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Lamb Spotted Lunching with Diners at Greenpoint Restaurant

By Serena Dai | March 17, 2015 5:24pm | Updated on March 17, 2015 6:57pm
 A man and a woman eating at Five Leaves brought a lamb to lunch.
A man and a woman eating at Five Leaves brought a lamb to lunch.
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Nick Ramsey

GREENPOINT — Hopefully they didn't order the lamb.

A man and woman were spotted by a local resident bringing a lamb to lunch at Greenpoint restaurant Five Leaves Tuesday afternoon.

Animals technically aren't allowed inside the popular eatery, but the diners kept the baby sheep outside on their laps, said Five Leaves employee Peter Demos.

People sometimes bring in their dogs, but it's the first time Demo has seen something like this at the 18 Bedford Ave. restaurant, he said.

Other diners "ooed" and "awed" at the little guy, which didn't make noise and didn't eat, Demos explained.

"They were like, 'Wow it's a lamb'," he said. "It was like a baby."

The customer who brought the lamb with him used to be a regular at the restaurant, but he hadn't come in for a long time and had never brought a lamb with him before, Demos said.

Greenpoint resident Nick Ramsey, 34, tweeted a photo of the furry fella when he spotted it on the way to work on Tuesday. His first thought was, "Doesn't this restaurant also serve lamb?"

The eatery does dish up a lamb pho dip sandwich, which features roasted lamb leg, rillettes, pickled jicama and an orange-anise consomme dip, but it was unclear if the man ordered the item, according to Demos.

"Just, also, 'why do you have a lamb?'" asked Ramsey, who noted that this type of sighting didn't surprise him in Brooklyn.

He and other locals joked about the possibility of eating the creature, though his friends and co-workers later pointed out that perhaps it was being used for knitting.

"Maybe there’s an artisanal yarn movement that I’m not aware of," Ramsey said.

It's not unheard of for New Yorkers to bring unusual animals to restaurants. A goat was spotted with a couple at Famous Famiglia restaurant in Midtown in 2012, munching on a spinach slice.

Still, Demos wasn't that impressed with the lamb.

"I was just like, 'It's a lamb.' I don't really care," he said. "Someone in Brooklyn has this f----ng thing they're doing."