We view the firm Helbraun Levey as critical partners. The firm adheres to a core set of values allowing them to accomplish their clear mission. We are grateful for Helbraun Levey for many reasons , most of all they help us keep it simple.”

MISSY ROBBINS AND SEAN FEENEY, OWNERS Lillia, Misi

It’s simple. Helbraun Levey are the best.”

ANDREW TARLOW, OWNER Marlow & Sons, Diner, Roman’s, Achille’s Heel

Helbraun Levey has the big firm resources & professionalism with the small firm attention to detail & personal touch.  I would not work with anyone else.”

GREG BAXTROM, CHEF/OWNER Olmsted

Our legal sherpas, Helbraun Levey know the business and seem to love the business as much as we do. We have been fortunate to work with David and Joseph for over a decade. Indispensable.”

JODY WILLIAMS, CHEF/OWNER Buvette, Via Carota

Getting a restaurant liquor license in New York City can be an enormous headache, but the team at Helbraun Levey helped us navigate it smoothly and successfully. They were especially responsive throughout the process, which is important. They’re real mensches.”

IGNACIO MATTOS AND THOMAS CARTER, OWNERS Estela, Cafe Altro Paradiso, Flora Bar

In the way that our restaurants have the goal to not only satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst but to provide the experience in a sophisticated way, Helbraun Levey care not only about the outcome but the experience as well. I highly recommend them for all of the legal needs of your restaurant.”

JOHN FRASER, CHEF/OWNER The Loyal, Nix

One of first things you should do if you’re looking to start a restaurant or food business in NYC is hire David. Things could have easily gone very wrong for us at the start had we not done so and we consider it one of the best investments we made in the early stages of our business. Also, if you’re looking for legal services as an established business there is no need to look further than Helbraun Levey.”

PETRA & ROBERT PARADEZ, OWNERS Peetee's Pie Company

We had been through several lawyers before we found Helbraun Levey. They’ve guided us through the sale of our former business and making Uncle Boon’s a possibility. We never felt as though we were just another client–They are always super responsive and really do care about their clients personally.”

ANN REDDING & MATT DANZER, OWNERS Uncle Boon’s

These guys are the best. Really. We’ve worked with many lawyers and we find Helbraun Levey to be the most effective, smart, calm, sincere and efficient group we have ever worked with. We are happy and lucky to have them in our corner.”

MARK BIRNBAUM AND EUGENE REMM, OWNERS EMM Group - Catch, Lexington Brass

Helbraun Levey have been a crucial asset in ensuring our success as an expanding business. They have an unmatched wealth of knowledge and experience that comes handy in every situation. Just the mention of their name is an industry signifier of excellence.”

DANNY BOWIEN, CHEF/OWNER Mission Chinese

Joseph is a problem solver. We and our tenants rely him on not just for the mechanics of obtaining a liquor license, but more importantly for strategic counsel about how to anticipate and overcome potential obstacles. With Joseph there is seemingly always a way to get to “yes”.”

MARC RICKS, SVP DEVELOPMENT Vornado Realty

After several unsatisfactory experiences with different lawyers, some friends of ours recommended Helbraun Levey to us. Not only are they great lawyers, they are also honest advisors. They are helpful, kind, and willing to provide their expertise to help their clients thrive.”

ERIN PATINKIN, OWNER Ovenly

We like Helbraun Levey so much sometimes we forget that they are lawyers. They are diligent honest and don’t forget stylish. Helbraun Levey can make hell feel like 70 degrees.”

BRANDON HOY AND CARLO MIRARCHI, OWNERS Roberta's Pizza and Blanca Brooklyn, NY

I was referred to David Helbraun by a friend and colleague whom I hold in the highest regard. That referral has been worth its weight in gold. Over the years of my involvement in the restaurant world I have been through a multitude of lawyers ranging from everything to lease review, liquor licenses, Department of Health appearances, operating agreements and litigation. In my past I have worked with different lawyers and firms depending on what I needed. Working with Helbraun Levey has centered my points of contact and communication. Their thoroughness, professionalism, fairness and tenacity has been nothing short of a calming factor and source of comfort to my life. They allow me to focus on my business rather than being consumed by legal matters. I have referred many friends and colleagues and will continue to do so.”

GABE STULMAN, OWNER Fairfax, Fedora, Joseph Leonard & Jeffrey’s

I view Helbraun Levey as indispensable members of our growth strategy and company support structure.  They are the first call I make when exploring a new project in NYC.”

BRENDAN SODIKOFF, OWNER 4 CHARLES PRIME RIB (NYC), HOGSALT (Chicago)

From my initial meeting with David and Joseph I felt I had a dedicated team on my side. They are approachable, professional and understanding to the fact that I was an inexperienced owner. They lead and lead with confidence in lease negotiations, community board meetings, permits, SLA, DCA their knowledge, drive and support was always there. Through the entire process the education I received from these guys will be one that I carry with me and I believe makes me a better operator.”

DEAN JANKELOWITZ, OWNER Jack’s Wife Freda

David and his team have supported us in all areas — from Glasserie’s inception and currently, as we continually grow the business. I highly recommend them.”

SARA CONKLIN, OWNER Glasserie

In our first three years of business, we had been through three lawyers, and three accountants, each making a worse mess than the previous. Finding Helbraun Levey was a godsend. Finally we had lawyers that could talk to us like normal human beings, and give us rational advise, in plain words. We’re butchers, not lawyers. These guys helped us get our house in order so everyone is on the same page, and working towards the same goals.”

BRENT YOUNG & BEN TURLEY, OWNERS The Meathook, Rippers

The Helbraun Levey team have been pivotal in Shake Shack’s growth in NY over the past 2 years, by helping us secure beer/wine licenses at many different locations, always anticipating needs and keeping up with pace. We love working with them.”

ANDREW CROMER, ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL SHAKE SHACK

We met David at the very beginning of our journey, before we knew a soul in the industry and before our concept had fully taken shape. Between sharing wise advice and superb contacts, he and Joseph have played an instrumental role in our success. Beyond specifically doing an excellent job negotiating our lease agreement and navigating our beer & wine application, David and Joseph have shown a lot of belief and patience with us as we learned the ropes. All while charging very reasonable rates, especially given the high quality of service. It has been a pleasure working with them to this point, and we look forward to our continued partnership as we grow.”

OLIVER AND LEO KREMER, OWNERS Dos Toros Taqueria

Ootoya has over 430 restaurants worldwide and the first Ootoya in the United States was established with the help of Helbraun Levey.   We now have 5 restaurants in NYC have and already passed 6 years with Helbraun& Levey.  We could not run without Helbraun’s advice and support. We are so lucky to have their oversight and look forward to continue going forward with them.”

TOMONORI TAKADA PRESIDENT OF AMERICA OOTOYA INC. Ootoya

When you’re opening a restaurant it’s so important to have lawyers who are not only trustworthy and competent, but who also know the ins and outs of our industry. There are so many unique aspects to our business and David and Joseph are truly experts. When you hire them you are getting the added benefit of their years of experience with the hospitality industry. They give you not just legal advice, but valuable business insight as well. As an added bonus, they are thoroughly nice people. I would recommend them highly to any restaurant or small business owner.”

DOUG CROWELL, OWNER Buttermilk Channel & French Louie

With any major decision I make, my initial reaction is to call Helbraun Levey. They have been a tremendous help to me in dealing with investors, operating agreements, lease negotiation, and even providing insight on the day to day.”

MOHAN KUMAR, OWNER Oddfellow’s Ice Cream

Joseph and David have been so much more than just lawyers to us- they’ve been trusted advisors, confidants, therapists, and friends. From the very first time we met, their consummate professionalism put us at ease even the most difficult of situations. The process of opening a restaurant or bar is full of personnel decisions- from designers to architects to engineers to expeditors. Here’s one we’re 100% sure we nailed- we hired the right legal team. These are people that have been there for us 24/7 through this entire journey and I shutter to think about what could have happened to our business without them. My father is a lawyer, my brother-in-law is a lawyer, some of my best friends are lawyers, and yet i never really knew what it meant to ‘have’ a lawyer until now. These guys are our guys and we’re so thankful for it.”

JONATHAN SCHNAPP, OWNER Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

The team at Helbraun Levey has been an important resource for our company. It’s been great to work with a firm that has a direct understanding of what issues restaurants encounter and that has absolutely helped our brand grow. They are personable, professional and considered part of our team.”

MICHA MAGID, CO-FOUNDER Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue

I think they’re not stodgy. I don’t feel any pretense or arrogance with Helbraun Levey. Plus, none of them are vegans.”

DAN DELANEY, OWNER Delaney Chicken

They’re absolutely the best! We’re a tiny restaurant, but they don’t treat us like the little guys despite having a star-studded client roster. Everyone in the firm is always on-point, and the attention I receive for even the most pitiful layman’s question I throw their way makes my heart sing. And plus, David and Joseph are genuinely fantastic people who are a pleasure to be in the company of.”

LISA TOBARI, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Bohemian Restaurant
Helbraun Levey have been essential to the success of our two venues.  In our opinion, there are none better in this field.  We happily refer clients to them as often as possible.”
T.J. LYNCH, OWNER Mother's Ruin, Loverboy Pizza

It’s a rare day when you can consider your lawyers your friends. But, over the last 5 years, Helbraun Levey has become just that.   They care about our business and have guided us through both exciting and painful growth—all the while providing us with sound and practical advice that displays a deep understanding of our industry and our company.  We wouldn’t trust our business to any other firm and tell everyone that will listen the same. They are the best.”

Ryan Burke - Rum House Ward III

My experience working with Helbraun Levey has been exceptionally positive. David’s ability to explain any situation in an uncomplicated way and guide his client to its resolution has made it much easier for me to focus on running my restaurant. The team at Helbraun Levey have tons of experience helping people in this business, and their love of the industry is apparrent in the care they give each client, whether they’re michellin starred or, as in my case, a neighborhood spot”

NICK PADILLA, CHEF/OWNER Alameda