Brunch In Brooklyn: Five Leaves, Greenpoint
Before checking out the McCarren Park Farmer’s Market on Saturday, my friend Annie and I went to one of my favorite brunch spots, introduced to me this spring by some family friends, Five Leaves on the corner of Bedford and Lorimer.
A quick subway ride from NYC, five leaves offers a great Austrailian influenced menu, with fresh ingredients and many local products (like Sullivan Street Bakery Breads). The restaurant which was a project of the late Heath Ledger, opened just after the actor died, but has quickly become a favorite of the neighborhood. The crowd is mostly young, and the atmosphere is both energetic and welcoming. The decor inside the triangular-shaped building is simple, and somewhat nautical (going along with the cafe’s raw bar). Chairs and tables outside are mis-matched, and water is served in ball jars.
Five Leaves offers both sweet and savory items, including the amazing Ricotta Pancakes with honeycomb butter, a whole banana, blueberries, strawberries, and maple syrup, and the Fresh Sage Scrambled Organic Eggs with Aged Cheddar on Grilled Sullivan Street Panini.
For lunch choices, they have appetizers (like 1/2 dozen Blue Point Oysters, Steamed Mussels, and a Prime Meat Plate), Salads, and Sandwiches. Annie and I both got sandwiches after our oysters, I got the BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, and cumin/lime mayo) with a fried egg, and Annie got the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with pepper, zucchini, eggplant, portobello mushrooms, tomato tapenade and melted brie. We both got the truffle fries to accompany our meal, and of course a few delicious bloody marys. They offer a great cocktail menu, but for afternoon drinking, their bloody marys which have a good amount of kick, celery seeds, and are served with lemon, lime, olives, and a cornichon.
For a tasty mid-day meal with friends, or after dinner drinks, I would definitely recommend Five Leaves. Not just for it’s food, or cocktails, but for it’s laid-back atmosphere which makes for a great place for catching up, or recapping the night before.