I was a little disappointed by Five Leaves. I had dinner last night at this lovely new spot. Don’t get me wrong, this space is gorgeous. Designed by the folks who did the interior for Moto, it’s rustic charm and decor in what would otherwise be an odd corner spot is a success. However, it is hard to walk from the front of the restaurant to the back without bumping into diners or folks seated at the bar (yes, its that narrow). We had a tasty fresh ricotta appetizer that was served with 3 half-slices of bread (we requested more and the server brought out a generous portion. I think he realized how silly it was to serve 2 people 3 little portions of bread for a huge bowl of a cheese you can’t really eat solo with your fingers). The drink menu is ok, if a bit pricey ($7-8 for eh white wine, and nothing that great on the beer list, $7 for bottle or tap). I ordered the soup of the day — butternut squash soup, vegan. It was tasty and better than average. I also had the mixed green salad. Also good. My dinner companion had the chicken with rice and greens. He seemed pleased. Overall, I think Five Leaves (also known as “the Heath Ledger bar” because of his investment prior to his death) is a lovely atmosphere, and probably a better bet for a drink and snack than a full dinner. Or maybe it’s just that it wasn’t Walter Foods that disappointed me…
My friend Jenni Wu did the cute illustrations that accompany my list of Brooklyn tailors today on Brooklyn Based. Have you signed up for the list yet?
Still not convinced that crime blotters should be witty. Thanks, Brooklyn Paper. Here’s this week’s writeup.
My latest post is up at Brooklyn Based now. A guide to shopping on Etsy.
Not included is my favorite Etsy store. Super cute felted iPod/camera/gadget cases and other craft goodies. If you don’t see something you like, you can always contact the seller to request something! Also, this dress. LOVE it! Want it!
The General Greene photo by Erin Gleeson
UPDATE: I had two very, very tasty cocktails. First, the Clermont Bubbly (prosecco, St. Germaine, and pear juice, though it tasty like a crisp grapefruity drink) and after dinner the white wine sangria (tasted basically like a Bellini without the bubbles I’m guessing bcs of some delicious peach juice). There weren’t many vegetarian options, but since I wasn’t that hungry and since their menu is designed tapas-style, it worked out fine. We shared the heirloom tomatoes and I had their cold quinoa salad (nutty dark quinoa with walnuts and mint. simple and rich flavors). We shared the peach cobbler with toasted almonds on top. Super juicy and moist fruit with a slight sprinkle of rich crumbles on top, so as not to overpower the fruit. Yum!
photo by Melissa Sands
We all know about gentrification in Brooklyn, but how often do we hear from the people who actually live in these neighborhoods? Brooklyn Based talked to real life residents of the latest up-and-coming BK ‘hood, with great accompanying photos.
What’s it like in Crown Heights, Part I and Part II:
Update: Today, Brownstoner picked up the post and there’s an active comment thread!
Today’s Brooklyn Based tip sheet has my blurb about Thistle & Clover.