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Silverleaf Tavern - 18 Reviews - 43 E 38th St, New York, NY - Breakfast Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 973-2550

Silverleaf Tavern

43 E 38th St (at nr. Park Ave.)
New York, NY 10016
(212) 973-2550
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Silverleaf Tavern - New York, NY
Silverleaf Tavern - New York, NY
Silverleaf Tavern - New York, NY
Silverleaf Tavern - New York, NY
Silverleaf Tavern - New York, NY
Silverleaf Tavern - New York, NY


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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 inter...


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 w...

Great for drinks! 1/29/2009

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. Pros: Great selection of drinks, great intimate seating Cons: My credit card hurts a little, but, hey, it's Manhattan more

Brian makes the Best Mojito in the city - stop by the bar! 8/24/2007

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. Pros: Bar is great more

Solid, but not great 5/15/2006

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. Pros: Service Cons: Price more

1st and last time... 3/31/2006

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... Pros: Still thinking... Cons: Price, Bad Food, Boring Setting more

terrible 2/23/2006

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. Cons: food, price, atmosphere more

Fabulous, Start to Finish 2/19/2006

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. Pros: Food, Staff more

Very Disappointing 2/13/2006

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. Pros: waitress Cons: food, maitre d, ambience more

Absolutely awful 2/12/2006

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. more

wonderful !!! 1/23/2006

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. Pros: service, fine dining, romantic dining Cons: n/a, n/a, n/a more

first class food and service 12/11/2005

When I heard we were dining in Murray Hill at a restaurant located in a hotel, I was skeptical at best. However, I was truly impressed with the flawless service and food at Silver Leaf. We were a party of four and seated in one of their divinely comfortable curved leather booths. I highly recommend ordering their Long Island duck entree. We dined on drinks, appetizers, and entrees for a little over three hours and never felt rushed. Our server, whose name escapes me, was very informative and courteous without being at all overbearing. It was just the type of experience you hope (and expect) to have at a fine restaurant in the city. Pros: food, service more

Chef's Night Out, weekly tasting event with wine pairing 11/6/2005

Last Friday my wife and I attended a weekly tastings being held at the Silverleaf Tavern at the 70 Park Hotel.\r \r Executive Chef Patricia Williams (Silverleaf Tavern & District at the Muse Hotel) and Sous Chef Michael Franey (Silverleaf Tavern) prepared the three course tasting menu with the optional wine pairing. Menu changes every week. The dishes were priced at $5.00 (appetizers and dessert) and $10.00 (main courses). Each dish was perfectly paired with selected wines from around the world at $5.00 a glass.\r \r Chefs prepared the dishes in front of the diners at the kitchen counter in the back of the Silverleaf Tavern. There were even cameras and large monitors to view the chefs at work. Some of the dishes offered were: White Green Asparagus with meyer lemon vinaigrette and Smoked Shrimp in billy bi broth as appetizers and Bison & Bacon Meatloaf with mushrooms, green beans, shallots and Wild Striped Bass with cara cara orange sauce, savoy cabbage as main courses. For dessert, Key Lime Cheesecake with chocolate soil, key lime sauce and Pain Perdu with yogurt ice cream, papaya lime compote.\r \r There were two seatings; one at 6:00 PM and the second one at 8:30 PM. These tasting events are being held every Friday. Seating is very limited specially the chef's kitchen counter so book early.\r Pros: Great value, Perfect Service, Romantic Ambiance more

A Delightful Marriage of Fine Food and Wine 11/5/2005

FINALLY!!! A decent place to dine in Murray Hill. Chef Kevin Reilly's very clever menu has won my heart over and over and over again! I keep going back as i want to try everything on the menu. But I surrender fully to the Westfield Chevre French Toast. YUM! The winelist boast of phenomenal varietals. Excellent staff. It's great to call a place and finally talk to people who knows what they are talking about. Kevin Reilly, you and your food rock!!!! Pros: Great food, Great Wine, Great service Cons: Expensive more

Bright Spot in Restaurant Wasteland 8/21/2005

Dining in Murray Hill can be a I was thrilled when Silverleaf opened this year. Delicious food--lots of raves already about the french toast-but I'll echo those for the the scallop appetizer, duck confit salad and the shellfish panroast in lobster bisuqe. One day I want to try SL's ""bottomless"" wine option..but I'll wait for something to celebate. The staff here are all courteous and professional. For a more casual night, order from the extensive menu in the front bar. more

original 5/19/2005

From the moment you walk through the awesome front doors you step into another time. Silverleaf is one of the most origianl places I have been to on the restaurant scene. I love that it tries not to be so sleek and empty like most of the newer restaurants popping up all over Manhattan. The food matches the decor so elegantly. Try the frenchtoast and truffels. Amazing! Next time your there check out the paintings I think they are the four food groups painted as still life! now thats original! more

Excellent meal 4/15/2005

Two of us went for a fairly late meal (around 10:30) on a Friday night. There were a few parties in the dining room, but it was starting to clear out. Service was impeccable. Friendly, knowledgeable, and not at all overbearing. The room is also very cool, decorated primarily in silver, blue, and black. The food was excellent. Even the bread basket was remarkable, accompanied by a ricotta and garlic spread and a white bean and yellow beet salad in addition to whipped butter. I recommend the goat cheese French toast to start. The mushrooms accompanying this dish were sublime. The hangar steak was good -- tender and flavorful -- although I found the short rib knish to be bland. The venison was very tasty, accompanied by crispy, highly-flavorful spaetzle and maple glazed carrots. A very well balanced dish. I would highly recommend Silverleaf, and will not hesitate to return. Pros: great food, good service more


I do pride myself on being a foodie. I love trying different restaurants and new flavors. That being said...ANYTHING made with truffle I flip for and this time is no exception. This place has a goat cheese stuffed french toast over mushrooms and dressed with a black truffle fondue. I liked it so much, I asked the bartender if I could lick the plate (and you will too). Loved the shellfish panroast and the hangar steak is great witht the NY style knish. While the deocr in the dining room is less than inviting, I recommend eating at the bar where there is full menu service. The staff is attentive and friendly and I think I finally found a place where the staff doesn't loathe serving you....VERY refreshing. Pros: yummy menu, friendly staff, undiscovered gem Cons: dining room is cold, the movies don't fit more

A Lovely Restaurant 1/22/2005

This restaurant is not yet well known, but it will get there once the word gets out. The food is beyond superb. The waiters wowed me with their eloquence. A wonderful dining experience. The ""bottomless wine"" option, athough, for $48 is a gimmick, and quite expensive. Next time I'll just order by the bottle--drink more, spend less. Otherwise, I will be back there again for the food and dining experience. more

Excellent 12/20/2004

The service was extraordinary from our greeting at the door until the time we left. The food is creative, and the wine list is very cleaver. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment and will be back again. In fact we just made another reservation. more
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  • 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...

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  • Hours:

    Daily, 5pm-midnight; Brunch: Mon-Fri, 7am-noon; Sat-Sun, 7am-1pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, American Express, Master Card, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Midtown South Central