Last night I had the pleasure of checking out the newly opened Bar Luna on the Upper West Side. And though Chef Jacques Belanger had me at white truffle pizza and niçoise crostini, and having an excuse to hang out with NRN's Bret Thorn always puts me in a good mood, I must admit Glen Coben did a nice job creating a solid neighborhood spot. The 90-seat space is designed "to feel like sitting on a wooden sloop sailing the waters of the Mediterranean or Aegean."
Interesting back-story to the restaurant, as the owner, Turgut Balikci, opened Bella Luna at the corner of Columbus Ave. and 88th St. 20 years ago. So now with five restaurant partnerships under his belt (Pasha, Bodrum, Bella
Sguardo, Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar), his latest venture is a nod to his original in both name, and location (Amsterdam Ave. and 85th St.).