170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
Call ahead to reserve the chef's table
Nestled on the corner of a cobble-stone street in the Village, Joseph Leonard is a small American restaurant decked with French flare and beaming staff ready to make your dinner a night to remember. Though the restaurant does not accept reservations, it is okay to call ahead and ask about their availability for the coveted chef's table, as has been done many times. The ultimate fine dining experience at Joseph Leonard is unforgettable when you enjoy a four-course meal overlooking the kitchen and chatting with the head chef. I highly suggest you call ahead or show up early to avoid a crowd and snag a seat up there for the best view and meal in the house. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar upon your entrance. Their selections of cocktails are stellar, offering up old school drinks next to colorful martinis at fair prices. If beer is more up your alley, have the bartender recommend you a few tastings of their drafts that will compliment your start to the evening. Enjoy the array of snacks lined in front of you including jarred pickles to marvel at as you sip and discuss your day. Daily specials take the reign here, so don't pass up an opportunity to go for a dish you've never heard of before. With a seasonal menu offering the freshest ingredients that make for exciting, yet comforting plates it's easy to crave everything. Among some must have dishes include their light fruit-infused vinaigrette salads topped with Parmesan cheese and nuts, any dish that serves a delicately fried egg on top, the tender and juicy steak, and for dessert try the caramel pudding topped with crumbled cookies. It is also entirely acceptable to dig in here and eat with your hands if you feel so inclined. That's how delicious the food is.