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Cluny Adds French Flair to the Distillery District

(photos: Paula Wilson)

(photos: Paula Wilson)

Cluny turns the stereotype of the intimate French restaurant on its head: the recent addition to the Distillery District is a gigantic, designed-to-the-hilt bistro that brings the Belle Époque to a former tank house. Thus the building’s industrial remnants are spruced up with ornately painted floor tiles, marble surrounding both a cocktail and raw bar, and cabinets filled with antiques. It’ll be hard to take your eyes off the decor; fortunately the dishes are equally enticing. Created by experienced fine-dining chef Paul Benallick, the menu focuses on updated versions of French classics, plus a few Moroccan and Mediterranean interpolations. Try ginger-chili frog legs, for example, or indulge in selections from the seafood counter.  —Craig Moy

• Cluny, 35 Tank House Ln., 416-203-2632; clunybistro.com
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