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18 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11222
at Lorimer St.
Looks great, service still learning
By irisfive on 9/29/2008
While I ate my dinner on sunday night I witnessed several service snafoos - we waited ages to be given menus/greeted and then to order, guests were not greeted at the door and several 2 person parties just sat down at 4-tops and when larger groups arrived people were asked to get up and move tables - but it was fine because the place is so like-able that you had to cut them a break. Great coffee and their signature burger was a greasy unique delicious mess (beets on a burger might be my new favorite combination - is it aussie or kiwi?). They also have issues with the grill smoking up the whole tiny place - and no AC or any real air flow. Adorable, but definitely still working out the kinks. Potential - if they get some ventilation.
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!
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.
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.
service without a smile
By molinslaw on 12/8/2008
food was really nice but my b-friend and i left with a bad taste from the lousy service. we were practically ignored the entire time (sat for 15 minutes before someone came over) and had to ask for everything from drinks to silverware without a waiter ever coming over once. the atmosphere is cold and considering the entrees run on or about 20 bucks i would spend my money elsewhere. this is what ruins a neighborhood. bad attitudes..felt like they were doing me a favor.
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.....
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
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.
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!
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
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