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AM New York | “Vacation Destination NYC: Visit the Cloisters” | September 23, 2013
When the sons of Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted were creating Fort Tryon Park in the 1930s, they included in their design a gorgeous building with a cobblestone exterior and slate roof to function as a public cafeteria and park administration offices. By the ’90s, the building was in disrepair, until it was rediscovered by some well-heeled hikers, including Bette Midler, who led the charge to reopen it as a café. Today, the New Leaf Restaurant and Bar serves modern American cuisine in the unique historic setting.
The Journal News | “See unicorns at The Cloisters, then visit Lighthouse” | August 15, 2013
New Leaf Restaurant & Bar (www.newleafrestaurant.com, 212-568-5323) is in Fort Tryon Park, a short walk from The Cloisters, and offers a sophisticated menu that includes wraps and salads.
Mommy Poppins | “Washington Heights & Inwood Family-Friendly Restaurants: 12 Places to Eat with Kids in Upper Manhattan” | July 28, 2013
Located in the stunning Fort Tryon Park, New Leaf is probably best for a special occasion considering the cost (the prix-fixe brunch is $19.95, no kids’ price). However, as you can see from the restaurant’s website, the setting can’t be beat, you’re literally surrounded by lush trees and plants, and proceeds support the nonprofit New York Restoration Project, which helps take care of the park.
Mommy Poppins | “Things to Do in Fort Tryon Park & Fort Washington Park with Kids” | July 9, 2013
Grab brunch and help the park All that exploring make you hungry? Grab an outdoor table at New Leaf Restaurant, located in the park a short walk from the Cloisters. The American menu is upscale but not fussy, and while there’s no children’s menu, kids should like the French toast and basket of homemade muffins. Bonus: Net proceeds go toward maintaining the park.
Toronto Star | “New York Travel: Bird-watching, canoeing and other natural wonders are on offer in Manhattan” | July 3, 2013
11 a.m. – Stop for brunch at New Leaf Restaurant, a 1930s cottage and outdoor patio that serves seasonal modern dishes inspired by local green markets, upstate farms and the city’s community gardens (newleafrestaurant.com/, reservations suggested)
The New York Times | “Rangers Game and Wedding Form a Blissful Union” | May 24, 2013
And so for a few hours, the New Leaf Restaurant at Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan became part wedding hall, part sports bar, with 64 guests waving Rangers rally towels as party favors, and the groom sporting a Henrik Lundqvist jersey over his suit.
New York Post | “A summerful of hot boite spots” | May 21, 2013
* For sheer escapism, few venues can compete with the rear garden of New Leaf Cafe (1 Margaret Corbin Drive, 212-568-5323) on a hill in Fort Tryon Park. It’s a trip to the forest primeval — or to a Swiss chalet, thanks to greenery that envelops you like a warm quilt.
The Journal News | “9 great spots for Mother’s Day brunch” | April 30, 2013
If mom loves art, history and nature, then take a drive to Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights and spend a day at this gem in northern Manhattan. Kick off the day with a lovely brunch at New Leaf. Choose from breakfast items like eggs Florentine or a croque madame and lunch items like chicken paillard or a lump crabcake sandwich. After your meal walk over to The Cloisters to enjoy stunning views of the Hudson River while taking in spectacular Medieval art pieces such as the famous Unicorn Tapestries. Or, for sportier moms, take your bikes and burn off brunch with a ride through the park.
Style Me Pretty | “New York City Wedding from Rebecca Hansen Weddings” | April 29, 2013
While everyone was inside enjoying the New Leaf’s amazing hors d’oeuvres, twin tornadoes were touching down in the city. So we didn’t get the chance to take all the photos we would have wanted, but I was happy to have been able to spend time with people during our cocktail hour.
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Style Me Pretty | “NYC Wedding at New Leaf Restaurant from Isabelle Selby Photography” | January 2, 2013
From there, we decided on New Leaf Restaurant as our reception venue after seeing only a few others. Although we visited in the dead of winter, we could envision a romantic tented wedding outdoors set in a bucolic park quite unlike the rest of NYC that surrounds it and where our guests can enjoy delicious organic, locally sourced food. The venue brought back childhood memories of the Secret Garden by Frances-Hodgson Burnett – the thought of finding a key to a hidden door that leads to my own secluded place was so enchanting. Everything flowed from this inspiration, starting from the soft, muted pastel colors, the vintage key and lock motifs for the invitations and the escort cards, candle lights and mason jars filled with wild flowers…
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The New York Times | “A Gothic Haven for Saints and Unicorns” | December 14, 2012
A SHORT WALK SOUTH, the New Leaf Restaurant and Bar, also in Fort Tryon Park, serves food and drink in a stone building from the 1930s. Formerly a concession stand, it was transformed by donations from Bette Midler and the New York Restoration Project. With its holiday lights and white linen, it is a far cry from a medieval refectory, and it’s just the place to ease the transition from the beauties of that era to the comforts of our own.
Metro New York | The Huffington Post | “The best of 2012: Food and drink ” | December 16, 2012
Best venue for forgetting you live in Manhattan: New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
1 Margaret Corbin Dr. in Fort Tryon Park, 212-568-5323
Take the train all the way up for a glimpse of nature you probably didn’t even realize existed in Manhattan. Working up an appetite playing in Fort Tryon Park or visiting The Cloisters, when it’s time for dinner, hit New Leaf. Executive Chef Scott Campbell’s take on local fare is all the more enjoyable when you get to taste it in this kind of natural environment.
Metro New York | “Upgrade your Swiss Miss to one of these winter warmers” | December 12, 2012
New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
1 Margaret Corbin Dr. 212-568-5323
Valrhona Chocolate is at the base of executive chef Scott Campbell’s creation, and it’s topped with a homemade lavender marshmallow.
New York Magazine | “Weddings” | December 2012
Summary in NY Mag: “This charming building, just steps from Cloisters, boasts great views and a cozy, cottage-y feel. The restaurant’s dining room accommodates 56 seated guest, while the spacious patio, which can be tented in inclement weather holds up to 150. From $155 per guest. In-house catering only.”
Men Who Dine | “New Leaf Restaurant and Bar” | November 18, 2012
We are invited to many restaurants on a weekly basis, some we know well, others we have never heard of and then there are the few that we wish we we would have know about. The latter is the case with New Leaf Restaurant & Bar located in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan.
Well + Good NYC | “Taking sides: 6 stellar vegetarian recipes from New York chefs” | November 14, 2012
New Leaf’s recipe for Organic Mixed Whole Grain Salad
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IN New York Magazine | “Dish Du Jour: New Leaf Cobb Salad” | August 1, 2012
GARDEN TO PLATE“Freshness is flavor,” says Scott Campbell, executive chef of New Leaf Restaurant & Bar. “You want to get food on the table as soon as it’s out of the ground.” Plucked from the on-site garden, tomatoes and micro herbs, along with diced chicken, blue cheese, bacon and hard-boiled egg, turn his Cobb salad (above) into crisp edible art. » New Leaf Restaurant & Bar, One Margaret Corbin Dr., Fort Tryon Park, 212.568.5323
Metro New York | “Farm fresh goods for urban foodies ” | August 1, 2012
Tucked away in lush Fort Tryon Park, this romantic restaurant channels its surroundings via a farm-fresh menu. As an extension of actress Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, New Leaf’s very existence is based on utilizing available resources and restoring NYC parks, so it’s appropriate that chef Scott Campbell calls on local growers like Paisley Farms and Windflower Farms for ingredients. Reserve a table on the restaurant’s spacious patio and order the baby artichoke and avocado salad and the bacon banded pork tenderloin.
Time Out New York Kids | “Family date ideas: Farm-to-table restaurants in New York City ” | April 30, 2012
After exploring the Cloisters, get a bite at this upscale seasonal American restaurant in lush Fort Tryon Park. Enjoy brunch ($20 including coffee and juice) on the patio or dinner in the 1930s former concessions building and feast on dishes like challah French toast with caramelized bananas and pork sausage or house-made pappardelle with jumbo shrimp ($26). All profits go to the New York Restoration Project, dedicated to the greening of the city. Fort Tryon Park, 1 Margaret Corbin Dr (212-568-5323, newleafrestaurant.com)
The Huffington Post | “The Top 10 Green Dining & Drinking Destinations In New York City” | April 12, 2012
Housed in a restored cobblestone building in Fort Tryon Park, the New Leaf Restaurant & Bar is one of Manhattan’s most eco-friendly restaurants because all net proceeds support Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP). NYRP is a non-profit organization dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City’s parks and runs the MillionTreesNYC program with the NYC Parks Department. MillionTreesNYC is a public-private initiative with a goal to plant and care for one million new trees across the city’s five boroughs by 2017.
New York Magazine | “The Achievables: Where to find the balance between affordable and desirable: Inwood” | March 18, 2012
Neighborhood Amenities: New Leaf Restaurant & Bar. 1 Margaret Corbin Dr. Fine dining in Fort Tryon Park. All proceeds go to fund Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project.
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LunchMon – Fri: 12pm - 3:30pm
Bar MenuTues – Fri: 3:30pm - 6pm
DinnerTues – Thurs: 6pm - 9pm
Fri – Sat: 6pm - 10pm
Sun: 6pm - 9pm
BrunchSat – Sun: 11am - 3:30pm