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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.
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!
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.....
Great Little Cafe!
By sali on 11/19/2008
Had dinner here with 4 other friends on sat night. Yes the place was super busy and crowded but the host was very polite and got us sat within 30 min. I has the shepards pie which was so delicious and warming. All my buddies enjoyed their dishes. They have a good wine list and a full bar and the food tasted fresh. I think it's a pretty adorable place and will be going back to try lunch.
By salli on 10/20/2008
I have been watching these guys slave away to turn an ugly 80"s style hair salon into an awesome cafe for about 8 months. I only just got around to having lunch and dinner here this week and my husband and I were so happy. The food is so, so fresh and the service was likewise (for williamsburg). I would def recommend the coffee, granola and my husband is a fan of the hanger steak. overall a really great neighborhood spot which we will frequent!
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.
Good neighborhood place with good food and decent prices
By bloodsuckinglawyer on 10/22/2008
I ate here on a Friday night recently. We got drinks, bottle of wine, appetizers, and entrees and it was only $45 per person with a 20% tip. Good value. The food was quite good. I'd strongly recommend the home made ricotta, served with honey and fruit bread. It was divine. I got the chicken entree served over risotto which was good, but not great. My boyfriend got the burger entree which was overdone but good.
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.
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