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Posted by jen480 on 05/03/2014
I've never had a meal here, so I can't comment on the food, however the cocktails are subpar. I ordered the Woo Woo and it basically tasted like Crest toothpaste. Why use spearmint liquor when fresh mint is a million times better and doesn't taste like a trip to the dentist? My friends got bloody marys and the care spent creating them was not there. Wouldn't recommend this place for cocktails.
Posted by NYC visitor. on 12/29/2012
Fat-salt-sugar. The triumvirate of the American palate. Have any of these young hipster chefs heard of balance? Acidity? Had the roasted fish which was covered in bacon fat. Bacon fat on the rice and greens too. Too much. 2 stars was for the watercress salad. Very good.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/27/2012
all of the menu items taste like they contain pound of butter. how about some attention to flavor rather than fat? atmosphere is festive but it's generally overpriced and overrated.
Posted by FoodiesInNYC on 02/03/2011
I’ve been to a lot of good restaurants lately, but it’s been a while since I walked away feeling that I just experienced true greatness. Feeling full, but wanting more…plotting my next visit, counting the menu items I must try. Joseph Leonard was that experience for me. The menu was exciting… not exotic… but had the type of items that just made your mouth water: a warm octopus salad, crispy braised pork hock, roasted brussel sprouts with siracha, YUM! And, the little open kitchen filled the small room with a perfume of goodness that keeps you on the edge of your seat. We sat down to a jar of homemade sour gherkins – my date who has an aversion to sweet pickles was thrilled. For an “amuse-bouche” we were served homemade potato chips with sour cream an onion dip… Could there be anything better? For appetizers, we then opted to share deconstructed clam casino and the warm octopus salad – a definite highlight. For a main course, we split the New York strip which was perfectly medium rare, and the roasted cauliflower and roasted brussel sprouts with siracha – they were extremely hot and addictive. Joseph Leonard is not for the faint of seasoning… each dish has big, bold flavors. The destructed clams casino was too salty, but everything else was perfect for my palate. I am counting the days until I can return. Next on my list to try – the crispy braised pork hock.
Posted by MW14 on 12/18/2010
Went on a Friday night right after they reopened from a fire....staff could not have been more welcoming or nicer. The scene is very staged but it works, the feel is that you are in some eccentric persons home who loves to cook for a small group of people. The food is very well prepared, the octopus appetizer is a must, while the deconstructed clams casino was a good concept but had too much salt to really work. The main courses were good (I had the strip steak) but the brussel sprouts and cauliflower side dishes stole the show, so don't forget those. We will be back soon.
Posted by Cyrus on 05/02/2010
Sunny spring day brunch, got there @ noon with gf, wait was 20 mins so not so bad. Hostess was very cordial, seated at counter/bar. This place is a major yuppie magnet. Ralph lauren, tory burch "new to new york" types. Very tight. But hey I understand some people like to eat without any elbow room. $12 cocktails way overpriced. Tried the bloody Mary and the Geoffrey, ok to decent. At that price point you better have some great drinks. Food was ok, nice and clean but just not worth coming back for. Overall, not disappointed so much as there's just plenty of other places nearby that's better.
Posted by JUTT on 04/22/2010
During the week, sit at the bar with Alex the barman and eat a ham and cheese sandwitch..perhaps a bit of stuffing on the side or start off with the warm bean salad. On the weekends -it's all excellent and possibly the best bloody mary in town. Atmospehere: awesome. Critics that were not impressed are complaining fools that don't belong sitting next to me anywhere. Jay