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Eat It: Five Leaves

January 16th, 2009 · No Comments

And, now, we present our weekly restaurant review from our friends at Eat It: The Brooklyn Food Blog. This week’s feature is Five Leaves in Greenpoint:

I finally made it over to Greenpoint to check out the much-hyped Five Leaves (18 Bedford Avenue, at Lorimer & Nassau, 646-510-6467).  This is the spot Heath Ledger was working on opening with some friends when he passed away.  Much has been written about it (the burgers specifically, which come with a fried egg and pickled beets as garnishes), and I’m happy to say that the food definitely lived up to the hype.

The space is interesting, squeezed onto the odd intersection of three major streets in Greenpoint, across from Automotive High School and McCarren Park, closer to the G train than the L train, and the classiest place in blocks.  It‘s a little bit the Williamsburgification of Greenpoint, but I guess it‘s inevitable with all the sprawl that’s happening in the Burg.  It is warm and cozy, but crisp as well, with tiled floors, huge Edison bulbs hanging from the ceiling and fresh purple and white tulips in small vases on each table.

The menu was filled with yummy-looking small plates, salads and main courses, all of which appealed to me.  I wanted to maximize my eating experience so my friend and I chose a few of the starters to share.  The House Made Ricotta with Thyme, Chestnut Honey, Figs, Maldon Sea Salt and Fruit Bread was amazing.  The bite of the thyme and salt combined with the sweet honey on top of creamy ricotta with a raisin nut bread was fabulous.  All of those distinct flavors totally worked together.  We also got the Prosciutto with Shaved Fennel and Pomegranate, Radicchio & Watercress Salad and two sides – Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Celery Root Mash.  Click here for photos and descriptions.

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