Luthun Lights Up Your Life…

Being an adult is a blast.

Case in point, I had my will drawn up and notarized last Thursday afternoon.

Time to celebrate life so what better way then indulging in a fabulous new dining experience.

Heading to the east village at rush hour isn’t my idea of a good time, but one must suffer for a good meal.

We had to transfer twice in unfamiliar territory.

Miraculously, we arrived at Luthun on time and were warmly greeted.

Before settling in, I asked if we could sit at the chef’s bar and enjoy the five-course $68 set menu, featuring modern global cuisine.

The bar is usually reserved for the extended Chef’s Pass 10-course $120 tasting menu.

Patrick kindly succumbed and it was a game changer.

Chef Nahid Ahmed is not only an accomplished chef, but a charming host.
The Luthun partnership includes Chef Arjuna Bull.
The dynamic duo met 15 years ago at Cafe Gray in NYC and have worked together in upscale kitchens all over the U.S. and Europe, including Lespinasse  in New York City, El Bulli in Spain and the Fat Duck in the UK.
Chef Ahmed’s resume also includes a stint at the renown French Laundry.

Many dishes are comprised of modernized versions of Chef Ahmed’s family recipes.

Diners are offered two creative tasting menus…one is vegetarian and the other changes daily.

Luthun, opened less than two months ago and the interior was designed by the partners.

The attractive, intimate 600 square foot space has an open kitchen and 29 seats.

The liquor license has been pending for 7 months so we were encouraged to BYOB.

My intent is to take you on a visual tour of the incredible food which was presented in a relaxed and engaging environment.

Butternut Squash, Kohlrabi, Crispy Lentil
Black Bass, Fermented Pineapple, Nigella and Grenada Chile
Sunchokes, Paprika, Injera, Yuzu
Hake, Nori, Pumpkin Seed , Fushimi Pepper
Beef, Burnt Onion, Beets, Ligonberry
Treat from the Chef Pass menu…the perfect breakfast surprise. Eggs, salmon roe and Everything Bagel facsimile.
Aromatic Rice Ice Cream, Mango Lassi Caramel, Raspberry Snow

For the pescatarian, a Portobello with black garlic demi, kale and yolk custard was served in place of the beef dish.

We ordered the Grits with fresh Corn and Black Burgundy Truffles…so worth the supplemental charge. It was magical.

The staff is extremely accommodating regarding allergies and food restrictions.

By the way, in Bengali, Luthun  translates to new and unexpected and is also the nickname of Chef Ahmed’s mother.

Luthun is perfectly named and an absolute must.

Bonus round…we met a fabulous couple who were celebrating their engagement.

Their youthful exuberance definitely added to the auspicious evening.

Luthun was a memorable moment in time.

 

Luthun 432 13th Street New York City. Open Tuesday-Saturday 6:00-10:30pm. Reservations on Resy.

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