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Décor Porn: The Marina’s Seventh French Restaurant Is Anything but Ordinaire

The second Café Claude set to open with Eyes Wide Shut-meets-bistro decor.

(1 of 5) The chef's table is sectioned off by luxe damask curtains. 

(2 of 5) The main dining area, flanked by gold-framed mirrors

(3 of 5) A rather romantic bar, isn't it? 

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(5 of 5) Outside the new restaurant. 

As Franck LeClerc’s empire grows, his second Café Claude (2120 Greenwich Street) is set to open in the Marina next Wednesday, September 18. While the menu will be a lot like the other Café Claude on Claude Lane—steak tartare, French onion soup, etc.—the décor, a la Elmer Lin of Consortium, will bear little resemblance to the original.

As evidenced in the gallery above, antiqued tin ceilings, rich burgundy damask wallpaper, gold-rimmed mirrors, and vintage French chandeliers have a transportive effect like the décor LeClerc’s Gitane. But the drapey curtains and gold rimmed mirrors lend a bit more of that Eyes Wide Shut feel we all love so much.

The chef is Doug DeGeeter (Cetrella, Chez TJ), and we’ve got a first look at his menu here. It offers charcuterie et fromage, petit plats, soups et salads, [large] plats, and dessert, just like the menu from Claude Lane. That said, DeGeeter has called out a few special additions. Look out for his cured trout with pink apple, dill and horseradish, his Camembert salad over field greens, a half chicken with mustard greens, and “Le Burger,” which comes on brioche with aioli de fromage (That’s code word for cheese-laced mayonnaise), and red-wine braised bacon. Of course, you can get it topped with a fried egg if you’d really like to give your blood pressure a run for its money.

The last point of interest for now is the apertif-based cocktail menu, which includes fun drinks like the “Up in Arms” with Lilet Rouge and citrus, and something called the “Cheeky,” which sounds like an Italian spritz, with cava and Cocchi Americano. Although we haven’t sipped them yet, both sound like eye-openers.

 

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