Five Leaves

Five Leaves****

18 Bedford Ave
(between Lorimer St & Nassau Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11222
[Neighborhood: Greenpoint]

Food: ****


  • crispy confit chicken thigh with pickled egg, watercress and jalepeno on potato roll***1/2 – very good but need to consume via big mouthfuls (don’t recommend if you’re on a date)
  • sage scrambled egg panini with aged cheddar and spicy tomato jam***1/2 – popular brunch item
  • ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter, banana, blueberries, strawberries & maple syrup**** – the honeycomb butter was amazeballs.  I have been obsessed with honeycomb since my trip to Australia.  Interestingly enough, I found this video where Bill Granger from Bill’s in Sydney (Heath really liked that restaurant) makes a version of the butter with Crunchie!!!
  • truffle fries***1/2

Service: ***


  • We came here after a fun Hollywood Stunts class in Greenpoint.
  • Gets really packed for brunch.  Tell the waiter you’d like to sit outside to avoid waits.
  • There’s a take out coffee window.
  • Owned by the late Heath Ledger (his family invested money from his estate) and two of his buddies. (Source: NY Times)
  • Food and cocktails are prepared by executive chef and co-owner Ken Addington, who opened spinoff Nights and Weekends. (Source: Eater)
  • Co-owner Jud Mongell and his wife have plans to open an Australian pie shop next to Five Leaves in fall 2013. (Source: Papermag)
  • Heath Ledger’s touches can be seen: granite-topped bar tables engraved by his favorite tattooist Scott Campbell, one table engraved as a chessboard (Health’s father taught him to play at a nearby chess club) with a “scrawled love-heart, replicating one Ledger left on a note to a friend not long before his death in January”.  (Source: SMH)
  • The location used to be an old Polish hairdresser. (Source: Brooklyn Today)

The Rating System:
* blah
** eatable
*** nummy
**** numilicious
***** numtastic


About thenummylist

Blog about eating, drinking, and everything related written by Icy Liu.


  1. midori

    everything looks super yum, esp the sandwich and pancake. oh and the egg panini!? nummy.

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