Leyla
Leyla
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Leyla

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.leylanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122557150
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily from 5pm
    Brunch: Every Sunday from 11am - Buy any entree and get unlimited Mimosas from 11am until 3pm*

    Please note that reservations of 10 or more guests are asked to order from our prix fixe menu.
    Cancellations made 48 hours prior to your reservation (10 or more guests) carry a No-Show Policy whereby we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee of $25 per guest.

    *Restrictions apply
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jared Braithwaite
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Planning a private party and want delicious food?
    Leyla offers off-site catering for your special event!
    We can cater full dinner parties for up to 50 guests and canape receptions for up to 150 guests.
    All menus are custom created in order to meet our guests specific needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Leyla is available for private events. We can seat up to 45 guests for private dinners. Standing receptions can be hosted for up to 65 guests.


    Menus are custom created in order to offer our guests exactly what they want. Jared and Monique, our culinary team, is looking forward to help you create the right menu for your event.


    We also offer full event planning from flowers, decoration, transportation and entertainment to special equipment rental and more. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Leyla Natalie Maroufi 2122557150

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bleecker Street
  • Public Transit: Christopher St - Sheridan Sq: 1
    West 4th: A, B, C, D, E, F, M.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Metered Parking Available on Seventh Avenue South.
    Valet Parking nearby
A word from Leyla
Leyla is your new restaurant addition to the West Village where Chef Jared Braithwaite, formerly of Public, is bringing simple yet delicious New American fare to the table. The restaurant is conveniently located on Seventh Avenue South and has a charming, comfortable and rustic setting that creates the right ambiance for any occasion.
Leyla also offers seasonal specialty cocktails, a regularly changing and carefully selected wines list and a broad selection of Local, Micro and International brews.
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Leyla reviews from OpenTable diners
  • bad food. hadnt receive entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    bad food. hadnt receive entrees after 2 hours. wont be back.
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  • food was wonderful, and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    food was wonderful, and very interesting. highly recommend.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Very cute cozy place. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    Very cute cozy place. Food and service was great. Cocktails were excellent. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out for dinner and chatting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    Out for dinner and chatting with the girls... We're all food and wine snobs. Great meal and terrific service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • My favorite dish in all NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    This place is great time and time again. My friends and I love coming here for their amazing cocktails. Their mojitos and blood orange margaritas are our favorite, probably in all of NYC. And I absolutely love their salmon with red quinoa and yogurt, which has to be my favorite dish in all of NYC. I come here every time I'm in town, a few times a year, and every year during restaurant week in the winter and summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Went for lunch and found myself
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    Went for lunch and found myself pleasantly surprised. The interior is so bright and comforting, and this translated onto the food and staff as well. The hostess was so nice, and from my seat I had a great view of the street and the new world trade building. This restaurant is in a celebrity-centric are. My friend pointed out Kal Penn passing by the window as we ate. I want to come back for sure, and bring my boyfriend since this place would be so perfect for a date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • The service was very slowly
    AFLNYCVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    The service was very slowly for a small restaurant. We had to ask for bread and then told it was being baked. We also waited a long time for our food, which was fine but not stellar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Service too slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    The food was good, but nothing very special. The real issue was the incredibly slow service. It was at least10 minutes before anyone checked to see if we wanted a drink or to take our order. Nearly 30 minutes until the appetizer arrived. We both had the onion bisque which must have been made in advance. No explanation for the delay. About 15 minutes into our wait bread finally arrived. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there again. If I was in the neighborhood, that might be a different thing
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  • Truly outstanding food and
    Villagelocal
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Truly outstanding food and drinks. Warm atmosphere and nice sidewalk view in the snow. We live in the neighborhood but only went there for the first time last Friday. We will be back regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Quaint, Cozy, and really nice.
    JayH
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    Here for restaurant week. Was a nice selection of food with a good wait staff and expect to come back in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hidden gem on 7th Avenue
    GourmetmomVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    A hidden gem on 7th Avenue South. No buzz and glad we checked it out. Well worth it. Delicious food for every course. Pleasant, attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • We came for the Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    We came for the Restaurant Week dinner. The food was good enough, but nothing spectacular. Incidentally my dishes were on the blander side, but my friend's dishes were a bit over-seasoned. The entrees apparently took a little longer than usual to come out, so we were given complimentary glasses of wine (to be fair, I wasn't at all impatient or felt like I was being kept waiting). Our server was helpful and a pleasure to have. Definitely a smaller space, so the bulk of patrons were pairs, but a group of six or so in the middle wasn't obtrusive. Overall a pleasant experience, just be mindful of the seasoning of the dishes.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Normally not open for lunch
    RichMVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    Normally not open for lunch (unfortunately) but opened for Restaurant Week in NYC. Sadly, we were the only ones in the restaurant. The only menu was the very limited Restaurant Week menu. Although the choices were limited, the food was spectacular. Check it out.
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    fit for foodies
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  • We arrived at 5:15 and there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    We arrived at 5:15 and there was no one else in the restaurant, but they seemed eager for us to order by 5:30. The wines by the glass were $12-$14 and they filled the glass about 25%. When we commented on the small amount, he took the glasses away and we saw he and his associate rolling their eyes. When he brought the glasses back, it had a tad more wine in them. The food was just okay. I wouldn't go back.
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  • Underwhelmed. Won't go back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    There were a few hits with some of the dishes, but the misses really overshadowed the evening. First, there was nobody else dining at the restaurant. So it made for a really lackluster environment. As we waited for our apps to arrive, we were given bread that was undercooked--too doughy to eat. The starter course was really good but one main entree, the trout, was very undercooked. To make matters worse, when we ordered the doughnuts for dessert, it was just re-purposed bread but it tasted SO bad, nobody in our party could stomach more than a bite. Good risotto and gnocchi, but hard to enjoy with everything else.
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  • I was expecting a bigger restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    I was expecting a bigger restaurant with a more lively vibe. Nonetheless, the restaurant is pretty small but is quaint and has a great laid back ambiance. The service however was not great and the advertised menu and brunch special was not what you got. They need to update their menus online because I went expecting to enjoy an advertised dish that they no longer make. The waiter was slow to refill "bottomless" mimosas. They also advertised bottomless, but that only lasts an hour and a half.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Always good service, and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Always good service, and the food is great. Great local spot for a good, unique meal with friends. Love that it's small and intimate- feels like you're getting special treatment every time.
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  • Really lovely quiet late night
    KritiKareVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    Really lovely quiet late night spot. Loved the food and the service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Absolutely lovely.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    The food was phenomenal, the staff was beyond warm and courteous, and the ambiance was lovely. I very rarely feel moved to write a review, but Leyla deserved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner here with my family and had an outstanding experience. The food was phenomenal and the service was exceptional. Our meal was served family style - plated before us by the chef himself! - and made for a very personal and unique holiday. I highly recommend this place to anyone who loves fabulous food and a welcoming ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • An AMAZING Thanksgiving Lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Thank you for an amazing Thanksgiving Lunch!! The service, food and wine at Leyla was nothing short of amazing. Visiting from Australia, we were looking for a traditional family Thanksgiving lunch. The service was attentive, friendly and accommodating from the moment we arrived. Upon arrival we were delighted to learn that for our $65, we could select all dishes from each course - all served by the chefs. The menu had been thoughtfully designed with a fresh approach to traditional dishes.The food was perfectly executed (loved the brussel sprouts!!) and we were encouraged to linger and eat as much food as we wished. Thank you to all the crew at Leyla's for creating an unforgettable Thanksgiving lunch for these Australian foodies!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Had a spinach salad and the
    LoveditVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Had a spinach salad and the Lobster Risotto. My date had the scallops. We both enjoyed everything. I have to admit I was a bit hesitant to try this place because it had such mixed reviews on Yelp, but I am really glad I did. I do not understand why there were so many poor reviews. It's definitely worth the trip and I will be back. Cute little place.
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  • it is a beautiful place and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    it is a beautiful place and the food is amazing. compared to other high-quality restaurant, where you only get very little portions, Leyla is very generous with its portions. i will definitely come back again as food, drinks and service in a ambiance is unbeatable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Food even better than expected.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Food even better than expected. Very tasty fare. Pleasant ambiance in, perhaps, a neighborhood perhaps not known for dining, which makes it a very nice find. Service low key and efficient. Just a very nice dining experiemce all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • it is an amazing restaurant-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    it is an amazing restaurant- every little detail is made with love. the service is great and food is always spectacular. i also really love the brunch including endless mimosa... i really recommend having brunch, lunch and/or dinner at Leyla
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    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Excellent food and service.
    RockyVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Excellent food and service. The pinot noir was a good value in wine.
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    fit for foodies
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  • I took a group of ten ladies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    I took a group of ten ladies to brunch at Leyla for my friend's birthday. We went around noon and the place was sunny and pretty and empty. It did fill up as we brunched, but we filled up most of the small dining area. Everyone seemed to really like their food and about half of us enjoyed their "wake up and brunch" deal--$25 for your entree and unlimited mimosas. This was one classy experience. The mimosas were delicious and the wait staff was incredibly attentive with refills. Our waitress was very personable and we watched our food come out fresh from the kitchen window. Leyla is the perfect place for a relaxed Sunday morning brunch. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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  • Great Brunch.... Unexpectedly
    ZekeVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    We were the only people having brunch there, which made me hesitant at first. The food was great for brunch and in the end, I think that they should be full for lunch because it is great and fairly affordable.
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    great for brunch
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  • My big food complaint was
    ClassicVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    My big food complaint was the new version of sweetbreads that they are doing. Please do not put Buffalo chicken wing sauce on a sweetbread. It is just way too delicate for that type of a sauce. The steamed mussels were very good. The seared sea scallops were a bit on the small side, but prepared well. The pumpkin gnocchi was a bit odd. The chunks of pumpkin were almost burned. The spinach salad was very good and so was the onion bisque.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent diner. Food was
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2012
    Excellent diner. Food was very good. Interesting choices and good variety. Nice selection of wine by the glass - all 3 members of my party found something that they really enjoyed. Service was friendly and attentive. Staff very welcoming. Neat view of bustle on 7th ave. Desert and coffee were an excellent finish to the meal.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • My pasta had NO taste & our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    My pasta had NO taste & our other food was fine/not great. The waiter, however, was great. I liked the atmosphere but wouldn't go back unless I knew the food had improved.
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  • Great food...service a bit off
    DBNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Food great Service a bit uneven but they tried. Several "mistakes from the kitchen" did land us free wine/food. I'd go back!
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  • The food was excellent. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    The food was excellent. The service was pleasant but slow. The noise level was unbearable. The place was only half full and I couldn't hear what my wife was saying. I left with a headache.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Everyting we ordered was great.
    nickname
    Dined on 8/27/2012
    Everyting we ordered was great. My Rissoto was otstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I forgot to ask them for my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    I forgot to ask them for my dining [points.Can I still get them?
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  • It was a nice, cozy restaurant!
    foodiebynature
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    It was a nice, cozy restaurant! While the service and food were generous, the wait time for the main entree was disappointedly long. However, I would give them a second opportunity.
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    romantic
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  • Amazing food! Not to be missed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    What a great little place and the food was amazing. Can't say enough about the wait staff who did a great job helping us pick the right wine for our meal. In the end it is all about the food! Three of us dined on the Restaurant Week menu and tried almost everything and there was not one miss on that menu. Kudos to the Executive Chef, Jared Braithwaite (yes-loved it so much we asked for his name) and the wait staff for such a great job making our dining experience the best it could possibly be!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • One strong objection re NYC
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    One strong objection re NYC is Restaurant Week: They insisted that everyone at the table order from the restaurant week menu--or no one. So if one person wants to order off the restaurant week menu, there is pressure on all to do so. That is not in the spirit of NYC is Restaurant Week. We were a table of four. Our two guests wanted to order off the menu, so we felt obliged to do so as well.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • I couldn't get over the blaring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    I couldn't get over the blaring R&B music. It drowned out conversation and made my stomach churn so I could barely taste my food. To crown the "smooth" occasion, my salmon was overcooked.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite food. Interesting,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    Exquisite food. Interesting, but not pretentious or "unique" to the detriment of taste. We had the restaurant week menu, so tried many dishes & drinks. All were delightful and we were treated well.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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