Cafe Cluny

4.6
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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!
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WB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice people, good food, cosy, fast service, good wine, great for a nice night out!

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely a great dining experience with delicious food and efficient/courteous service.

B
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. However after ordering cocktails our server took our dinner order & we had hardly drunk cocktails & dinner arrived. After that the timing of service was off.

PH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Favorite spot for dinner with friends and family.

VV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An intimate dining experience with a great ambiance and excellent food. I have been going for years meeting my college friend for dinner and a chance to catch up.

LW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovey time at our favorite table. Lucky to score the prix fixe. Such a cozy homey sophisticated neighborhood bistro. Total gem.

DT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a great menu, staff and location.
I would definitely suggest it for dates with friends or family.

AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites in the City and one of the best lattes as well!

h
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Used to love Cafe Cluny and hadn't been there in a quite a while. The quality of the food has dropped precipitously. It was really mediocre and extremely expensive for not good food. The service and ambiance are still great but definitely not inclined to go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

But tables are crowded, and it was a bit too noisy for me.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous go to for any type of dining!

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome evening with a fabulous dinner, can't wait to return.

L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Philadelphia, and always seem to go back to Cluny when in NY. Consistently good food, service, and atmosphere! Love it!

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Rushed us through our dinner. Restaurant was 1/2 empty. Removed dishes while still dining. Ordered second round of drinks. And took away wine glass from 1 of 2 diners and left one diner to drink alone.

CC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

food was delicious, and beautifully prepared and presented. our little table of three however was overshadowed by a larger group seated in our section, and the service though friendly, wasn't all that I would expect for a restaurant at this level. we would give it another shot some other time though.

RL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful and romantic dinner. We loved the food, service and ambience! Next time we are in NYC we will definitely return for dinner at Cafe Cluny.

CR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and cozy ambiance and environment, though prices are pretty high on both food and drinks. Highly recommend the salmon, which comes pan seared on buttered melted leeks, and the tuna tartare with creamed avocado as an appetizer.

AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s a great standard. Simpler items well done. They do a lot well; for me the crispy skin salmon is to die for though, so that’s usually the one to beat. The drinks are pretty great too

t
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Cafe Cluny! Great food, great atmosphere!!

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Overall great spot.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely restaurant, the most delicious salmon I’ve had in quite a while. Friendly efficient staff, lively west village ambience. ❤️❤️❤️

c
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Service was adequate, although a bit patronizing. Food was not as French as expected; in fact, many items were more traditionally Italian than French (cacio e pepe, for example). Seafood ordered by other diners did not smell fresh (very fishy smelling) and that made thought of ordering it very off-putting. Bartender did not know how to properly mix drinks (gin and tonic was very watered down, for example). We won’t be putting this one on our list of places to which we wish to return.

JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I found the Menu not to be exciting and the food preparation satisfactory. The service and ambiance were good. If you’re looking for an experience, this is a good option. If you’re looking for a excellent meal, this isn’t the best choice.

JM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My Cafe Cluny experience was lovely! Delicious food and stellar service. I did not rate it as outstanding, though, because I felt it was noisy for good conversation and was priced on the high side.

j
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The service and food were both great. However, the waitress left in the middle of her shift without saying so. I thought that was a tad unprofessional. And, I thought that the portions were a bit small for the price (although the food is truly excellent).

SA
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Unless you want steak/frîtes, a burger or a tuna burger, the menu isn’t particular appealing. Reasonable wine list, nice ambiance.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation celebrating my daughter’s birthday.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just met a friend for dinner. The food was great and we were well tended to.

MH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sweet spot in the west village with some of the best vibes. There are traditional menus items on the menu , but the ingredients always contain unexpected, yet pleasant twist.

FJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Did not enjoy the steak frites at all. Burger is much better.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

IT WAS REALLY BAD. First they sat me across the bathroom even when the restaurant wasn’t even half full and I had made a reservation. Second, there was white particulates in their water. Third, their salmon wasn’t cooked very well and they left the pastry sheet on it. So when the sauce made it damp, it stuck to the salmon. Thus making it very hard to separate the salmon from the paper. Fourth, after asking to change seats, the place they put us in was the window seat. There were flies sticking themselves on the window, making the overall dinner experience horrible. Fifth, the waiter kept hovering over us while we ate, making it seem like we were unwelcome and that they were rushing us out. Again, the restaurant was not even half full yet. I am not mad just disappointed.

PG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always consistent service and food. Waiter didn't hover but was attentive.

RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I ordered the steak and it was over salted. The service was poor and the cocktails not great. The bill was very high; I found it over priced. Would not go there again.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent but pricey

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I could not eat my meal because it was so salty and felt sick all last night

s
Tampa
46 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Had the famous Cluny burger. Not much taste, unevenly cooked, terribly overpriced - burger w/ roquefort, tax & tip $35!!!!!!!!!!!! Absurd. Not returning.

J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this place but it has become grossly over priced. Also some of the classic options (croissant, pastries) are gone.

DH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wonderful food, as always. Oddly, dinner was rushed - our entrees came out immediately after our salads were removed. (I thought I was supposed to be in France, not Florida).

KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Sadly, this was a very disappointing dining experience. We were escorted through the front bar/dining area to a back dining room and seated one table away from a woman using her “outdoor voice” which permeated the entire dining room. We contemplated the idea of asking to move to the front bar area, but decided to tough it out. Mistake, as she only got worse. She was louder than the 12 people sitting at all of the other tables combined.

We were greeted promptly by our waiter but then waited a LONG time for him to return to offer us water or anything else to drink. Meanwhile, an elderly woman using a walker entered after us and was served before us. Perhaps she called ahead and ordered in advance? She tried to get the attention of our waiter by shouting, “Yo!” to no avail.

Our waiter, Benjamin, told me that the entree I selected was “small” and that I might want to consider ordering an appetizer. We had already had appetizers at another place earlier, so his pitch seemed like up-selling. He also seemed condescending when he explained that a word in the name of a German beer meant “white” when my dining companion asked for a lighter beer. The waiter was generally aloof and distant, and he made no effort to connect with us on any level. The service was abysmal and the food was mediocre, made worse by the lack of attention we received. Our waiter seemed to have all his eggs in one basket, fawning over a couple at one table while universally ignoring everyone else. I’m guessing it was his first - and hopefully last - week!?!

To be fair, I had a great experience at this restaurant a few years ago. Tonight was a completely different experience. I won’t be back.

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