Thursday, March 19, 2009

Silverleaf Tavern

















We used to visit the Silverleaf Tavern when it used to be full scale restaurant few years back. At that time chef Kevin Reilly was in charge of the kitchen and he dished out some really good food. After few not so positive reviews by some of NYC's dining authorities, restaurant seemed to have less and less traffic. I guess the management decided to simply convert the space to a lounge after the chef left. So Silverleaf Tavern became a lounge and a cocktail bar, and a good one at that.

The food they currently offer is pretty good but they are more like light meals to go with your cocktails or wine. Chef Patricia Williams from the District restaurant oversees the kitchen. When we recently visited the establishment for some afterwork cocktails, we enjoyed a Three cheese quesadilla, Lollipop chicken wings, Grilled cheese with tomato soup and Pizza margarita. They were all very good but tomato soup and grilled cheese combo was perfection. For dessert we had a cheesecake and a black current sorbet. Prices for the dishes ranged from $10.00 to $15.00, cocktails at around $15.00. Total check including four cocktail, tax and tip came out to $160.00. Some of the other menu items were Warm olives, Arctic char, Steak frittes, etc. They also offer Happy Hour specials.

Their front bar is often packed with after work crowds and some of the Kimpton 70 Park Avenue hotel's guests. Cocktail menu is full of exotic concoctions and a decent selection of wine by the glass and bottle. The ambiance is quiet dark with dark wood and leather. Silverleaf is the perfect spot for a afterwork drink, a date or a business meeting.

I don't think the Menupages website updated the menu to reflect the new version.

Pros: Excellent cocktail, Good lounge food, Great Service.
Cons: It does get crowded after work hours.


Silverleaf Tavern
Cuisine: Cocktail Lounge, Bar
Phone: (212) 973-2550

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