New York meets the North East
‘There are great burgers, but dishes such as beef short rib and an excellent Reuben showcase different sides of the city’s cuisine’
The trend for New York-style dining is now embedded in the UK food scene and the latest place to channel the loft-apartment-and-rooftop vibe is East 59th in Leeds. It’s set at the summit of Victoria Gate shopping centre and fits in perfectly; the restaurant’s parent company, D&D London, has invested heavily in the look and feel, and it shows.
A dark-wood spiral staircase gives way to parquet flooring and some nattily crafted street art, with a Statue of Liberty at the entrance (should you need reminding of the style they’re going for). The menu continues the theme: nachos are ideal to crunch while perusing the menu, while chicken wings are a stellar incarnation of the Big Apple’s favourite bar snack. There are great burgers and hot dogs too, but dishes such as slow-braised beef short rib with mustard sauce and an excellent pastrami Reuben showcase different sides of the city’s cuisine. The real boon is the roof terrace: arguably the best spot in town for sundowner drinks. east59th.co.uk