Joseph Leonard

Address: 170 Waverly Place, West Village, New York City, 10014, United States
Telephone: 646-429-8383

- Mid-range

4.6

A new West Village hotspot that's got some of the best food in town.

Named after the owner’s two grandfathers, this intimate low key restaurant is obviously a labor of love and is part of the wave of small restaurants in the neighborhood that serve wonderful inventive food.

Food and drink
4.7
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Food and drink
4.7
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4.5
90%

Food and drink

One of the things I like best about the menu is that you can have a light supper of a cocktail or chilled white wine with a plate of excellent briny oysters, or go the full hog with shrimp and grits to start, followed by excellent entrees like steak au poivre or fish of the day and end with the unmissable salted caramel pudding.

Ambience

The spot is cheerful, bustling and intimate. One of my friends recently compared it to a dinner party at a stylish friend’s house and I would say that is about right, albeit a friend who is a serious chef.

Service

The friends and family atmosphere continues with the service. Staffers are extremely friendly and warm and will explain every dish.

Location

In a charming and residential stretch of the West Village.

Price advice

It may be a neighborhood spot but the prices are quite gourmet, entrees are from US$18 and a three-course meal without wine is about US$40 per person.

Tables to book

The restaurant doesn’t take reservations so try to arrive earlier in the week and early evening when they open to snag a table—my favorites are the ones tucked in the back room but I also enjoy sitting at the bar.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Trendiness

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