Leaf Bar & Lounge


Leaf Bar & Lounge

New York City-Outer New York

4.2 / 5 2 / 5

May 11, 2018

Asian-themed indoor-outdoor rooftop spot in Flushing, Queens with seasonal cocktails emphasizing fresh fruits and botanical infusions.

Flushing, Queens has long been a destination for authentic Chinese and other East Asian cuisine and boasts a larger Chinatown than Manhattan. More recently it, like much of Queens, is getting a facelift thanks to luxury developments. Leaf Bar is an elegant oasis above a busy dining destination, located on the rooftop level of a new Hyatt Place hotel. The indoor-outdoor space is designed for casual socializing and the crowd is mixed but trends towards local young professionals out for a few drinks in their neighborhood, rather than schlepping to Manhattan. Seasonal drinks (by a Manhattan mixologist) emphasize fresh botanical ingredients, some with a slight Asian twist. The La Vie En Rosé features rosebud-infused shochu, elderflower liqueur, blueberries, cucumbers, mint and sparkling rosé wine, while the tasty Bai Jiu, I Think She’s Got It (kaffir lime-washed baijiu, Pama liqueur, arugula water, makrut lime, lemon and lemongrass syrup) takes the earthy Chinese spirit and freshens it up with plenty of citrus. Small bites by Chef Henry Lin including braised pork belly bun and cucumbers in chili herb oil, are immaculately plated and pair nicely with the cocktails. Fans of the annual U.S. Open tennis tournament should consider the neighborhood’s new higher-end, better priced hotels as an option over more distant (and more expensive) Manhattan.