This will be our shortest review ever: We walked in, sat down, started the meter, looked around, stopped the meter, and left. Why? The music in this attractive space was punishing. The food must be good–the place was crowded–but we’ll never know, as the music volume made the space intolerable. After just two minutes, we felt our jaw muscles tightening. To be frank, we didn’t feel like putting in ear plugs to make our way through lunch. We just wanted to enjoy our meal, and it shouldn’t be that hard.
If it’s this crazy loud at lunch, dinner at Five Leaves won’t be better. They are open for breakfast, though, so if you get there at 8:00 a.m. before they remember to turn the music on, you might have a shot at a meal without a side of tinnitus. Otherwise, avoid.
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. every day
18 Bedford Avenue (where it meets Lorimer Street and Nassau Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11222