43 E 38th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.749851 -73.979918
Daily, 5pm-midnight; Brunch: Mon-Fri, 7am-noon; Sat-Sun, 7am-1pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown South Central
Great for drinks! – I've been here a number of times, mostly for drinks with the girls, and always enjoy it. Never overcrowded, great drinks, intimate setting, definitely my #1 place to catch up with friends or hubby.
Brian makes the Best Mojito in the city - stop by the bar! – After extensive reasearch, I can honestly say that Brian at the bar makes the BEST Mojito in the city. Run, don't walk, to the bar. There's also a cocktail list with other interesting drinks, and all are expertly prepared by Brian. It's so refreshing to find a bartender that knows what he's doing. The bar at Silverleaf has a nice and welcoming atmosphere and it's a very relaxing place to spend some time. I haven't tried the food yet, but I highly recommend adding Silverleaf to your list of places to stop and have a drink.
Solid, but not great – We tried it in March, and while we weren't thrilled with the food the staff was amazing. The decor is odd, but comfortable. Are those car tires wrapped around the columns? Regardless, the cozy booth seating kept our attention on each other rather than the decor.
The wait staff were very good. The waiter suggested a very nice wine. Kudos to him.
Now if only the food were better. I had the heretofore raved about French Toast appetizer and while mine wasn't the buttery mess that another reviewer mentioned, it wasn't great either. Nor was the seafood panfry. It was good, but the clams, shrimp & lobster were all overcooked and tough. The mussels and scallops were quite tender. For the money, the entrees could've been better prepared.
Maybe the kitchen had a bad night. I'd return to try other items on the menu, simply because of the amazing service.
Flourishes of Rococo-era character adorn this refined American restaurant in Murray Hill. – The Scene
Draped in elegance, this lavish hotel tavern is fashioned more for upscale dining than drinking. Velvet-backed chairs, a communal banquet table, and still-life paintings set in gold frames recall Baroque opulence, while plush leather booths and the eye-catching custom chandelier--a silver, crystal-leafed vine twinkling with tiny intertwined bulbs--modernize the special occasion space. Despite overhead digital art and an amethyst bar, the less whimsical lounge suits casual travelers with flat screens and low seating.
The new American menu also pursues an antiquated-but-updated decadent design. The signature starter rejuvenates classic French toast with a deliciously unsweet combination of truffle fondue, goat cheese filling, and sauteed mushrooms. The juicy hangar steak gets a touch of old New York, with its size of potato knish hiding tender short ribs, while charred steak-sized servings of lamb frite arrive with humdrum shoestring fries. Rich dessert crepes ooze warm cheesecake, but the Belgian waffle banana split is pure, caramelized extravagance.
1st and last time... – I read all the reviews you're reading now, and the place sounded fabulous just as you're probably thinking. So, I went for Restaurant Week and have to say it was really disappointing. First off, the Restaurant Week menu was terrible, but that's no real surprise (restaurant week is a sham, if you ask me). My friend and I ordered off the regular menu, and the food was entirely disappointing. Very average fare for such a highly touted place. To make matters worse, the decor is terribly drab and I felt like I was at the Yale Club or something. Finally, to kill the deal was the cost - exorbitant. Don't waste your time, and definitely don't waste your money here...
terrible – This was by far the worst meal Ive had in Manhattan. The french/toast goat cheese appetizer was greasy, cold and bland. The steak was fatty and tasteless except for the charred exterior. I made a reservation after reading the rave reviews here and now suspect that the proprietors have given themselves such high marks. Maybe hotel patrons and tourists find this food fabulous but all others should stay clear.
Fabulous, Start to Finish – My boyfriend and I visted looking for a quiet, romantic meal and were very pleased. The food was delicious - we started with calamari - light, moist and perfectly suited with a spicy mayo sauce. I got their shellfish panroast which was incredible! Rich and flavorful without being heavy. My boyfriend got the special- swordfish - very tasty. I don't know what happend with previous service qualms, but I would say if I had to rave about one aspect of our experience, it would be the staff. We were greeted at the door, our coats were immediately taken and we were promptly seated. Our waiter couldn't have been more helpful, from suggesting wine and specialty entrees to checking on our drinks while still allowing privacy. You should expect a bit steeper prices, but I totally felt I got my moneys worth. A first class establishment without being pretentious.
Very Disappointing – Went here to celebrate a Birthday/Valentine's day. We had reservations and the Maitre D forgot about us -- after we waited an hour and then went up and asked about our table, it was laughed off as a "mistake" and then we finally got a table. We had to wait about another hour for our appetizers, as there was a "snaffu" in the kitchen. The late appetizers were accompanied by cold bread. The food was just mediocre. The appetizers were luke warm at best (which is not good for goat cheese/french toast). My husbands duckbreast was nothing but fat and my filet had A1 sauce on it for flavor. I would not return to silverleaf, as our special occasion was ruined by mediocrity at best.
Absolutely awful – I was shocked at how atrocious this restaurant is, considering the price. The heretofore high rating is... extremely suspect, let's just leave it at that. The food seems like some kind of sick joke - bad, banal food dressed up to look good. But come to think of it, not even all that dressed up. The french toast with chevre appetizer was sopping wet with butter and bland to boot. It was accompanied by a tedious pile of unappealing, buttery mushrooms. Everything in fact seemed doused in butter - a heavy and cloying odor of it hung in the air with the terrible, too-loud Euro-electronica. The steak was gristly and accompanied by soupy mashed potatoes. Again, butter everywhere, no flavor, no freshness. This is a big-time ripoff joint.
wonderful !!! – My husband and I went in Jan "06" and really were impressed. The food was delicious- especially the french toast appetizer. My husband had the steak and loved it- I had the duck breast which was great. They were very knowledgable with their wine list and the service was impeccible !! I commented that I loved the odd shaped coffee cup and they wrapped one up in a pretty bag and gave me one before leaving. I would highly recommend this restaurant and I'm looking forward to visiting again.
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