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The Leadbelly

New York City-Lower East Manhattan

4.3 / 5

May 11, 2018

The brainchild of the duo behind the popular Fat Radish on the Lower East Side, this new Orchard Street oyster bar and cocktail den has a homely, laid-back vibe.

The brainchild of the duo behind the popular Fat Radish on the Lower East Side, this new Orchard Street oyster bar and cocktail den has a homely, laid-back vibe. The room is deliciously vintage, complete with an ‘old-timey’ piano (which gets a good work out and is not just for show), Airstream copper bar, a dansette record player, a set of shelves laden with books and records and a selection of rather battered benches and tables on which to perch. Despite its newness everything feels lived in: the paint and plaster flakes and a dart board hangs on the raw white wall. There are plenty of good things to eat and drink here too. A small but thoughtful cocktail list includes a refreshing cucumber-spiked julep and an awesome-sounding toasted almond White Russian as well as a good range of local beers and champagne sourced from smaller producers. The food menu features an abundance of East and West Coast oysters, plus a few shareable plates, including a decadent mussel pot pie. The beaten-up décor and unfussy atmosphere makes this a great place to hunker down with a drink or three, especially when the piano is being put to good use.

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