunches which function on a first come first serve basis. Walk-ins are welcome at all times whether for the the bar or dining room. Reservations are held for ten minutes before being released to waiting guests. Please book through our website on Open Table or give us a call for all availability options. (212) 255-6900. We so look forward to welcoming you!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Mon–Fri 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Brasserie
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 255-6900
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West 4th Street
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Public transit
The 1, 2, 3, A, C and E trains stop at West 14th Street.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.9

A can't miss West Village Infatuation go-to that's Perfect For all kinds of things, including Chronic Brunch, Date Night, and Dinner with the Parents.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1136 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The steak frites was VERY expensive for what it was and the quality especially knowing the other really good French restaurants in the neighborhood.
Very average menu selection. It’s OK to have a short menu as long as you hit all the typical French classics

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, welcoming bistro atmosphere with a limited but wonderful menu. Friendly service and delicious food!

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HO
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Now the 3rd time for breakfast during the week and it is full of business folks barfing their business talk to each other.

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love Cafe Cluny for great food and wonderful setting.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The portions were tiny for the price.

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D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's like an old friend - reliable, warm, always cheers me up.

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LR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was among our best experiences - and Cluny is our "canteen." The server was especially helpful, the food excellent and the wine outstanding (I took a picture of the bottle.) We overstayed our dinner because we were having such a great time, but nobody rushed us. Our guests were so happy they picked up the check!!

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The early bird is great value and avoids the very loud noise that starts later.

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KA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Every trip to NYC we eat one meal at Cafe Cluny. Typically, we request the back room. This time we sat in the front room. The table guests beside us were obnoxiously loud which made our meal less than enjoyable. The restaurant staff and food is always good. That’s why we keep going back...and will continue to do so, but request the back room.

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M
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Simple clean menu which understates how lovely the food is. A great find for us and we will definitely return

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ME
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Service was excellent.

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VA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice enough. Better late afternoon. Tables a little tight.

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JR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice meal. Burger was fantastic. And service was pleasant and accommodating.

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JD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Cafe Cluny! It’s been one of my favs since 2010. Thank you !

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C
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Terrific food, good wine, cute room. Too dim, too noisy.

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ML
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, cozy place. Good ambiance, excellent service. I really enjoyed it.

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LR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, it was an amazing experience, and they went above and beyond to accommodate an extra guest.

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M
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Cibo discreto, ma ambiente troppo rumoroso : i tavolini sono vicinissimi è il rumore di fondo alto

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a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic neighborhood gem with the best, friendliest service.

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LR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had anything but a wonderful time at Cafe Cluny. This time my out-of-town guest suggested it because she had a great experience last time. Food was great, service was personal, as if a friend was our host.

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Q
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food. A lively atmosphere yet you can still hold a conversation over dinner.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

El lugar es muy bonito y acogedor no obstante el mozo puso todo su empeño en que cenáramos rápido. Inmediatamente nos tomó la orden y la cena llegó en 5 minutos. Al terminar el postre nos trajeron la cuenta sin ordenarla. Es una pena, no hubo tiempo de disfrutar la cena y mucho menos el lugar.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with great service. All around fantastic spot.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

My guest was delighted that her request for a soft omelette was perfectly met but was disappointed that the noise level rose to an uncomfortable din during lunch.

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TH
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended Cafe Cluny, and we are so glad they did! Sweet little spot in the Village, with amazing food and delish original cocktails. The service was great and timed just right, too. Fun, festive, and not too too $ - and worth every penny. The bar is small, but fun to sit at and have a drink or a meal. Can't wait to come again.

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F
New York Area
255 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

An absolute gem. Lovely staff. Delicious food. Great vibe. Just wonderful

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KC
Kansas City
165 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Café Cluny. We've eaten many times at Café Luxembourg & twice at Odeon (Café Cluny's sister restaurants), & this was certainly as good as those. While their wine list is limited, the Cote du Rhone that we ordered was excellent. We shared a steak tartare, which was the best we've ever had, then my spouse had the crispy salmon (served in parchment paper) which was superb, while I had the duck breast, also excellent. If you like well-prepared food in a bistro-style setting, Café Cluny is outstanding.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So delicious

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F
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in the every way!

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very clean recipes. Portions smallish and expensive.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love August in the city!!

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CW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice menu; food preparation is excellent; wine list is small and good, especially by the glass; good French wine selections to go with the deliciously prepared French food. The Steak Tartare paired very nicely with the Côtes du Rhône; the Sancerre was soft and delicious, complementing the chicken dish very nicely. Cooperative, friendly staff.

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BN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A wonderful meal. As my friend said, “it’s like eating in Paris.”

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MB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and will go back. Sister restaurants Odeon and Cafe Luxembourg are favorites for many years. This is a different vibe....small, intimate and very nice.

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KD
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cafe Cluny is always a joy! Interesting and very well prepared food with seasonal offerings served by very pleasant people in a relaxed atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very intimate setting.

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Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

My review is all over the board, let me explain. I have been going to Cafe Cluny for years. It is the one destination every time I visit N.Y. This was a great french restaurant but something changed with the new chef. There was only 3 french inspired items on the menu the rest was asian influenced entrees more or less. I was very disappointed to find this out. It had been so tried and true for years. They took the best dessert ( flourless chocolate cake with marscapone dollop on top) off the menu. Really bummed. They were very kind in giving us another facsimile which was good but not the original. It was called a black forest flourless torte with Luxardo cherries and a dollop of cream. My dinner was very good and french but slim choices on the french entrees. Keep it French or change the name!

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A
New York Area
189 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We always enjoy Cafe Cluny for a nice dinner. The food is always good - sadly never fantastic - but it is creative and well prepared and always tasty. The staff and service are very good and they make you feel welcome. The menu is varied and they have specials each evening. We have also had some very nice brunch meals there.

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H
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have had dinner several times and it is always excellent. Food is interesting with nice size proportions

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MR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

If you're looking for a breakfast option with overpriced food and a staff that is attentive to rush you out of the restaurant, take a plate from each guest until the last guest might be finished and they see an opportunity to approach them because tgey took a few minutes to not eat so they can then drop a check, this us your neighborhood gem. The menu is small as are most of the portions. They warmly greet you and do the same when you leave. Everything else is just posturing.

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