Joseph Leonard, West Village
New York City , New York
Tel: 646 429 8383
Concierge.com's insider take:
From Times Square to Wall Street bonuses (again), it's easy to get the impression that in New York, bigger is inescapably better. But I've always believed that small can be just as swell, so I was won over the moment I walked into Gabriel Stulman's new place Joseph Leonard. This little gem of a spot—there's seating for only 31—is located on a picturesque corner just off Sheridan Square. Despite the restaurant's size, chef Jim McDuffee's tiny four-person kitchen manages to turn out a diverse array of shellfish, charcuterie, and market-fresh dishes. Corn soup is chock-full of sweet kernels and topped with a dollop of onion crème fraîche; a flaky croissant-crusted tart is layered, pizza-like, with a sweet heirloom tomato jam, brie, and an array of fresh tomatoes. And my baked Chatham cod—seared quickly before getting finished in the oven, then served with peas, chanterelles, and orzo—was about as perfect a piece of fish as I've had in awhile. They don't take reservations, and those 31 seats fill up fast (on a recent Sunday evening, there was already a waiting list at 6:30) because another thing that's small about this joint are the prices.Lawrence Karol, first published on Gourmet.com
Open Mondays 5:30pm to midnight, Tuesdays through Fridays 8am to 2am, Saturdays 10:30am to 2am, Sundays 10:30am to midnight.