Quintessential Brooklyn-cool, Five Leaves has been doing its thing for 10 years now and has become one of Greenpoint’s (and New York’s) best-loved spots. On the edge of McCarren Park, it’s in the heart of the action and in summer tables spill out on to the pavement, making it a perfect place to people watch and soak up the sun along with some great food.
Five Leaves is especially well known for its breakfast – think big plates of eggs and hash browns, plus stacks of ricotta pancakes, and the obligatory avocado toast. But we’re also big fans of the dinner menu, which adds some interesting creations amongst the American standards like the Five Leaves burger with truffle fries and the fresh market oysters. The side of brussel sprouts with a sweet and spicy sauce and pecans is one of our favourite things in New York, while the crispy black rice is a bit like bibimap, served in a hot iron pan and topped with fried egg, fermented raddish, spicy mayo, and pickled vegetables. There’s also a Shepherd’s pie for homesick Londoners, just in case you need something really comforting.