Café Cluny

Restaurants, French West Village
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Café Cluny
Cafe Cluny

It took only a few word-of-mouth whispers to draw hordes to this Village bistro from Odeon owner Lynn Wagenknecht. Though its cuisine is urban bistro, the decor is all country: A corner bar separates two artfully cluttered mushroom-gray rooms festooned with antlers, taxidermy and framed vegetable prints. The short menu, overseen by Odeon chef Vincent Nargi, tends toward the rich and heavy—falling-off-the-bone short ribs are braised in veal stock and red wine, and squash ravioli are doused in sweet sage and brown butter.


Venue name: Café Cluny
Address: 248 W 12th St
New York
Cross street: at 4th St
Opening hours: Mon 8am–11pm, Tue–Fri 8am–midnight, Sat 9am–midnight, Sun 9am-11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Price: Average main course: $24. AmEx, MC, V
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Dinner With Tayo

This has long been on my "must visit" list and we were not disappointed. Went for a late dinner and enjoyed every minute of it. Nice staff, great food - the salmon was beautifully plated under "petals" of shaved heart of palm, and the tuna was amazing, wonderfully spicy and served with an unexpected tomato compote. We shared a traditional French frisee salad with lardons and poached egg to start and an apricot & almond tart with Marcona almond ice cream for dessert. Really lovely and satisfying meal, looking forward to a repeat visit on our next trip.

David C

A truly unique vibe here - think of a French botanist and bird lover who inherited a small fortune and decided to open her own restaurant in the West Village. And her quirky cousin did all the tables and chairs. The place is not spacious, but if you don't mind a bit of crowding and noise, it's a delightful joint to get a pre-show dinner or just eat and stroll the ever-lovely streets of the area. The menu is hearty and global -- heritage chicken, Canadian venison, Wagyu steak frites. The frisee salad for some reason sticks in my mind. Ane the wine selections are excellent. It's romantic, unique place, great for date or a treat for yourself.


Is "West Village-y" an adjective? If so, Cafe Cluny is the superlative example. Tiny, cramped tables. Nondescript corner location. Rustic atmosphere that includes...among other things...a display of bird sculptures? Cafe Cluny is where to to take your S.O. for a casual Thursday night dinner or Sunday brunch in a cozy environment. 

The food is ambiguously "French", but in the "steak frites" way rather than the "escargot" way. Can't say I've sampled everything on the menu, but with it's rather small size it won't take many trips back to do so. The tuna burger is a hit, though (understandably) overshadowed by their amazing fries. Frites, sorry. Frites. 

As long as you like dishes that skew on the decadent side (pork, red meat) you'll find something of interest here. But the menu still takes a backseat to the vibe. Cafe Cluny is truly hashtag #adorbz.