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18 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11222
at Lorimer St.
There is a good reason why it's always crowded.
By joanaspolicewoman on 3/15/2013
I have eaten here a lot. And at all times of the day and night. There is a good reason why it's always crowded. The food is creatively put together and has always been truly delicious. It's one of the only restaurants in NYC where I have never had even close to a bad experience. The Five Leaves Burger, with pickled beets, flamed pineapple and an over-easy egg is an incredibly satisfying sensual delight, the short ribs are nothing short of insane, the chopped lacinato kale salad with hazelnuts is packed with flavor & texture and the grilled octopus with the mini-lemon gnocchis & pistachio/green olive dressing almost puts me over the edge of enchantment. Hopefully they haven't run out of the sticky toffee pudding when you've finished dinner -because no matter how much you've eaten, this will definitely make your night better. You might even make the decision, as I have, to start with dessert next time. Not a quiet restaurant. Not a roomy restaurant. But this is one of my favorite restaurants for the consistently delicious food. They also do a great Americano coffee.
Lunch was served with poor service, stale bread, and slimey rotten pickes
By fishtales on 1/10/2013
Pork belly sandwich should be removed from the menu; sliver of dried out meat with a slather of fig paste engulfed by an oversized stale rye bun. Pickled served alongside had a pinkish slime and rotten. Salad dry with far too much mustard. Pork soup with beans and okra; very little evidence of pork, few beans and slices of okra was short of a consomme. Taste wise, it was good. Burger had a good beef taste; fries were well fried. Portions are healthy. Service was lacking, wait time long, no one checked to see if food was ok or if we wanted to order anything else. I saw our waitress plopping food on tables; she obviously wished to be elsewhere but there. I should have changed the order when she smirked as I ordered the Pork belly sandwich; could have meant sucker! Music is good; patrons are casual and easy going.
Delicious or dissatisfied?
By llange on 7/30/2010
While at once a lovely restaurant, it does suffer from lack of consistency with the level of service and food. A burger at lunch ordered medium rare came overcooked, and although it's a great spot for a casual ricotta-on-toast or ravioli (which they do incredibly well) for a more special dinner its risky. One particular evening my risotto was delicious, but the Icelandic cod was watery and gelatinous. I expressed my dissatisfaction to the waiter and manager, by which there was no apology nor explanation for the fishy misstep. For the price point, I'd expect slightly higher service and regard for their locals.
By Aileen Gallagher (NY MAG) on 4/25/2010
Attended a friend's large birthday party there recently. About 20 people for an early dinner (6ish) on a Saturday evening. Restaurant amenable to that group of people without forcing a limited menu or guaranteed tab. Service and food were great and staff was good humored.
By gourmand_anonymous on 2/24/2010
Now, here's a restaurant/bar where the sheer effort of its owners to please you is obliging from the start. Everything, and I mean this literally as I've been frequenting the place, on the menu is prepared with care - not an inkling of sloppiness or get-over-with-it-ness. The coffees are excellent too, which is not a common affair. Pricewise, no unpleasant surprises either: besides the quality and unpretentiousness of the food, it also comes in generous portions. All in all, a very pleasant experience, save for this malady of our age to renounce reservations and to politely oust customers once their last bite is gulped to increase turnaround.
great food great cocktails
By lylet on 10/7/2009
Had dinner here the other evening and was impressed with the food and cocktails that we ordered. The burger (which my friend ordered) was delicious. The pork chop in the special that I had was probably one of the most tender pieces of pork I've ever eaten. Re: the service - we had 3 different people attend to us over the course of the meal and were never left in need of anything. Also, the restaurant was packed and they were not trying to push us out the door at the end of our meal, which was a pleasant surprise for a small Brooklyn restaurant. The Moscow Mule and the gin-based special cocktail (forgot what it was called) were also great - will definitely go back soon
Well worth the trip!
By evatt on 8/11/2009
Have been to 5Leaves about 6 times now at all times of the day. The menu and food is always amazing. The staff are totally friendly & gorgeous. Get the 5 Leaves Burger with cheese and bacon and you'll be in heaven. Pancakes also a favorite, amazing coffee too. It is really different both night and day too, mornings are nice with beautiful light and nights a bit more party, good priced cocktails too. Always a good record on the turntable too...yes a turntable!
Too cool for service
By Nelson55 on 7/31/2009
I live on the same block as Five Leaves, and so was very excited for the restaurant's arrival. The food is pretty good, especially the burgers, but the service is so consistently horrible that I cannot patronize this establishment any longer. The waitstaff generally ignore you. Once, after waiting 45 minutes for our salad and burger (with only three other customers in the place), they were casually tossed at our table without a word of apology (or any word at all). The staff seem to think they work there to be seen, and not to actually serve patrons.
Good Fod, Horrible Service
By KingLeer on 3/31/2009
Seldom am I urged to write a review on a place such as this. First, the burger was excellent, as I was hoping for something to rival the burger at DINER or THE SPOTTED PIG, and I left feeling as though it had mustered the strength to give those two a fight at the least... Second, my lady had a Lamb Shepard Pie, of which she was most supportive, cleaning her plate and yielding her quite happy indeed.. Some gripes I have about all places, sure, but this was atrocious. We were seated, the pair of us, in a quaint corner straddling the bar and a two-fer towards the kitchen--fine. Not even being told the specials, we didn't think of it and carried on. THREE times I was asked, being the patron on the outside of the booth, to move by the waitress. EACH time she stressed that she needed to get to the OTHER guests. I felt as though, even as SHE was the one who seated me there, it was my fault. Never asked if we were ok, didn't seem to care...a waste
five leaves experience
By leadinglady on 12/16/2008
i loved this great local spot, really friendly staff & relaxed atmosphere even when they were really busy, very nice mix of people from the neighborhood....food was so tasty, hanger steak the best i have had in a long time & devils on horseback super delicious, very generous portions with plenty of sides with each entree, most of us couldn't finish what we had in front of us. cocktails are great also, moscow mule perfection!....overall excellent spot for a romantic dinner or with a big bunch of friends, highly highly recommend this great spot.....
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