I went there with my wife after running the Washington heights 5k run . This was our first visitwe both had a homemade cocktail that was excellent and tried a few glasses of wine which were very good and reasonable considering the beautiful location my wife had the juevos rancheros and I had the crab cakes which were very good and we each had the dessert special vanilla ice cream with a peach tart and we both thought it was excellent. We were never rushed and the service was excellent we never had to look to have our water refilled and our server was very attentive There is a great bar and alongside it were tables that looked out on the park which was great but obviously would be a little louder. We chose the back which had tablecloth service and was quieter We will be back in the spring and summer as we can see there will be many plants in bloom a great location for a birthday party shower etc
The wait staff was superb as was the food we chose. The only downside was a family that entered with an extremely unruly loud child. Other than that it was an extremely nice choice for our Cloister's visit.
This restaurant is outstanding; food was very delicious. Their selections of food and wines were excellent. The low lighting of the place fits perfect for a romantic dinner. The waiters were very attentive; checked up on us on average every 10 minutes. In addition the waiters helped me propose to my girl friend!
Host and wait staff were very friendly and service was excellent. Food was delicious.
Nice venue, lovely location, good service. Both table and chairs were wobbly. Overpriced (3 small profiteroles for 12! $4 for juice/regular coffee).
Not impressed...probably a local place...too far from the city to make it worthwhile unless you going to the park.
I wanted to go to the Cloisters after having taken a course in Medieval Art. My friends from Westchester agreed to meet afterwards for lunch. I've been wanting to go to the café for decades. It was worth the wait. Wonderful wait staff. During the week for lunch was a nice quiet time. We talked up a storm. The food was quite good - soup was yummy; grilled chicken sandwich was perfect. Breads were too good. This place made us all very happy. I would love to return.
Very rude host. Be careful - you may be able to make an OpenTable reservation but they will not have a table available for you!
The rest of the staff was nice, though. Good spot to eat prior to exploring the Met Cloisters.
I started with a delicious mushroom soup and requested some bread to go with. For my main course I was given incorrect information on what vegetables were in the quinoa dish. The waiter never asked how the food was. A good thing as it was oily and lacked flavor, an uneccesary disappointment. I stopped in there because of the lovely location.
Atmosphere excellent restaurant located in great setting especially for warm months.
Atmosphere, location and food was very good. Nice place to eat after the Cloisters. L
Consistently slow service every time I have been here. Great spot for a visit to The Cloisters but I think they need an upgrade in service time. Lunch took 45 minutes to get to table.
The location is interesting and attractive. Unfortunately for one of us the accessibility is very poor and the path was not cleared of snow. The staff is friendly but ultimately uncaring. The food was good but on the salty side.
Our dishes were either good enough, or not quite up to scratch. Nothing quite lived up to the prices charged. The tiramisu was not even tiramisu (mascarpone folks, not cream cheese). They get away with this probably b/c it is such a special spot. But next time will order the burger and save my big money for a restaurant that earns it.
We went after a concert at the Cloisters for an early dinner. There was a wedding going on in the large room. We were seated in the bar room which is cozy. It was snowing outside and the scene was beautiful as it got dark. The waiter thoughtfully suggested we get our orders in before the kitchen was swamped by the wedding. All came in good order and was delicious.
This is a wonderful place to eat when you're going to the Cloisters, but it was unnecessarily noisy with some loud, unpleasant music playing in the background.
I love going to the New Leaf restaurant- it is one of the coziest spots in Washington Heights. However, I was very disappointed with the service we had yesterday afternoon for brunch; Our waitress was absent throughout our meal. We found ourselves constantly asking the busboy to track her down for us- and at the end helped us a lot of more than she did. First she forgot to bring us sugar for our coffee (busboy helped us out); We wanted another cocktail midway through our meal (busboy had to track her down); the last straw was when she brought us our dessert menu and didn't come back... for over 20 mins! She only came to our table because I went looking for her to ask for our check! Luckily, we didn't want dessert- but, what if we did? If the restaurant was crowded, I would've understood - but it was not- especially towards the end of our meal, you could've counted how many tables were occupied. I really do hope this was a one time snafu- and not the new norm.
Awesome location near the Cloister's. Food was good.
Always a great place for lunch with colleagues. Our table was ready when we arrived. The menu while not huge offered each member of the party a very satisfying and diverse option. Great staff, pleasant environ! Will always go when I need to eat in Washington Heights.
This gem never disappoints! Don't tell too many people or we'll have to wait!
Burger and pulled pork sandwich were very good and tasty, tender and not heavy at all. Not particularly good the cheesecake, average and very expensive. We had our brunch on a sunny Sunday day in the outside tent, was warm, quiet and very comfortable... we leave in the neighborhood and it was a nice and convenient stop after a long walk in the park. We will go back for sure!
The service was OK; not outstanding. Hamburger was average- not the best, nor the worst. French Toast was seriously burnt- not all that good. Dessert was the chocolate mousse cake- not bad. Total was over $100, which was *not* good value. Average food but way overpriced. Would not recommend to a friend.
There was no parking due to filming - we had to walk quite a way. The restaurant is one of my favorites. Beautiful food & atmosphere. Afterwards we walked Fort Tryon and then the flower gardens — beautiful fall blooms!
We have been to the New Leaf a number of times and it always has been enjoyable whether we sit indoors or out in a very large enclosed tent-like area. The food is good and the servers usually are competent and friendly. If you are hungry at brunch, try the Croque Madame. Be prepared to skip dinner — it is rich and quite filling! Also very yummy. My meal mates like the Rancho Huevas quite a bit. The restaurant is not at all inexpensive once you add in the drinks and other beverages, etc., but it’s worth the expense.
Booked on Saturday through your site. Got a confirmation email. Turned up at appointed time. Closed for a wedding. So why are they still taking bookings?
2nd visit, not disappointed, just as good as the first...sat outside on a beautiful, it was great
Good points: The maitre'd was lovely. the location is wonderful and the seating is far apart in the patio area. The bad points: The food was really below average.
Huevos Rancheros was bland, bland with a dollop of bland, and my entree of pull pork sandwich was ok, but the fries were limp and a very small portion. Service was pretty dismal - our waiter kept forgetting things and disappeared for 40 mins.
A beautiful October afternoon. Visiting the Cloisters we decided to have lunch at New Leaf.
Sitting out on the patio was very nice. The food was good.. It was a brunch menu on Sunday. Menu could use a little more pizazz. The Bellini's and Bloody Mary were very good. Tables are not close together so you can have a quiet conversation. Service was not good. Waited a long time after being seated and waited a long time for entrees and for coffee. We enjoyed the beautiful day outside on the Patio it was worth it.
The food is good and the scenery is even better.
The service is unfortunately not good and rather absent. If don't mind waiting 20 mins for a drink then you are alright.
Outdoor patio lovely and quiet on a nice day. Party going on inside caused long wait for food for patio diners. Waiter said the kitchen is tiny. Ask when reserving if they have a party booked.
The food was excellent. The service lacked but we were okay with that because the waiter appeared to be new. He took our order then came back ten minutes later to take our order again. We got a good laugh. It happens. He was polite so no harm done.
I have been here before a few times and I remember the menu being much better. There were no specials and it didn't offer a lot to choose from if you aren't a meat eater or vegan /Christian's The staff is great and sometimes there's live music. It's a quiet, hidden gems in the city.
The menu is very limited. Salmon, roast chicken, and skirt steak and some bar food. Really not good for if you go for dinner. The e prices are hight and the hamburger was overcooked and dry. The bun was burnt. A nice place for lunch in the summer. But on a weekday cool fall evening the place was quiet and almost empty and that is refreshing in overcrowded New York. The staff were kind and helpful.
Unfortunately it was underwhelming . The food is very straight forward. Really a wedding reception menu. We noted in the reservation that this was our anniversary but no special acknowledgement was made. It’s a beautiful setting but the rest of the experience does not match up. The prices are really just too high for the quality even taking into account being in Manhattan.
Hostess was less than welcoming and had a stain on her shirt. While the waitress was pleasant she was a bit formulaic and when asked if the chef was in(due to a long wait for food) - she said she would have her manager check. In fairness they comped us for coffee. But overall very low energy . Food however was good. The bus person was the most affable. It's a Shame this place isn't more appealing as the venue is great.
So happy with our night at New Leaf! Great food, great service, great overall experience.
I'm not one to generally leave reviews but this was a pretty bad experience and I'm hoping the restaurant will take this feedback and be able to make some changes. Went with my fiance to check out the food and overall experience as we were considering this as a possible wedding venue. We read some mixed reviews on the wedding sites so decided to check it out first. Food was not good. Salmon was terribly undercooked despite being prompted by the waitress to have it cooked medium. Beet salad was very salty - tasted like canned beets. Walking up to the restaurant we thought it looked very cute. They sat us in the tented area that I assume they use for weddings. It was an enormous space with very few diners which gave off a weird vibe. The lighting was entirely too bright. It felt like we were eating at a carnival food tent. While being seating by the hostess, she noticed a large dead fly on the table. She pointed it out, and then still tried to seat us there. Not a huge deal except that there were a million empty tables in there. We suggested we just go to another table - which she allowed. Because of the bright lights there were gnats everywhere that kept landing in our food and wine. Spent most of the evening swatting them away. Needless to say - we will not be considering it for a wedding venue. Its a shame because the park is quite nice and it could be a great venue if they fixed some of these key issues.
We left without dining
We had brunch on Sunday. We arrived at 11 for 11:15 reservation.
Seated on time service was good. Food is ok but the outdoor patio is lovely. If you do brunch make an early reservation. When we left there were people waiting and restaurant was packed
The $25 brunch menu was pretty much on par with food you get all over town. What sets this place apart is the spectacular location in Ft Tryon park, just a short walk from the Cloisters. The patio is simply a wonderful place to dine on a nice day. The service was perfunctory at best - plates and glasses more or less thrown down on the table, waiter disappearing at the end of the meal when it was time for the check. But we'd go back.