Time Out 2002 Eat Out Awards

The New Leaf Café

A short walk from the A train, in Fort Tryon Park stands a 1930s building with terrazzo floors and windows that open onto a forest. The marvelous structure is home to the New Leaf Café, a nonprofit restaurant run by Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, which spends $4 million a year developing NYC’s parks and public spaces. But perhaps New Leaf’s most vital community service is that it is a white-tablecloth restaurant in Washington Heights, where fine-dining spots are few and far between. Entrées like fresh arugula ravioli with tomato, red pepper and basil are made with local ingredients, and are priced in the $17 range. Flourishes include soulful jazz performances on Thursday nights. So sit back, enjoy the greenery, and ruminate on the fact that your dining dollars are going straight back to the land. 1 Margaret Corbin Dr, Fort Tryon Park (212-568-5323). Subway: A to 190th St.

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