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New York Diary – Cafe Cluny

There is a magic in the West Village air, one that I can’t quite describe. You have to be there to feel it.

It might be the soft, tree-lined streets or the clean, cozy brownstones, but whenever I find myself on the west side, I feel… lighter? Calmer? All of the above!

Lucky for me, my two lovely gals (Kate & Usha) enjoy the west village as much as I do and we took our hungry selves to Cafe Cluny, a small West-Village staple for the brunching crowd. While there was a slight wait, we didn’t mind as we sat outside and chatted until the host came to get us. The minute I walked in, the cafe’s warm atmosphere enveloped me.Trust me, the food could have been awful (don’t worry, it wasn’t) and I still would have considered Cafe Cluny to be one of my favorites. After ordering the necessary beverages (coffee, champagne) we dove into our fresh meals. Mine, an herb and spinach omelet with goat cheese. Not all restaurants can do omelets; it’s very hit-or-miss. Rubbery, mushy, flavorless. Ugh, I’ve had some awful ones. But I thoroughly enjoyed Cafe Cluny’s omelet. Light and savory, the eggs were properly cooked- not too long- and seasoned lightly.

cafe cluny

Now, to the best part. Since we ate rather lightly, we indulged in dessert, a brown butter pecan tart with vanilla ice cream. Without being too dramatic, this dessert was divine. The nuts were salty and sweet, browned to just the right point. The crust was firm but not overly baked (which is the worst) and the ice cream balanced out the tart’s overall sweetness. Hands down, I’d eat it again. Over and Over again.

When it comes to brunching, I definitely recommend Cafe Cluny. A little food, a lot of laughter… Oh yes, it was a lovely afternoon.

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March 26, 2012 - 10:11 am

rachel @sweettarte - i haven’t been there in so long but this has inspired me to return! ps i love your new blog design!

March 26, 2012 - 4:59 pm

colleen - the west village definitely has a magic too it. and coffee and champagne is how i start off brunch, too! anything else is blasphemy.

March 26, 2012 - 7:12 pm

Shira - That omelet looks amazing. Amazing!

March 28, 2012 - 2:05 pm

tracy shutterbean - ummmmm. i am NUTS for the amount of NUTS on that tart. holy sheeeeeet, woman!

March 29, 2012 - 6:17 am

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) - I just relived this meal all over again! The company and food were divine. I think we all got the same thing in our omelette, and I can assure you I would *not* have enjoyed goat cheese! I can’t wait for you to try and recreate that tart.

I need to go back to that salon on Christopher Street because I’ve never had a manicure last that long!

March 31, 2012 - 12:33 pm

aboyce18 - Yes, this tart is on my must-replicate list. We will have to have a dessert and wine meetup to see if my version matches up!

April 7, 2012 - 4:49 pm

aboyce18 - it was AMAZING!

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