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Leela Lounge

1 W. 3rd St., New York, NY 10012 40.727881 -73.994816
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-529-2059 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    10 out of 10


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  • Scene: Lounge, Outdoor Area, Private Party Space, Restaurant & Bar
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 3pm-6pm; $4 beer and wine, $6 well drinks, $7 signature cocktails

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Bleecker St.; N, R at Prince St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


This venue is closed.

In Sanskrit, the word Leela means roughly “to play spontaneously, unpredictably, and sometimes tumultuously.” That’s true of the design as well as the cuisine at this multi-culti lounge with a NYU-grad/neighborhood clientele. There’s an unlikely harmony at work between the pewter light box bar and the Madhubani folk-art mural. And since exec chef Lucas Rodrick uses light oils instead of ghee, cream, and butter on traditional street-food and newflangled entrees like tilapia simmered in chili, coconut and garlic, you’re more likely to explore cocktails such as the Sex in Goa (a fruity punch with a slight anise aftertaste) or the Old Monk Hangama (a punch-packing Cuba Libra using Indian rum). Beyond the plain, boxy dining room is a sliver of a patio that feels like a different world.