Cluny

Ever since I went to New York City and dined at Balthazar’s for the first time (dare I say, back in 1998), I hadn’t found a local equivalent until NOW.  Hello, Cluny!  Oh how I have waited a long time for you!  A French bistro through and through, just check out the interior – gorgeous with a view into the kitchen.  And the food, well I can go on and on.  My seared tuna sandwich topped with a sunny-side up egg on a buttery toasted brioche bun was just delicious.  The starters were tasty as well, salted cod donuts and the cauliflower salad were light, the perfect way to start the meal.  But I have to admit, I was really looking forward to dessert.  I mean, when you see souffle and macarons on the menu how can you not.  Well, the souffle was definitely worth another bite – I would order it again and would recommend it to anyone.  But ultimately, I think the reason why both the Balthazar and Cluny experiences stick out so much in my memory is because of the company – I’m very lucky to have so many great friends!

The entrance to Cluny.

The entrance to Cluny.

The beautiful interior of Cluny.

The beautiful interior of Cluny.

Salt cod donuts and smoked potato dipping sauce.

Salt cod donuts and smoked potato dipping sauce.

Roasted cauliflower and hazelnut salad with a pomegranate vinaigrette.

Roasted cauliflower and hazelnut salad with a pomegranate vinaigrette.

My cocktail for the night - Aviation made with gin.

My cocktail for the night – Aviation made with gin.

Veal meatball tomahawk with braised tomatoes and gnocchi.

Veal meatball tomahawk with braised tomatoes and gnocchi.

Moroccan inspired couscous with vegetable and almond tagine.

Moroccan inspired couscous with vegetable and almond tagine.

My seared tuna steak sandwich with tomato, fried egg on a house-baked brioche bun.

My seared tuna steak sandwich with tomato, fried egg on a house-baked brioche bun.

Breaking the yolk on my tuna steak sandwich.

Breaking the yolk on my tuna steak sandwich.

Kombucha cleansing tea.

Kombucha cleansing tea.

Delicious passion fruit souffle with a pistachio financier and creme anglaise.

Delicious passion fruit souffle with a pistachio financier and creme anglaise.

Look at that height on the passion fruit souffle!

Look at that height on the passion fruit souffle!

Macaron ice cream sandwiches, all made in house.

Macaron ice cream sandwiches, all made in house.

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