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bar belly

4.3
4.3
31 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates

bar belly is a Lower East Side Bar Restaurant from the Silkstone Team (The Fat Radish, and The East Pole). We are inspired by seasonal, modern British cooking and focused on farm-table practices and local sourcing. Our food service emphasizes seasonal small plates, and a wide and daily-rotating selection of oysters.Our cocktail selection is reflective of our constantly meandering interests: from local ingredients, to unique traditions, and forgotten or painstaking processes and flourishes.


Our team sources the finest seasonal and heritage produce from specialist local farms and has created a communal ever-evolving setting that, like other Silkstone locations, is vibrant, approachable, and made by caring hands.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, English

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - Late

  • Phone number

    (646) 596-9142

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas WIlber

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    Hester/Canal

  • Public transit

    East Broadway - F Train<br />Delancey/Essex - M,J,Z Trains

  • Entertainment

    Live Music & Local DJ's Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

    Music schedule updated on our homepage - www.theleadbellynyc.com

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

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Menu

Food Menu

available until 12am (10pm on sundays)

  • Grilled Cheese$9.00

    pickled compote

    • Deviled Brussels Sprouts$10.00

      bacon, thai chili

      • House Made Babaganoush$13.00

        market crudite

        • Scotch Egg$12.00

          grain mustard, cornichons

          • Saxelby Cheese Plate$17.00

            • Kale Caesar Salad$16.00

              anchovy, croutons, bacon, egg

              • Peeky Toe Crab Gratin$17.00

                leeks, aged cheddar, sherry

                • The Fat Radish Burger$19.00

                  • Truffled Fries$12.00

                    • Oysters

                      please contact us for daily selections

                      • Half$18.00
                      • Full$36.00
                      • Selection$45.00

                    Cocktails

                    • Cucumber Julep$14.00

                      reyka vodka, cucumber juice, mint leaves

                      • My Old Man's Sweater$15.00

                        reposado tequila, carpano antica, fino sherry, kummel, lapsang souchong, house tobacco bitters

                        • Smoke Signal$14.00

                          mezcal, campari, cocchi americano, lemon, pink peppercorn, salt

                          • Burma Shave$14.00

                            white rum, gin, white creme de cacao, peach liqueur, chamomile, lemon

                            • Tequila Rose$14.00

                              centenario tequila, grapefruit, lime, beet juice, jalapeno, agave

                              • Whiskey Ginger$14.00

                                tullamore dew, ginger, lemon, honey

                                • The Copper Cup$16.00

                                  absolut elyx, market fruit & herbs

                                  • Richard Scarry$14.00

                                    gin, velvet falernum, allspice dram, malort, house apple-tarragon syrup

                                    • Last Leaf$16.00

                                      cognac, navy strength rum, islay scotch, white creme de cacao, chamomile, allspice dram

                                      Red Wine

                                      • Domaine De Belle Vue$15.00

                                        miam miam, cab franc '13, fr

                                        • Alvaro Castro, Dao$14.00

                                          alfochiero / touriga-nacional '11, pt

                                          • Molino D'sant Animo$15.00

                                            rosso di montalcino '10, it

                                            • Chateau De Valcombe$12.00

                                              syrah / grenache '12, fr

                                              • Curto Marco$175.00

                                                la foia, barolo '05, it

                                                White Wine

                                                • Bauer$10.00

                                                  gruner veltliner, aus (liter)

                                                  • Domaine Pascal Bellier$13.00

                                                    sauvignon blanc '13, fr

                                                    • Weingut Schlossmuhlenhof$11.00

                                                      muller-thurgau '13, gr

                                                      • Hugues Beaulieu$12.00

                                                        picpoul de pinet '11, fr

                                                        • Mountford$13.00

                                                          'pure reisling' '10, nz

                                                          • Bear Print$13.00

                                                            chardonnay '11, ca

                                                            Bubbles Wine

                                                            • Castillo Perelada Reserva$15.00

                                                              brut cava nv, sp

                                                              • L'agape$60.00

                                                                crement d'alsace nv, fr

                                                                • Christian Etienne$105.00

                                                                  brut tradition nv, fr

                                                                  • Krug Champagne$290.00

                                                                    grand cuvee nv, fr

                                                                    Rose Wine

                                                                    • Domaine Des Diables$13.00

                                                                      bonbon rose '13, fr

                                                                      • Chateau De Trinquevedel$13.00

                                                                        tavel '13, fr

                                                                        Beer

                                                                        • Stella Artois$8.00

                                                                          stella artois brewery, belgium

                                                                          • Session Lager$7.00

                                                                            fullsail brewing, or

                                                                            • Big Wave Golden Ale$8.00

                                                                              kona brewing co., hi

                                                                              • Two Hearted Ale$8.00

                                                                                bell's brewing co., mi

                                                                                • Founders All Day Ipa$7.00

                                                                                  founders brewing, mi

                                                                                  • Moose Thunder Stout$7.00

                                                                                    butternuts beer & ale, new york

                                                                                    • Crispin Brut Cider$8.00

                                                                                      crispin hard cider company, ca

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                                                                                      What 31 people are saying

                                                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                      4.3
                                                                                      4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                                                      • 4.1Food
                                                                                      • 3.8Service
                                                                                      • 4.4Ambience
                                                                                      • 3.8Value

                                                                                      NoiseModerate

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                                                                                      1. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on March 16, 2017

                                                                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                        love this place for drinks, don't recommend dining there!

                                                                                      2. CA

                                                                                        CANY

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on March 11, 2017

                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                        Good food. Solid service. Bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts. Goodness. Bartender customized my cocktail with tequila rather than gin. Appreciated the personal attention as always. This is a neighborhood gem. DJ was playing great music but way too loud for the small space. A few clicks down on the volume please. I'm not old and it was silly loud.

                                                                                      3. b

                                                                                        brooklynlucille

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on February 3, 2017

                                                                                        overall3food4service3ambience5

                                                                                        The staff were all super nice and very welcoming, but the service was soooooo slow. It's a busy place so to some degree that's just the nature of things, but the meal took 2 hours, which is a reallllly long time to sit on a stool if all you're really looking for is dinner. I would recommend this place more for people who are more focused on drinking and hanging out for a while versus having dinner.

                                                                                      4. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on December 2, 2016

                                                                                        overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                                        It was a nice experience, we would definitely go again. Only thing we wish we would have known is there isn't really a dinner menu. They have oysters and a few small dishes/apps. Had a great time!

                                                                                      5. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on October 7, 2016

                                                                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                        Been here on a free 1st or 2nd dates and it’s always been fun. Live music is a good touch - normally ave a cassy 3 piece as band which is followed by a DJ. Ts very small - Tbd be awkward and an inconvenience if anyone got up to dance so just sit tight, eat the tastes food, enjoy the good mix off cocktails and wines and maybe you’ll finish the night the right way!

                                                                                      6. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        New England

                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on July 28, 2016

                                                                                        overall3food4service2ambience5

                                                                                        Bar Belly is a cozy venue with good drinks and small plates to share amongst a group of friends. However, there were several down sides. The service overall was just atrocious, waited almost half an hour just to get a menu. We then had to flag down the waitress every time we wanted to order another drink. Their happy hour specials were also very deceiving - I had confirmed their cocktail specials over the phone during my reservation confirmation, however were told to pay full prices upon arrival. ALSO, tip was already included in out bill, but the server did not mention this to us even once so we paid double the tip we would have. Very sketchy.

                                                                                      7. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        17 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        17 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on July 22, 2016

                                                                                        overall3food3service2ambience5

                                                                                        Service is spotty. They brought the oysters after the main dish, with a lame excuse. Happy hour choices a bit too curated. Main dish prices a bit high. But go for the oysters and happy hour wine at the bar and enjoy the classic music; then skip somewhere else for the main fish.

                                                                                      8. F

                                                                                        Fred

                                                                                        New England

                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on July 1, 2016

                                                                                        overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                                        I only went for drinks and they were on point! Great ambiance for drinks.

                                                                                      9. m

                                                                                        mugirl

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on May 2, 2016

                                                                                        overall2food1service1ambience3

                                                                                        They had an issue with their seafood order so there was no seafood. Waiter was clueless, never said anything until after 45 minutes of us being there and now starving. So we decided to stay and had to make a dinner out of french fries, caesar salad and rice with mushrooms. No one offered us even a complimentary bottle of water for the inconvenience, let alone a drink. For 2 people with 3 drinks between us, bill still came to $90 each (including tip) and we were both starving and very unsatisfied.

                                                                                      10. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on March 19, 2016

                                                                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                        Really more of a bar with food than a restaurant. The food is generally good, but with such a small menu it can be hard to find what feels like "dinner." For eating, I'd recommend the affiliated (?) Fat Radish across the street.

                                                                                      11. H

                                                                                        H11222

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        43 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        43 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on March 3, 2016

                                                                                        overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                                                        A great place for small bites and cocktails with friends, lovely live music and good crowd make for a nice vibe.

                                                                                      12. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on February 13, 2016

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Amazing ambiance, music, and drinks. Will definitely return back

                                                                                      13. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on January 30, 2016

                                                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                        Lack of communication, twenty minutes we waited at the door being ignored by staff. When eventually staff began to notice, offered things and then dissappeared and never came back, staff too busy enjoying themselves on a busy night and ignored our booking. Not good enough, thankfully we ended up going to a great bar down the road where we got exceptional service. Maybe they should pop down to them and learn a thing or two...very disappointed for a first time visitor to new york.

                                                                                      14. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on January 15, 2016

                                                                                        overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                        Great selection of oysters and live music... good times.

                                                                                      15. S

                                                                                        Service

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on January 14, 2016

                                                                                        overall3food5service2ambience4

                                                                                        This is my second experience at Leadbelly for drinks and dinner. The ambience and food are wonderful - and while the staff is nice enough, service is extremely slow. Perhaps it's that there's only one bartender so the waitstaff is constantly in a holding pattern. Hopefully this changes over time, but I'll likely wait several months before returning.

                                                                                      16. j

                                                                                        jaztel

                                                                                        Munich

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on January 2, 2016

                                                                                        overall2food3service2ambience3

                                                                                        If you like sitting on kids chairs and enjoy yelling at each other the Leadbelly is probably your place of choice. The jazz trio playing forced everyone to talk very loud. Apart from that the room has a nice vintage atmosphere. The oysters were okay if not extraordinary. Service was average. I expect to get a new glass with a new order of wine not just a refill especially after having oysters. All in all not a place I would revisit.

                                                                                      17. AH

                                                                                        AlwaysHungry

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on December 11, 2015

                                                                                        overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                        The evening was amazing and the oysters were perfect. Topped off with cocktails, that are worth the wait on a busy Friday, and you are in for a treat.

                                                                                      18. f

                                                                                        feedme2

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        26 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        26 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on November 20, 2015

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Not knowing what to expect - delighted to find a vibrant "out-of-the-way" watering hole filled with excited patrons. Delicious cocktails and bar food served dinner style. Friendly staff. Good-looking crowd. And a live band to kick-off energies into the night. Definitely recommend but reservations first - do not want to be the table right next to the live band as a crowd gathers around and it quickly becomes a bit crowded for the one table.

                                                                                      19. F

                                                                                        Fschil

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on September 19, 2015

                                                                                        overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                                        Nice selection of oysters, but every single one had shells in it-they don't know how to shuck. Kind of ruins the experience Cocktails are amazing , great, personable bartender. Bouncer outside a tiny Restauraunt seems odd Cozy ambiance

                                                                                      20. a

                                                                                        attentiondiners

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        32 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                        32 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on September 17, 2015

                                                                                        overall2food2service1ambience2

                                                                                        Friendly host. Service is continually terrible. Living down the street, I cannot begin to count the number of times I've had forgotten drink orders, excess charges at the end of meals, requests to order without a menu, late dinnerware, food ready at the wrong times. There's also that time when I was seated at a table for twenty minutes before being told the kitchen was closed due to an emergency.

                                                                                      21. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on September 5, 2015

                                                                                        overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                        Ambiance ambiance. Great food.

                                                                                      22. ET

                                                                                        ElleT

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on June 27, 2015

                                                                                        overall2food4service2ambience5

                                                                                        This is such a cute little spot with great small bites. Loved the Kale Salad and Truffle Fries and the ambiance was perfect. However, the service was mediocre. Our waitress was very nice but our order was messed up, had to ask for basic utensils for various things, there were bits of shell in multiple oysters, and on top of everything we were overcharged. This had the potential to be such a great visit but too many things went wrong.

                                                                                      23. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        San Francisco

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on May 15, 2015

                                                                                        overall2food3service1ambience2

                                                                                        The place is a total disaster. Ambiance is nice, though the music is super loud in a non-good way, the food is not bad but the service is a total disaster. The food comes from the fat radish across the street !!! And you have to wait literally an hour to get any food which you get lukewarm .....imagine a lukewarm burger! The waiter/manager really tried by giving us free stuff ...but it really didn't work! They should really get their s*** together.

                                                                                      24. M

                                                                                        Megnaeny

                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on February 28, 2015

                                                                                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                        Fun atmosphere with a live piano bar. Great place for drinks, but the food was pricy for small portions.

                                                                                      25. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on February 14, 2015

                                                                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                        Great food and drinks, lovely ambiance. The waiters were occasionally hard to flag down. But my, they were cute.

                                                                                      26. LF

                                                                                        LocalFoodie

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        15 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        15 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on January 10, 2015

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                        Highly recommended. The Leadbelly appears to be just another bar with oysters...but is much more. Yes, the cocktails are very well made! Yes, the oysters are fresh and very good! But the food in general is definitely much better than "just" bar food. The four of us went on a busy Saturday night - thankfully we had a reservation! - and stayed a few hours grazing on oysters, kale salad, cheese plate, shared a very good burger & a crazy-good crab gratin. Even dessert was excellent. Service was solid and very attentive. Live music was really nice too. We arrived around 8 and place was less than half-full...by the time we left at 10:30 it was packed with a bunch of folks waiting at the door! Definitely a hipster scene as it got later.

                                                                                      27. KL

                                                                                        KLNYC

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on January 10, 2015

                                                                                        overall4food2service4ambience5

                                                                                        Came here for early drinks and dinner on a saturday night. They have oyster happy hour daily till 7pm. Oyster were great, very fresh. We were 6 so we ordered everything on the menu. Food was ok while scotch egg and bacon wrapped brussel sprouts stands out. Would recommend for pre or post dinner drinks.

                                                                                      28. P

                                                                                        Pandoda

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        22 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        22 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on November 29, 2014

                                                                                        overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                        Enjoyed the small plates and the drinks. Peter the mixoligist made me a great brand/scotch Hot Toddy that was perfect for the chilly night we went.

                                                                                      29. A

                                                                                        Amandachan1

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on October 31, 2014

                                                                                        overall3food5service1ambience4

                                                                                        Food was delicious (the scotch egg!!), but our server was rude to us and ignored us most of the time. We were seated, despite having a reservation, at the tiniest little table in the world. Also, I have tried 3 times to get in and only with a reservation was I able to- there always seems to be a private party taking up the whole bar. Drinks were pretty good and it was not so bad but be prepared to be treated like you don't really matter.

                                                                                      30. j

                                                                                        jen8ch

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        26 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                        26 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on October 9, 2014

                                                                                        overall2food3service2ambience3

                                                                                        The service is spotty - I called ahead of time to see if they could book a place for 10+ people who would be arriving throughout the night for drinks. They said that I should just book a table for 6 which was the max through opentable and hopefully it won't be too busy so that if more people come by, they could pull up chairs. When I got there, they told me that if I wanted to have over 6 people, I should have reserved as there's a minimum per person (which I would not have minded - and which we fulfilled anyways). Ultimately they didn't really mind when we all gathered, and were willing to pull up chairs for all of us - but it was just annoying that their policy was not clear from the beginning. The drinks are good - but there are lots of inventive cocktail bars around, and this was not particularly memorable. When I ordered the oysters, the waitress didn't know which oyster was which.

                                                                                      31. B

                                                                                        Bpy19

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on June 19, 2014

                                                                                        overall2food5service3ambience3

                                                                                        We Were a little bite désappointed about the quantity and thé prices of the food... The oysters are not awsome and meals are really small.

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                                                                                      bar belly is rated 4.3 stars by 31 OpenTable diners

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                                                                                      • Cross street

                                                                                        Hester/Canal

                                                                                      • Neighborhood

                                                                                        Lower East Side

                                                                                      • Hours of operation

                                                                                        Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - Late

                                                                                      • Cuisines

                                                                                        Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, English

                                                                                      • Dining style

                                                                                        Casual Dining

                                                                                      • Dress code

                                                                                        Casual Dress

                                                                                      • Public transit

                                                                                        East Broadway - F Train<br />Delancey/Essex - M,J,Z Trains

                                                                                      • Payment options

                                                                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                      • Executive chef

                                                                                        Nicholas WIlber

                                                                                      • Entertainment

                                                                                        Live Music & Local DJ's Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

                                                                                        Music schedule updated on our homepage - www.theleadbellynyc.com

                                                                                      • Additional

                                                                                        Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

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