Hidden Leaf's Pan-Asian Menu Is Synced to Live Performances
Pan-Asian cuisine and classic cocktails will be served at Hidden Leaf.
It's no surprise that Josh Cohen's Hidden Leaf, which launched Wednesday, isn't a breakfast joint. He's the owner of one of the best pancake joints in Brooklyn, Greenpoint's Chez Ma Tante. The new pan-Asian restaurant, which will open next month near Penn Station, hopes to appeal to both gastronomes and art enthusiasts.
The Hidden Leaf kitchen is headed by Chai Trivedi, who offers a menu inspired by southern China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. After stints at Dandelyan and White Lyan in London, Iain Griffiths creates drinks inspired by these influences that make their New York debut.
There are many talents on display, including magic, music, and performance art, and Trivedi's menu is putting up a good fight. He is offering small plates such as Yunnan barbecue St. Louis ribs with sticky sauce, seeds, and preserved ginger mustard as a starting point, as well as large plates like steamed black sea bass with vadouvan curry, crispy jasmine rice, and pickled Fresno chiles. In addition, the restaurant will offer shareable dim sum, including crunchy pork potstickers and jade vegetable dumplings.
Aside from the food, Griffiths will mix up cocktails riffing on classics based on the Asian menu. Currently, two options are available: the Dead Ringer, a twist on the Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail, infused with Baijiu and melon aperitif, and the Tablet Negroni, infused with Southeast Asian Tablet milk candy flavors.
With Midnight Theater launching in the fall, dinner and a show are now easier than ever with Hidden Leaf and Midnight Café open Wednesday through Sunday.