The Leaf Bar & Lounge 133-42 39th Ave., Flushing (718) 865-8158
Hours: Sun: 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Mon to Thurs: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Fri & Sat: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Cuisine: Asian Bistro Credit Cards: All Major Reservations: Accepted
In a town where space is something hard to come by, The Leaf Bar & Lounge, located on the roof the Hyatt Place Hotel in Downtown Flushing, certainly makes the most of its location. From the amazing views of the city to its wonderfully crafted cocktail menu, this Flushing escape knows how to keep you in its seat yearning for more.
As a cocktail lounge, Leaf has an exquisite cocktail menu. Its three page long list includes some signature drinks, specialty cocktails, and seasonal beverages. The first drink which caught my eye happens to be a favorite of mine; a jalapeño infused tequila with cucumber and mint, as a margarita on the rocks, served with a spicy salted rim.
While this eatery is known for its vast array of beverages, I am here to tell you about their food. The kitchen produces a fusional blend of different Asian cuisines, bursting with flavors that dance upon your taste buds. The first of many dishes we were able to sample was simplistically fresh with some bold flavor, Thick cucumber slices drizzled in an herbed chili oil. Definitely not something I would order, though a fabulous refreshing kick to start off a meal or just to snack on. Next on our tasting was a new seasonal item on the menu, Chef Henry’s Beef noodle soup. This dark broth soup is perfect for the cold weather which is finally upon us. The sliced beef and cilantro based soup has a bit of spice to it, which keeps you warm long after your final sip.
Following the soup were a few main dishes geared for sharing. Salt and pepper popcorn chicken, Scallion beef pancakes, and their Tiger-bite pork belly buns. The popcorn chicken was lightly fried with a crispy, flakey crust, a simple dusting of salt and pepper for taste. Perfect for table sharing. The scallion beef pancakes were my favorite. Combining the delicate texture of the scallion pancakes served with thinly sliced beef in the middle, and accompanied with a homemade hoisin sauce. Its delectability had me smacking my lips for more. Lastly, the Tiger bites were everything I was hoping for and more in a pork bun. The pork is braised for hours in Chef Henry’s special sauce, topped off with a peanut crumble, creating a spectrum of textures in your mouth that leaves you wanting more.
If you find yourself in Downtown Flushing looking for a place to hang out, stop by Leaf bar and lounge to forget about the daily grind, and let them comfort you with their incredible menus, both at the bar, and from the kitchen. Tell them Eric sent you! You might see me there enjoying the view and a cocktail too.
– Eric Jordan