I’m not one to go to expensive dinners out on the town unless someone else is footing the bill, but for Cleo, I make an exception.
Located inside the boutique Redbury hotel, Cleo feels exclusive and swanky, and it’s almost always full, especially as the night progresses. Be sure to make your reservation ahead of time.
Danny Elmaleh’s kitchen creates uniquely scrumptious combinations of tender meats and trendy veggies. The concept is tapas – small plates that are meant to be shared – and an opportunity to order a variety of dishes in a feast-like style. Tapas originate in Spain, but Cleo gives them a Mediterranean spin.
The dips, served with warm, melt in your mouth flatbreads, are unbelievable. The flatbreads are completely different than your typical pizza options, which makes them that much better. The brussels sprouts are my favorite, and my boyfriend loved the lamb kebab last time we were there. My parents are fans of this place too, and they love almost every seafood offering, especially the octopus and scallops.
If you’re willing to double your dinner bill, order their well-named cocktails (I’m not kidding, these babies are $ 15 a piece). We tried the Cleo Kiss, made with bombay sapphire gin, crushed cucumber, pomegranate juice, fresh lime, and prosecco, and the Vinebury, a concoction of vodka, st. germain elderflower liqueur, basil. cucumber, serrano and lemon. Both were delicious, and worth the splurge. It was date night, after all!