First Look at Bar Luna and Its New Menu

As mentioned, chef Sean Chudoba has left Bar Luna. The official word is, he and owner Turgut Balikci weren’t seeing eye-to-eye on execution of the concept, so, while waiting for a hard copy of his liquor license, Balikci installed another Upper West Side toque, Jacques Belanger (Chudoba is also out at Balikci’s other spot, Ayza). Chef Belanger has worked with Tom Valenti for six years, first as a line cook at ’Cesca, then as a sous-chef at Ouest, and finally as chef de cuisine at West Branch. As you can see below, his menu is more streamlined than Chudoba’s (more dishes will be added in the coming weeks). Bar Luna is currently serving meat and cheese plates — on Wednesday, it’ll open for full dinner service and then eventually for brunch. Certain menu items (most likely the to-share dishes) will be available till the restaurant’s closing time of 2 a.m. Have a look around.

To Share

Crispy Confit Duck Gizzards 7

White Truffle Pizza 13

Wild Mushroom Ragu with Polenta 10

Manchego and Tasso Croquettes 8

Burrata with Roasted Peppers 9

Marinated Beets and Goat Cheese Mousse 7

Beef Carpaccio 9

Clams and Chorizo 8

Fried Oysters with Saffron Aioli 9

3 for 9, 6 for 15

Fava Bean and Pecorino
Cauliflower, Chickpea and Curry
Chicken Liver
White Bean and Ham
Ricotta and Artichoke

Soup and Salads

Yellow Gazpacho 7

Mixed Greens 6

Asparagus and Poached Egg 9

Salad Nicoise 10


Saffron Risotto with Shrimp and Andouille 13

Lobster Tagliatelle 16

Garganelli Putanesca 11

Wild Mushroom Fettuccini 14


Wild Striped Bass with Cockles 16

Olive Oil Poached Halibut with Brandade 17

Roast Chicken 15

Braised Chicken Leg, Green Olive and Preserved Lemon 16

Veal Milanaise with Rocket Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes and Parmesan 19

Grilled Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde 18

Bar Luna, 511 Amsterdam Avenue, nr. 84th St.; 212-362-1098

First Look at Bar Luna and Its New Menu