Five Leaves 

18 Bedford Ave, at Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
The area surrounding Brooklyn’s McCarren Park is ground zero for an architectural standoff between Greenpoint’s modest storefronts and the high-rise luxury condos sprouting up across North Williamsburg. A surprising addition to the former camp is the recently opened Five Leaves. The hyped bar is best known for its late investor, actor Heath Ledger, but Leaves pulls off a decidedly un-Hollywood vibe, with nary a VIP nook or conspicuous amenity. Five Leaves’ highly anticipated opening was definitely not due to the bar’s own merits, but to the hysteria surrounding Ledger’s demise. It’s a welcome addition to Greenpoint (and a worthy neighbor of long-popular spots like Enid’s, Matchless and Park Luncheonette) but beyond the novelty factor, it’s unlikely to ever be a destination for non-residents. --Andrea Rosen

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