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$29 -- Leadbelly: Oysters & Cocktails for 2 on LES, Reg. $67

Sold out - This deal was published May 01, 2013 and sold out May 17, 2013.
By Travelzoo Staff
The Leadbelly is "as retro as its sibling, Fat Radish ... is hip and Brit," says The New York Times. For $29 (regularly $67), Travelzoo subscribers can share oysters, hearty small plates and cocktails at this LES spot where "time stands still" (UrbanDaddy).

Why we love it

  • Retro LES oyster bar by The Fat Radish team
  • Zagat calls it a "chic, ramshackle room"
  • UrbanDaddy raves about its Wes Andersonian vibe
  • For $29, 2 can share half a dozen oysters, small plates and cocktails
  • For $10 more, upgrade to a full dozen oysters


April 30, 2013 - July 18, 2013


The Leadbelly
14 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
(See Map)
Tel: 646-596-9142

What's included

  • With this Local Deal, two can take a seat next to a built-in piano or vintage record player in a "chic, ramshackle room" (Zagat) and unwind over:
  • Two menu plates, such as truffle fries with Parmesan or bacon-wrapped, cider chili-glazed brussels sprouts
  • Half a dozen oysters, like the Kumamoto, Wash., oysters with notes of melon or the Chatham, Mass., oysters with toothy rounded meat
  • Two cocktails, such as The Gin LB with Creme Yvette, elderflower and rosemary or the Tequila Rose with grapefruit, lime, beet juice, jalapeno and agave
  • Or for $10 more, get twice as many oysters: $39 gets a dozen oysters (a $34 value) plus two plates and two cocktails.

The fine print

Vouchers can be redeemed starting Thursday, May 2, through July 18, 2013. Reservations not required. Not valid on Fridays or Saturdays; not valid on major holidays or holiday weekends. Seasonal items are subject to change. See below for full terms and conditions.

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$29   $67
57% off
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The Leadbelly
84% Enjoyed The Leadbelly
84% (83 ratings)
Sold out at
10:59 p.m. CT on May 17


M – F, 9am – 9pm ET

84% Enjoyed The Leadbelly
(83 ratings)
Quality of Service
Overall Enjoyed Most Other Comments

The atmosphere is super cute.

The service here really needs improvement. This was a great deal, but it took us over an hour to get oysters, deviled eggs and toast. Our server was MIA the entire evening and it was impossible to get a glass of wine.

Jul 19, 2013 Jaclyn NY, United States

Everything. The cocktails had fresh ingredients, the food was top quality and although it was a little slow service wise because it was so busy, everyone was extremely nice. Happy to go back again any time.

No. It's great.

Jul 19, 2013 denise New York, United States

Nice place, great crowd ,tasty cocktails that actually had alcohol in them ,tasty small plates and fresh oysters. Good service.

Long wait but probably because voucher was expiring- I'd seen a lot of people with printouts.Still,20 minutes wait for happy hour special drink? It should be there in the bucket ! Plates could be bigger (or cheaper).Cool looking seating is not comfortable . But all that not so bad to keep me from turning in if passing by.

Jul 18, 2013 Serhiy NY, United States

The website says The Leadbelly doesn't take reservations, but when we arrived we were told that all the tables were reserved ! Very annoyed, we went outside to discuss our next move when a man asked us what happened, etc. Adam told us he was involved in operating the place & he was really sorry, things were sort of topsy turvy that night due to a large party, & he'd see what he could do. Two minutes later he came outside to tell us a space had been cleared for us & we were seated immediately (literally at the piano, but comfortable nonetheless !). The place was pretty packed & the kitchen seemed somewhat overwhelmed. But the room was attractive, the service very helpful (including Adam, who returned to check that our makeshift table was working out ok), the drinks delicious, the noise level reasonable, & despite taking awhile to arrive, the food (mostly) good.

The website needs to be more clear re, reservation policy. As to the food, the small dishes were really nice & the oysters were delicious but not as well-shucked as they might have been. Our server explained that they had a new oyster man that night, so I'm sure this will improve by the time we return.

Jul 17, 2013 Sarah NY, United States

Service by our harried and overextended waitress was commendable. Live music is a plus. It certainly was mellower than the raucous canned music that was being blasted before the live music started.

The deal was not as advertised. The plates were promoted in the deal as having a value of up to $12, yet the most expensive plate on the menu is only $10. There are two such menu items. When we ordered one of them, we were advised that it was sold out. This occurred at 8:00 PM; bear in mind that the place only opens at 6:00 PM. The oysters, valued at $34, were not the $34 oysters listed in the menu, but rather the cheaper oysters offered at $1 each during their happy hour. Total value: $12. We waited almost an hour for our food, consisting of Avocado and Peeky Toe Crab Toast and a doaen raw oysters, to be delivered. The only item requiring "cooking" was the toasted bread. The long wait seemed like a calculated ploy to have us order more of their overpriced cocktails, which we resisted. The noise level in the room is extremely high, exacerbated by the aforesaid canned music. All in all, the actual value of the meal was close to the "discounted" price we paid, but certainly no more.

Jul 17, 2013 Gary New York, United States

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Tel: 646-596-9142

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