Freemans

★★★☆☆
  • 191 Chrystie St 2F

    New York, NY 10002

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  • 212-420-0012

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Sat-Sun 10am-12am, Mon-Fri 11am-12am

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I made reservations and informed the hostess that this was a special evening - a birthday. We still ended up waiting about 30 minutes for our "table" - which was barely able to fit 2 people, let alone 3 of us. It was in the worst spot and the waiters constantly had to squeeze in between one of the chairs and the wall to get through. The hostess was unbelievably rude about us even being there even though when we showed up the place was virtually empty!

The food: really the only thing that still stands out is the artichoke dip which was phenomenal. My guests liked the Devils too. The entrees were forgetable and overpriced, and honestly the service really just ruined the experience.

Come here for the speak-easy locale and the dip, and drinks too, but leave without sitting down.

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★★☆☆☆

I made reservations and informed the hostess that this was a special evening - a birthday. We still ended up waiting about 30 minutes for our "table" - which was barely able to fit 2 people, let alone 3 of us. It was in the worst spot and the waiters constantly had to squeeze in between one of the chairs and the wall to get through. The hostess was unbelievably rude about us even being there even though when we showed up the place was virtually empty!

The food: really the only thing that still stands out is the artichoke dip which was phenomenal. My guests liked the Devils too. The entrees were forgetable and overpriced, and honestly the service really just ruined the experience.

Come here for the speak-easy locale and the dip, and drinks too, but leave without sitting down.

Pros: Artichoke dip, drinks

Cons: Service, food

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Went here for brunch on a Saturday. We were seated in a booth, which was nice. I ordered the buckwheat pancakes while everyone else in my group got the skillet eggs. The pancakes were ok...I wished they were a little fluffier, but that may be the buckwheat's fault. The eggs were good as well. I ordered a side of hash potatoes, which turned out to be the best aprt of my meal.

Overall, it was a nice meal, but I didn't leave as satisfied as I would have liked. I've definitely had excellent brunches in New York before, but I didn't leave Freeman's with the same feeling, which prevents me from giving it 4 or even 5 stars. Solid, but could have been better

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★★★☆☆

Went here for brunch on a Saturday. We were seated in a booth, which was nice. I ordered the buckwheat pancakes while everyone else in my group got the skillet eggs. The pancakes were ok...I wished they were a little fluffier, but that may be the buckwheat's fault. The eggs were good as well. I ordered a side of hash potatoes, which turned out to be the best aprt of my meal.

Overall, it was a nice meal, but I didn't leave as satisfied as I would have liked. I've definitely had excellent brunches in New York before, but I didn't leave Freeman's with the same feeling, which prevents me from giving it 4 or even 5 stars. Solid, but could have been better

Pros: The address, haha

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Plain and simple, my one hour and change wait turned into 2 hours. I was "next" for about 45 minutes, and she refused to make eye contact with me when I politely asked her what our status was. She made me feel as though it was my fault!! When we asked for her name, she refused to give it to us THREE TIMES. She refused, but I had gotten it earlier anyhow. Disgusted and she should be ashamed of herself and her lack of any regard for customer service.

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★☆☆☆☆

Plain and simple, my one hour and change wait turned into 2 hours. I was "next" for about 45 minutes, and she refused to make eye contact with me when I politely asked her what our status was. She made me feel as though it was my fault!! When we asked for her name, she refused to give it to us THREE TIMES. She refused, but I had gotten it earlier anyhow. Disgusted and she should be ashamed of herself and her lack of any regard for customer service.

Pros: Bartenders were friendly

Cons: Angela the Hostess

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I didn't mind the 90 minute wait and the relatively rude staff, until I used the restroom and there were "critters" (the big brown ones that City Search won't let me type) all over it. When I informed the host and hostess (both completely blase) they barely reacted and seemed to go "handle it." Then, when my father and my boyfriend both used the bathroom later in the evening, there were still ahem, "critters" all over it -- even in the sink.

The food was decent - the decor and atmosphere are the real draw. But after a 90 minute wait, I expect to be treated in a friendly manner, rather than made to feel like the staff is "put out" to wait on us or seat us, and our waiter even made snide comments on what one of the guests at my table ordered -- seriously?.I've lived in New York for 20 years, its rare that you find this sort of snobbery.

Honestly, if there are that many critters in the bathroom DURING service, imagine what is running around the kitchen and dining room of this place when the lights go out AFTER service. Filthy.

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★★☆☆☆

I didn't mind the 90 minute wait and the relatively rude staff, until I used the restroom and there were "critters" (the big brown ones that City Search won't let me type) all over it. When I informed the host and hostess (both completely blase) they barely reacted and seemed to go "handle it." Then, when my father and my boyfriend both used the bathroom later in the evening, there were still ahem, "critters" all over it -- even in the sink.

The food was decent - the decor and atmosphere are the real draw. But after a 90 minute wait, I expect to be treated in a friendly manner, rather than made to feel like the staff is "put out" to wait on us or seat us, and our waiter even made snide comments on what one of the guests at my table ordered -- seriously?.I've lived in New York for 20 years, its rare that you find this sort of snobbery.

Honestly, if there are that many critters in the bathroom DURING service, imagine what is running around the kitchen and dining room of this place when the lights go out AFTER service. Filthy.

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This place was great. My lady friend and I were seated immediately at 6ish on a Sunday night. We ordered the cheddar toasts (they had a bite of horseradish to them), a green salad with apples and radish, the rabbit, and a fish special of monkfish over squash and brussel sprouts. Everything was really delicious and the perfect amount of food. Based on what we'd heard, we thought Freeman's might be an overly trendy spot but the service was good and the patrons were of all walks of life. We really enjoyed the taxidermy on the walls and warm atmosphere.

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★★★★★

This place was great. My lady friend and I were seated immediately at 6ish on a Sunday night. We ordered the cheddar toasts (they had a bite of horseradish to them), a green salad with apples and radish, the rabbit, and a fish special of monkfish over squash and brussel sprouts. Everything was really delicious and the perfect amount of food. Based on what we'd heard, we thought Freeman's might be an overly trendy spot but the service was good and the patrons were of all walks of life. We really enjoyed the taxidermy on the walls and warm atmosphere.

Pros: Seated immediately, delicious food

Cons: Kind of crowded

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My friends went there for brunch. Carlos, the host, told us that it was at least an hour wait for 2 & walked away before we can put our names down. He rolled his eyes when we gave him a name. The list means nothing. You'll get a table if he finds you somewhat tolerable & not disgusted by the sight of you.

We were able to get seats @ the bar after waiting for an hour. The food is average. Don't bother going unless you like to be given dirty looks by the staff & treated like you don't exist.

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★☆☆☆☆

My friends went there for brunch. Carlos, the host, told us that it was at least an hour wait for 2 & walked away before we can put our names down. He rolled his eyes when we gave him a name. The list means nothing. You'll get a table if he finds you somewhat tolerable & not disgusted by the sight of you.

We were able to get seats @ the bar after waiting for an hour. The food is average. Don't bother going unless you like to be given dirty looks by the staff & treated like you don't exist.

Pros: near other better restaurants

Cons: rude staff

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The food here is overall very good ( have been there for brunch numerous times), but it's THE spot if you love warm artichoke dip. The 2nd runner-up is the wild boar terrine. The atmosphere transports you to another place and time.

4
★★★★☆

The food here is overall very good ( have been there for brunch numerous times), but it's THE spot if you love warm artichoke dip. The 2nd runner-up is the wild boar terrine. The atmosphere transports you to another place and time.

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Loved this place. It looks like you're walking into a little French restaurant. You walk in, and forget the fact you're in NYC. Everything from our appetizer, entree to our wine was spectacular.
I will definitely be back!!

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★★★★★

Loved this place. It looks like you're walking into a little French restaurant. You walk in, and forget the fact you're in NYC. Everything from our appetizer, entree to our wine was spectacular.
I will definitely be back!!

Pros: Food was amazing, Cozy atmosphere

Cons: could be hard to find unless you're with a "local"

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I've been eating at Freemans for over a year now. Given it praises to most of my friends, who became regualrs themselves; until tonight. My friend and I walked into the restaurant around 8pm. The Hostess, who I never saw before, immediately tells us that the list is closed for the night and gestures that we can use the table in the corner which had no seats.

A couple comes in less that 3 minutes after us, requesting a table for two. I overheard the same hostess tell them that she'll work something out and takes their names down for a table. After pointing out what I observed to the women her only RUDE response was "you could check back in 30 minutes."

I'm going to put this in here. My friend and I are African American, the couple that requested the table after us, were white. Unfortunately I've been in this situation before, where my business wasn't accepted because of my race. but I've never experienced it so blatantly in one of my favorite neighborhoods.
Freemans has lost of its best customers and her friends because of this.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been eating at Freemans for over a year now. Given it praises to most of my friends, who became regualrs themselves; until tonight. My friend and I walked into the restaurant around 8pm. The Hostess, who I never saw before, immediately tells us that the list is closed for the night and gestures that we can use the table in the corner which had no seats.

A couple comes in less that 3 minutes after us, requesting a table for two. I overheard the same hostess tell them that she'll work something out and takes their names down for a table. After pointing out what I observed to the women her only RUDE response was "you could check back in 30 minutes."

I'm going to put this in here. My friend and I are African American, the couple that requested the table after us, were white. Unfortunately I've been in this situation before, where my business wasn't accepted because of my race. but I've never experienced it so blatantly in one of my favorite neighborhoods.
Freemans has lost of its best customers and her friends because of this.

Pros: The Food

Cons: The Hostess, The Waiting

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We were taken here last night by friends and had a great time. Yes, we waited close to an hour and the noise level is high, but it's a fun place to go. Definitely an experience. The unique location and decor is a must see, if you can find it. The food was very good. I can only speak for the sea bass, friend chicken, spareribs and lamb chops. Everything was great. No complaints at all about service or food. It may not be up to the standards of some, but it's definitely worth the fair prices they charge. There's a reason this place is crowded. We are in our 50's and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Worthy of the hype!

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★★★★★

We were taken here last night by friends and had a great time. Yes, we waited close to an hour and the noise level is high, but it's a fun place to go. Definitely an experience. The unique location and decor is a must see, if you can find it. The food was very good. I can only speak for the sea bass, friend chicken, spareribs and lamb chops. Everything was great. No complaints at all about service or food. It may not be up to the standards of some, but it's definitely worth the fair prices they charge. There's a reason this place is crowded. We are in our 50's and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Worthy of the hype!

Pros: great and unique setting, great comfort food

Cons: long wait

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I went to Freemans with my husband recently and the experience was no less than INCREDIBLE! We had to wait about 40 minutes for our table, and the space was a little tight b/c of so many others waiting, but the staff worked it and really made us all comfortable. The host was very nice and the bartender was one of the best I've had in NY. His wine presentation was impeccable and his skills on classic cocktail making were impressive. Pleasant personality. Once seated our waiter, albeit extremely busy, acknowledged us and promptly took our order. The artichoke dip is the best I've ever had, served with plenty of warm sliced bread. Enough for 2-4 people. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection and the mashed potatoes served as a side dish were heaven. The decor is so warm and inviting that you would swear you were in a hunting lodge in the Swiss Alps. I can't wait to dine here again...and again...and again!
Tina Rappaport

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★★★★★

I went to Freemans with my husband recently and the experience was no less than INCREDIBLE! We had to wait about 40 minutes for our table, and the space was a little tight b/c of so many others waiting, but the staff worked it and really made us all comfortable. The host was very nice and the bartender was one of the best I've had in NY. His wine presentation was impeccable and his skills on classic cocktail making were impressive. Pleasant personality. Once seated our waiter, albeit extremely busy, acknowledged us and promptly took our order. The artichoke dip is the best I've ever had, served with plenty of warm sliced bread. Enough for 2-4 people. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection and the mashed potatoes served as a side dish were heaven. The decor is so warm and inviting that you would swear you were in a hunting lodge in the Swiss Alps. I can't wait to dine here again...and again...and again!
Tina Rappaport

Pros: Pleasant Staff, Amazing Hearty Food, Warm Comfy Atmosphere

Cons: Small space

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The 90 minute wait was well worth it. I'd do it again in a heatbeat. The boar starter and steak main course were amazing. The wine was very resonable and quite good.
The desserts looked wonderful as well - I will have to save room to try one next time - and there will be a next time!
Check out the lovely little German pub accross the street for a drink or light starter while you wait.

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★★★★★

The 90 minute wait was well worth it. I'd do it again in a heatbeat. The boar starter and steak main course were amazing. The wine was very resonable and quite good.
The desserts looked wonderful as well - I will have to save room to try one next time - and there will be a next time!
Check out the lovely little German pub accross the street for a drink or light starter while you wait.

Pros: delicious!

Cons: long wait, but hostess gives quite accurate estimate of wait time

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So cute and hard to find. But when I asked for a bloody Mary, I was told that they were "Out of the mix" and I couldn't have one. Hello? When I did order another cocktail off of the impressive list, it took f o r e v e r to get it and there were only 3 people at the bar. The food was fine...nothing impressive. But it was a nice place inside, quirky and pretty. My waitress was sweet and the wine list was good.

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★★★☆☆

So cute and hard to find. But when I asked for a bloody Mary, I was told that they were "Out of the mix" and I couldn't have one. Hello? When I did order another cocktail off of the impressive list, it took f o r e v e r to get it and there were only 3 people at the bar. The food was fine...nothing impressive. But it was a nice place inside, quirky and pretty. My waitress was sweet and the wine list was good.

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I used to be at Freemans frequently, and enjoyed the good food (the crowd used to be somewhat creative looking but not overly pretentious). However, I was there on Sunday again and it was a very bad experience. I was greeted by a snooty as hell guy at the door; he acted like he was doing me a favor by taking my name. Since we had to wait for a while I had enough time to take a look at the crowd, most of them where very pretentious and boosted an ego like they where all on coke. The food was also nothing special at all, average at best. There are better places, with a better crowd around so just don't bother going to Freemans.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to be at Freemans frequently, and enjoyed the good food (the crowd used to be somewhat creative looking but not overly pretentious). However, I was there on Sunday again and it was a very bad experience. I was greeted by a snooty as hell guy at the door; he acted like he was doing me a favor by taking my name. Since we had to wait for a while I had enough time to take a look at the crowd, most of them where very pretentious and boosted an ego like they where all on coke. The food was also nothing special at all, average at best. There are better places, with a better crowd around so just don't bother going to Freemans.

Pros: nope

Cons: snooty service, pretentious crowd

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Tried to go to Freeman's Thursday night. Called ahead to see if I could make a reservation for that night. Was told only for parties over 6 but just show up and there should be no problem getting a table when they open. So, I show up at 6 with a group of friends and they are closed for a private party. I go inside and politley ask the host why they wouldn't have mentioned that the other night on the phone and I was told, "sorry sir, we'll cancel the party so we can seat your party of 4!" and he walked away. I realize that trendy new restaurants in the city can treat their customers like garbage. I've read the negative service reviews of this place before but didn't believe it. I hear the food was good and I'm used to mediocre/slightly rude service at certain restaurants, but I was blown away at this. I wasn't looking for anything free, maybe just a small apology and a suggestion to come some other night. Instead, I'm treated with a smart remark and left to stand there flabbergasted. The food may be great, but they won't get any of my money. And in 2 years when the fad has worn off of this alley restaurant , they'll wish they would have treated their customers with a little less attitude.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tried to go to Freeman's Thursday night. Called ahead to see if I could make a reservation for that night. Was told only for parties over 6 but just show up and there should be no problem getting a table when they open. So, I show up at 6 with a group of friends and they are closed for a private party. I go inside and politley ask the host why they wouldn't have mentioned that the other night on the phone and I was told, "sorry sir, we'll cancel the party so we can seat your party of 4!" and he walked away. I realize that trendy new restaurants in the city can treat their customers like garbage. I've read the negative service reviews of this place before but didn't believe it. I hear the food was good and I'm used to mediocre/slightly rude service at certain restaurants, but I was blown away at this. I wasn't looking for anything free, maybe just a small apology and a suggestion to come some other night. Instead, I'm treated with a smart remark and left to stand there flabbergasted. The food may be great, but they won't get any of my money. And in 2 years when the fad has worn off of this alley restaurant , they'll wish they would have treated their customers with a little less attitude.

Pros: hear the food is great, nice cozy setting

Cons: Unbelievably RUDE service

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Our group of four decided to do brunch this Sat when the restaurant opened at 11- we were seated right away, despite all the warnings about long waits. The place is really something to behold- lots of creatures to grab your attention in every nook and cranny- am I really in NYC or Maine? We ordered the skillet eggs with spinach and bacon, the poached egg with tomato and grits, and the beef brisket hash. The poached eggs and grits were bland, but the other two dishes were great. We plan to come back for dinner at some point. The service was also very good. When you walk back through the alleyway, you should also check out the old fashioned barbershop / men's store - the hunting lodge decor seems to have migrated there as well.

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★★★★☆

Our group of four decided to do brunch this Sat when the restaurant opened at 11- we were seated right away, despite all the warnings about long waits. The place is really something to behold- lots of creatures to grab your attention in every nook and cranny- am I really in NYC or Maine? We ordered the skillet eggs with spinach and bacon, the poached egg with tomato and grits, and the beef brisket hash. The poached eggs and grits were bland, but the other two dishes were great. We plan to come back for dinner at some point. The service was also very good. When you walk back through the alleyway, you should also check out the old fashioned barbershop / men's store - the hunting lodge decor seems to have migrated there as well.

Pros: Quirky atmosphere, place is much larger than it seems

Cons: Food could be less pricey for what you get

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Don't bother with this out-of-the way joint. They don't take reservations for parties smaller than six -- unless you're on some special list. I arrived with a friend on a weekday evening and was told to wait an hour -- while tables for two sat vacant. When I asked why, they said they were "reserved." But if you ever call for a reservation for two you will be denied. I should stress that I am not some sort of weirdo whom a restaurant would not want to seat -- I'm a civilized Manhattanite, working in a creative field, casually well dressed, and in good shape. I'm just not on the hipster preferred list. As for having a drink, you have to fight your way through a noisy crowd to reach a grungy bar decorated with stuffed birds right of the movie Psycho. Yogi Berra supposedly once said, "No one goes there anymore, it's too crowded." Not a bad description of this place. No one intelligent would go here. Note: Lots of other places on the LES also don't take reservations, but they're not as snotty as this place and they're closer together so you can explore your options. This place is a pain.

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★☆☆☆☆

Don't bother with this out-of-the way joint. They don't take reservations for parties smaller than six -- unless you're on some special list. I arrived with a friend on a weekday evening and was told to wait an hour -- while tables for two sat vacant. When I asked why, they said they were "reserved." But if you ever call for a reservation for two you will be denied. I should stress that I am not some sort of weirdo whom a restaurant would not want to seat -- I'm a civilized Manhattanite, working in a creative field, casually well dressed, and in good shape. I'm just not on the hipster preferred list. As for having a drink, you have to fight your way through a noisy crowd to reach a grungy bar decorated with stuffed birds right of the movie Psycho. Yogi Berra supposedly once said, "No one goes there anymore, it's too crowded." Not a bad description of this place. No one intelligent would go here. Note: Lots of other places on the LES also don't take reservations, but they're not as snotty as this place and they're closer together so you can explore your options. This place is a pain.

Pros: Good if you like crowds, noise, taxidermy and long waits

Cons: Bad for drinking or dining

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I have been to Freemans about 4 times over the last few years and although I really like the food and the, unique space and atmosphere, I would never go back on Saturday night. It's a total hipster mob scene. If you go be prepared to wait much longer than what the host tells you. There were three of us and around 7:30pm he told us the wait was about an hour. Ok, fine. When we checked back he told us that there was still one party of three ahead of us and it was looking like another 30 minutes. Total LIE! In the end we were seated close to 9:45 pm. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that we tolerated the wait. But I will say that the artichoke dip was delicious (although we were so hungry that we were ready to eat the wood-logger flannel shirt off the back of the seating host). The spinach salad with bacon, egg, and pine nuts, along with the pork dish were extremely yummy. However, the steak was over cooked and a bit of a disappointment. The menu is reasonably priced and it?s not hard to see why Freemans is so popular. Skip the weekend and head there on a Monday or Tuesday.

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★★★★☆

I have been to Freemans about 4 times over the last few years and although I really like the food and the, unique space and atmosphere, I would never go back on Saturday night. It's a total hipster mob scene. If you go be prepared to wait much longer than what the host tells you. There were three of us and around 7:30pm he told us the wait was about an hour. Ok, fine. When we checked back he told us that there was still one party of three ahead of us and it was looking like another 30 minutes. Total LIE! In the end we were seated close to 9:45 pm. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that we tolerated the wait. But I will say that the artichoke dip was delicious (although we were so hungry that we were ready to eat the wood-logger flannel shirt off the back of the seating host). The spinach salad with bacon, egg, and pine nuts, along with the pork dish were extremely yummy. However, the steak was over cooked and a bit of a disappointment. The menu is reasonably priced and it?s not hard to see why Freemans is so popular. Skip the weekend and head there on a Monday or Tuesday.

Pros: cool space, reasonably priced comfort food menu, good cocktails

Cons: long wait, unfriendly bartenders

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the wait for a table at brunch is looong. i would have never done it if it weren't for my friend's insistence. we ended up having to sit at the bar after waiting an hour or so, but it wasn't unpleasant or crowded. it felt surprisingly mellow in the restaurant for how long the wait was. the restaurant has a nice ambiance, despite the strange hip and ironic hunter theme. it's awesome for people-watching. i forgot how much of a scene brunch can be, x1000 in the lower east side! so many hip outfits and intentionally scruffy-hip boys. it was entertaining to observe though as we ate really delicious and solid food. yummy eggs!!! and coffee was strong and good!!! i'd come back.

2
★★★★★

the wait for a table at brunch is looong. i would have never done it if it weren't for my friend's insistence. we ended up having to sit at the bar after waiting an hour or so, but it wasn't unpleasant or crowded. it felt surprisingly mellow in the restaurant for how long the wait was. the restaurant has a nice ambiance, despite the strange hip and ironic hunter theme. it's awesome for people-watching. i forgot how much of a scene brunch can be, x1000 in the lower east side! so many hip outfits and intentionally scruffy-hip boys. it was entertaining to observe though as we ate really delicious and solid food. yummy eggs!!! and coffee was strong and good!!! i'd come back.

Pros: people watching, great food, fun atmosphere, friendly bartender

Cons: the wait, a little pricey

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I haven't been surprised by a place in a while and this place did it. If you go with a date don't be rude and get distracted by the model types everywhere. Freeman's has the perfect combination of lower east side swagger and country ruggedness; throw in a gorgeous crowd and you have the recipe for success. Now all you need is good management right? I guess they're still trying to sort that essential piece out. After waiting two and half hours because of some confusion, we were finally seated.. ohh i forgot to mention that the place is filled with taxidermy, nice touch! The food was great (artichoke dip is a must), the server was great and the wine was great (the cabernet was pricey but good). All and all you end your meal satisfied and you forget the long wait, unless you're the bitter type. Then the bill arrives and it just adds to the satisfaction (great prices). FYI park on forsyth st, back into one of those spots and walk across the park and while waiting there's a bar in the back room all the way to the right. Try to get a spot there and plant yourself cause it could get quite uncomfortable waiting (pay no mind to the attitude of the host).

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★★★★★

I haven't been surprised by a place in a while and this place did it. If you go with a date don't be rude and get distracted by the model types everywhere. Freeman's has the perfect combination of lower east side swagger and country ruggedness; throw in a gorgeous crowd and you have the recipe for success. Now all you need is good management right? I guess they're still trying to sort that essential piece out. After waiting two and half hours because of some confusion, we were finally seated.. ohh i forgot to mention that the place is filled with taxidermy, nice touch! The food was great (artichoke dip is a must), the server was great and the wine was great (the cabernet was pricey but good). All and all you end your meal satisfied and you forget the long wait, unless you're the bitter type. Then the bill arrives and it just adds to the satisfaction (great prices). FYI park on forsyth st, back into one of those spots and walk across the park and while waiting there's a bar in the back room all the way to the right. Try to get a spot there and plant yourself cause it could get quite uncomfortable waiting (pay no mind to the attitude of the host).

Pros: Ambience and Food

Cons: Management and Host

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great drinks, artsy atmosphere, nice fro groups and cuples/friends. Did not have food, so can't advise. Great decoration...but if you are freaked out about momifided animals, don't step in!

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★★★☆☆

great drinks, artsy atmosphere, nice fro groups and cuples/friends. Did not have food, so can't advise. Great decoration...but if you are freaked out about momifided animals, don't step in!

Pros: great service

Cons: odd location

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Once up on a time it was a great little place in an alley in NYC. The service was friendly, the food amazing and the crowed interesting and unpretentious. Now, go if you want to hang with B&T or have a wanne be model spill his drink over your food. Better yet, feel like meeting the worst restaurant manager in NYC, this is your place.! Never in my life have I seen such poor management skills. Not going in to details, the waitress was so scared not getting her tip from my table she had to have an argument with the manager before giving our table the bill. Food is still amazing but the poor management skills and crowed just make the whole experience horrible. Try to avoid this once terrific place turned in to a cash cow at all cost.

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★☆☆☆☆

Once up on a time it was a great little place in an alley in NYC. The service was friendly, the food amazing and the crowed interesting and unpretentious. Now, go if you want to hang with B&T or have a wanne be model spill his drink over your food. Better yet, feel like meeting the worst restaurant manager in NYC, this is your place.! Never in my life have I seen such poor management skills. Not going in to details, the waitress was so scared not getting her tip from my table she had to have an argument with the manager before giving our table the bill. Food is still amazing but the poor management skills and crowed just make the whole experience horrible. Try to avoid this once terrific place turned in to a cash cow at all cost.

Pros: Food

Cons: Management

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Stucco peeling off the walls, stuffed animal heads, a drink list and changing menu that's all-round awesome value for an incredible gourmet experience.

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★★★★★

Stucco peeling off the walls, stuffed animal heads, a drink list and changing menu that's all-round awesome value for an incredible gourmet experience.

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I've been here a couple of times, twice for Brunch and once for dinner. Love the warm, comfy atmosphere, wooden furniture, and, forest cabin feel. The wait staff are friendly and attentive (sometimes a little busy). Definitely go for brunch, the food's delicious. Most recently, I was there with a group of four and we all polished our plates clean. The only drawback is the wait which could be around 45minutes depending on when you go. But I plan to go again - yum!

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★★★★☆

I've been here a couple of times, twice for Brunch and once for dinner. Love the warm, comfy atmosphere, wooden furniture, and, forest cabin feel. The wait staff are friendly and attentive (sometimes a little busy). Definitely go for brunch, the food's delicious. Most recently, I was there with a group of four and we all polished our plates clean. The only drawback is the wait which could be around 45minutes depending on when you go. But I plan to go again - yum!

Pros: None

Cons: Long wait

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I've been to Freemans a few times. I've enjoyed myself on most of the occasions I?ve had dinner there but did suffer a disaster on my last visit.

The good: Its in a great location (what could be more charming than the end of an alley in the lower east side?) with a cosey decor (taxidermy-tastic!) and the food is good, affordable, and fits the setting.

The bad: The wait.

My last visit the problem wasn?t the wait by itself (they have a couple nice bars to wait at) but the frustrating: "It'll be about 45 minutes for a table", never hearing any updates, trying to find out what?s going on - "oh you'll be next" - until you leave after an hour and a half type of wait.

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★★★☆☆

I've been to Freemans a few times. I've enjoyed myself on most of the occasions I?ve had dinner there but did suffer a disaster on my last visit.

The good: Its in a great location (what could be more charming than the end of an alley in the lower east side?) with a cosey decor (taxidermy-tastic!) and the food is good, affordable, and fits the setting.

The bad: The wait.

My last visit the problem wasn?t the wait by itself (they have a couple nice bars to wait at) but the frustrating: "It'll be about 45 minutes for a table", never hearing any updates, trying to find out what?s going on - "oh you'll be next" - until you leave after an hour and a half type of wait.

Pros: Location, Ambience

Cons: Waiting, Service

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I visited on a Sunday night at 6PM sharp, just as the restaurant was opening. I had enjoyed fantastic German sausages and schnitzel across the street at Loreley and was only looking to grab a drink (or two). I had read about owner/chef William Tigert extensively on blogs and in New York/NYT, and all stories praised his creative cocktail menu. So I was pretty excited about the trip. Unfortunately, both the service and cocktails were subpar.

After waiting for 5 minutes my group of three found room at the comfortable bar in the back (I?m really feeling the brushed aluminum). My crew ordered Bulleit rocks and Stella, leaving me to explore the cocktail menu. My first choice was a Manhattan (rye, bitters, orange pulp, vermouth, applejack), with the applejack being the wild card ingredient. I couldn?t taste the applejack at all, which was annoying. But the cocktail overall wasn?t that bad. The second drink was better (scotch, cherry brandy, muddled cherries, orange) but it still didn?t knock me out.

And honestly, I would have been cool with overrated drinks at a comfortable bar with interesting music and a fun crowd. But the woman working the bar was simply bizarre. She simply did not know how to make the drinks (as she admitted twice, once for each drink). I guess she thought she was being cute with the ?gosh, this is the only drink I don?t know how to make? routine. Yeah, not really. But my criticism is not simply based on the bartender?s lack of knowledge. She simply was arrogant, bitching about a party ?ordering mojitos in January? and rolling her eyes about filling about fellow patron?s wine. Weird that she would reveal such anger about fellow diners. Maybe she felt comfortable around us. Maybe our douchebag quotient was lower than the average Freeman?s patron. No idea, but it just wasn?t working for her.

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★★★☆☆

I visited on a Sunday night at 6PM sharp, just as the restaurant was opening. I had enjoyed fantastic German sausages and schnitzel across the street at Loreley and was only looking to grab a drink (or two). I had read about owner/chef William Tigert extensively on blogs and in New York/NYT, and all stories praised his creative cocktail menu. So I was pretty excited about the trip. Unfortunately, both the service and cocktails were subpar.

After waiting for 5 minutes my group of three found room at the comfortable bar in the back (I?m really feeling the brushed aluminum). My crew ordered Bulleit rocks and Stella, leaving me to explore the cocktail menu. My first choice was a Manhattan (rye, bitters, orange pulp, vermouth, applejack), with the applejack being the wild card ingredient. I couldn?t taste the applejack at all, which was annoying. But the cocktail overall wasn?t that bad. The second drink was better (scotch, cherry brandy, muddled cherries, orange) but it still didn?t knock me out.

And honestly, I would have been cool with overrated drinks at a comfortable bar with interesting music and a fun crowd. But the woman working the bar was simply bizarre. She simply did not know how to make the drinks (as she admitted twice, once for each drink). I guess she thought she was being cute with the ?gosh, this is the only drink I don?t know how to make? routine. Yeah, not really. But my criticism is not simply based on the bartender?s lack of knowledge. She simply was arrogant, bitching about a party ?ordering mojitos in January? and rolling her eyes about filling about fellow patron?s wine. Weird that she would reveal such anger about fellow diners. Maybe she felt comfortable around us. Maybe our douchebag quotient was lower than the average Freeman?s patron. No idea, but it just wasn?t working for her.

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Had been wanting to go for a while, having heard good things and that it was worth the two hour wait for a table. I was told an hour and a half to two hours when I put my name in at 7:30 - we were not seated until after 11. You do the math... What made it bearable was drinking at the bar for a few hours and embracing our predicament. By the time we finally sat down I was pretty drunk and I think anything would have tasted amazing but I have to say - the food was pretty great - and the atmosphere is great as well. I would just reccommend going on a week night or having a reservation (parties of 6 or more only) so that the wait time is a little less.

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★★★★☆

Had been wanting to go for a while, having heard good things and that it was worth the two hour wait for a table. I was told an hour and a half to two hours when I put my name in at 7:30 - we were not seated until after 11. You do the math... What made it bearable was drinking at the bar for a few hours and embracing our predicament. By the time we finally sat down I was pretty drunk and I think anything would have tasted amazing but I have to say - the food was pretty great - and the atmosphere is great as well. I would just reccommend going on a week night or having a reservation (parties of 6 or more only) so that the wait time is a little less.

Pros: atmosphere, food, service

Cons: crowded bar, loooong wait

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I got to the place around 8:30 on a Saturday and still had to wait for a table at the bar for over 2 hours (would have left but a friend really wanted to try the place). The wait would have been fine except when a table became available and I asked for the bar bill, there were about four extra drinks on it. That also would have been fine, but the bartender initially refused to accept that the bill was wrong even when my friend who was holding a Vodka pointed out that the bill had to be wrong because there wasn't a Vodka on it. Eventually, the managers stepped in and changed the tab, but they still made us check off each of our drinks on the bill. The fact that no one appologized suggests to me that this place definately pads tabs frequently. The food wasn't bad, but not worth the price or the wait.

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★☆☆☆☆

I got to the place around 8:30 on a Saturday and still had to wait for a table at the bar for over 2 hours (would have left but a friend really wanted to try the place). The wait would have been fine except when a table became available and I asked for the bar bill, there were about four extra drinks on it. That also would have been fine, but the bartender initially refused to accept that the bill was wrong even when my friend who was holding a Vodka pointed out that the bill had to be wrong because there wasn't a Vodka on it. Eventually, the managers stepped in and changed the tab, but they still made us check off each of our drinks on the bill. The fact that no one appologized suggests to me that this place definately pads tabs frequently. The food wasn't bad, but not worth the price or the wait.

Pros: Cool location

Cons: Awful service...bartenders pad bills

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I visited there for dinner on Sunday 10/22. First the good: the location is so charming, you feel like you've been let in on a fab secret. The inside decor definitely has character. It looks comfortable and worn in without being the least bit contrived. The food arrived in a timely fashion, which was refreshing after the WAIT! Which brings me to the bad. We arrived at about 7:30 on a Sunday evening and were told the wait would be 1 hour. The wait turned out to be 1 hour and 25min, and not once did the host come to us to give us an update. We had to go up to him 3 times and each time were told something a long the lines of "It's coming along" and then "Getting closer"; WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! And then as we were leaving he didn't even look up to say thank you or to wish us a good evening! I'm glad I tried it once, but I most likely will not be going back.

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★★★☆☆

I visited there for dinner on Sunday 10/22. First the good: the location is so charming, you feel like you've been let in on a fab secret. The inside decor definitely has character. It looks comfortable and worn in without being the least bit contrived. The food arrived in a timely fashion, which was refreshing after the WAIT! Which brings me to the bad. We arrived at about 7:30 on a Sunday evening and were told the wait would be 1 hour. The wait turned out to be 1 hour and 25min, and not once did the host come to us to give us an update. We had to go up to him 3 times and each time were told something a long the lines of "It's coming along" and then "Getting closer"; WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! And then as we were leaving he didn't even look up to say thank you or to wish us a good evening! I'm glad I tried it once, but I most likely will not be going back.

Pros: Food, Location

Cons: Long wait; rude host; tight seating

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I went here for brunch and loved the atmosphere and down-an-alley location. The food was all pretty good (lots of delicious options on the menu) although my toast was overtoasted and inedible. It's a great brunch spot, but the prices should just be a tad bit lower for the amount/quality of the food they give you. Everything was good, it just wasn't generous or surprisingly good. A bread basket for the table or something like that would have been nice.

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★★★★☆

I went here for brunch and loved the atmosphere and down-an-alley location. The food was all pretty good (lots of delicious options on the menu) although my toast was overtoasted and inedible. It's a great brunch spot, but the prices should just be a tad bit lower for the amount/quality of the food they give you. Everything was good, it just wasn't generous or surprisingly good. A bread basket for the table or something like that would have been nice.

Pros: fun location, great atmosphere for brunch

Cons: just what you pay for, nothing more

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I went to Freemans on a friday. It was raining pretty hard so I figured I would have a better chance of being seated. I was a little too late the night was in full swing and the wait for 3 was pretty long! I was lucky enough to learn that they recently expanded and that there was a larger back bar where I could wait and order a snack. I ordered the artichoke dip of course! Everyone who told me to go had insisted. YUMMMM. so simple yet addictive. The young braided haired bartender was surprisingly knowledgeable. We chatted about spirits and classics and although she was very busy (we watched her fly around the bar) she would always let us know that she was preparing a "special cocktail" just for us based on our 1st choices from the list. we ended up ordering another dip and eating at the bar. I would love to go again but maybe earlier in the week to sit down at a table.

2
★★★★★

I went to Freemans on a friday. It was raining pretty hard so I figured I would have a better chance of being seated. I was a little too late the night was in full swing and the wait for 3 was pretty long! I was lucky enough to learn that they recently expanded and that there was a larger back bar where I could wait and order a snack. I ordered the artichoke dip of course! Everyone who told me to go had insisted. YUMMMM. so simple yet addictive. The young braided haired bartender was surprisingly knowledgeable. We chatted about spirits and classics and although she was very busy (we watched her fly around the bar) she would always let us know that she was preparing a "special cocktail" just for us based on our 1st choices from the list. we ended up ordering another dip and eating at the bar. I would love to go again but maybe earlier in the week to sit down at a table.

Pros: great enviironment great bar

Cons: too many people know about it

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A friend of mine recently had dinner at Freeman's, and a huge vase of sunflowers that was precariously perched on a mantel fell on her head, dousing her and the table of food with water and more or less ruining the entire evening. Instead of offering to pay for dry cleaning, call her a cab or comp the group's dinner, they comp'ed her dinner only and made the excuse of not offering more since they were family owned and operated. Meanwhile, this place is a scene with waits of more than an hour and various celebrities of the likes of Amber Valetta dining there. It's a shame that Freeman's falls back to petty excuses instead of making good with clientele.

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★☆☆☆☆

A friend of mine recently had dinner at Freeman's, and a huge vase of sunflowers that was precariously perched on a mantel fell on her head, dousing her and the table of food with water and more or less ruining the entire evening. Instead of offering to pay for dry cleaning, call her a cab or comp the group's dinner, they comp'ed her dinner only and made the excuse of not offering more since they were family owned and operated. Meanwhile, this place is a scene with waits of more than an hour and various celebrities of the likes of Amber Valetta dining there. It's a shame that Freeman's falls back to petty excuses instead of making good with clientele.

Pros: If you like getting doused by water when eating, enjoy!

Cons: Poor customer service, falling vases

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I live in the neighborhood and go to Freemans at least twice a week for either dinner or brunch. If youre looking to go out to a fun, vibrant restaurant that reminds you that youre living in New York City, go to Freemans. The space and location are amazing, the service is friendly, the food crave worthy, and the prices are cheap. I especially love the ribs and corn salad. They are perfect summer food. Also, ask the bartender for the secret cocktails that are not on the drink menu. I love the southside (gin, mint, cucumber!).

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★★★★★

I live in the neighborhood and go to Freemans at least twice a week for either dinner or brunch. If youre looking to go out to a fun, vibrant restaurant that reminds you that youre living in New York City, go to Freemans. The space and location are amazing, the service is friendly, the food crave worthy, and the prices are cheap. I especially love the ribs and corn salad. They are perfect summer food. Also, ask the bartender for the secret cocktails that are not on the drink menu. I love the southside (gin, mint, cucumber!).

Pros: cheap, good food, great space

Cons: crowded

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I heard great reviews about Freemans Restaurant so I (and 3 friends) went in with high expectations. Lets just say we weren't let down. The food was amazing (def recommend to cheddar cheese toasts!!) and the service was great. I can't wait to go again!!!!

2
★★★★★

I heard great reviews about Freemans Restaurant so I (and 3 friends) went in with high expectations. Lets just say we weren't let down. The food was amazing (def recommend to cheddar cheese toasts!!) and the service was great. I can't wait to go again!!!!

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... is to die for!!! no joke. one of the yummiest desserts i've had in the city. if only it could be crisp all around... but the rhubard filling itself was very tangy and flavorful. the restaurant overall is great for groups, unique ambience, pretty hip. try the Dark and Stormy cocktail - ginger beer and dark run, refreshing and excellent. Easier now to get seated due to the expansion but still like the original area better.

2
★★★★★

... is to die for!!! no joke. one of the yummiest desserts i've had in the city. if only it could be crisp all around... but the rhubard filling itself was very tangy and flavorful. the restaurant overall is great for groups, unique ambience, pretty hip. try the Dark and Stormy cocktail - ginger beer and dark run, refreshing and excellent. Easier now to get seated due to the expansion but still like the original area better.

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We arrived on Tuesday (party of 2) at 6:55 sharp and the place was empty, with just a few people sitting at the bar. By 7:05 it was packed. If you do what we did, you'll get a table. If you try for an 8:00 table, forget it. The place is interesting. The crowd is from trendy to normal to celebs...pretty young crowd. Anna Sui was sitting to my left. The food was great. We had baked oysters (good), prunes wrapped in bacon and grilled (very good) and the artichoke dip (very good) and I had a filet mignon with mashed potatoes (good but could've been more flavorful). Overall, a very pleasant experience, although cramped and crowded. It's quirky and cute. Interesting location at the end of a non-descript alley. I say go for it. But get there at 6:55 p.m. They don't take reservations for parties less than 6.

2
★★★★☆

We arrived on Tuesday (party of 2) at 6:55 sharp and the place was empty, with just a few people sitting at the bar. By 7:05 it was packed. If you do what we did, you'll get a table. If you try for an 8:00 table, forget it. The place is interesting. The crowd is from trendy to normal to celebs...pretty young crowd. Anna Sui was sitting to my left. The food was great. We had baked oysters (good), prunes wrapped in bacon and grilled (very good) and the artichoke dip (very good) and I had a filet mignon with mashed potatoes (good but could've been more flavorful). Overall, a very pleasant experience, although cramped and crowded. It's quirky and cute. Interesting location at the end of a non-descript alley. I say go for it. But get there at 6:55 p.m. They don't take reservations for parties less than 6.

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Not only do they enforce a Pre Fix menu at $60 a head for parties of 9+, but they do NOT inform you of extra surcharges for certain entree selections. The portions were generous, but the quality of food was not outstanding. I've had a better filet mignon at Outback. Not to mention, the cook apparently cannot tell the difference between a steak that is medium-rare and medium-well. No one from our table got their filet the way they ordered it. And I'm sorry but for a bill of over a $1000, they should cook my steak EXACTLY how I requested. I am never a complainer but this experience called for a bad review. Trendy, they say? I think not. More like eating in my grandfather's den with all of his hunting trophies hovering over me while I try to enjoy my over priced and over cooked steak.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not only do they enforce a Pre Fix menu at $60 a head for parties of 9+, but they do NOT inform you of extra surcharges for certain entree selections. The portions were generous, but the quality of food was not outstanding. I've had a better filet mignon at Outback. Not to mention, the cook apparently cannot tell the difference between a steak that is medium-rare and medium-well. No one from our table got their filet the way they ordered it. And I'm sorry but for a bill of over a $1000, they should cook my steak EXACTLY how I requested. I am never a complainer but this experience called for a bad review. Trendy, they say? I think not. More like eating in my grandfather's den with all of his hunting trophies hovering over me while I try to enjoy my over priced and over cooked steak.

Pros: generous portions, good appetizers, large wine selection

Cons: over crowded, over priced, mediocre food quality

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You think you've lived here long enough and know pretty much all there is to know about NYC until someone shatters that by mentioning Freeman's to you and you arrive and you see it packed w/ all the happening NYers and feel so left out. This place almost felt like a movie set, as it couldn't have been better laid out for a cool, quaint, hidden NYC gem. It's hip comfort food if that makes sense, it's quite alright and the portions are huge so don't over order. The artichoke heart dip shouldn't be missed. But this whole place is about ambience and it's as good as it gets. Feels like you are in London at Freeman's.

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★★★★★

You think you've lived here long enough and know pretty much all there is to know about NYC until someone shatters that by mentioning Freeman's to you and you arrive and you see it packed w/ all the happening NYers and feel so left out. This place almost felt like a movie set, as it couldn't have been better laid out for a cool, quaint, hidden NYC gem. It's hip comfort food if that makes sense, it's quite alright and the portions are huge so don't over order. The artichoke heart dip shouldn't be missed. But this whole place is about ambience and it's as good as it gets. Feels like you are in London at Freeman's.

Pros: Quaint, No Reservations, Ambience

Cons: No Reservations

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I've been away for most of the summer and Ive been craving to go back to Freemans. Even though I'd been away, the host remembered me and welcomed me back. The wait, which can be long, was surprisingly short. We were told because we had arrived before the rush. While we waited, we tried a pisco and egg cocktail which was amazing! Ive never had a drink like it before. Once seated, we started with the meat pie and the reason for my return, the artichoke dip. Both were simple, fresh and unfussy. We then had the steak, chicken with succotash and a side of mac and cheese (so good) which were all amazing. I really love the casual friendly vibe and food of this place. Im going to be returning to Freemans more often now and will gladly become a regular.

2
★★★★★

I've been away for most of the summer and Ive been craving to go back to Freemans. Even though I'd been away, the host remembered me and welcomed me back. The wait, which can be long, was surprisingly short. We were told because we had arrived before the rush. While we waited, we tried a pisco and egg cocktail which was amazing! Ive never had a drink like it before. Once seated, we started with the meat pie and the reason for my return, the artichoke dip. Both were simple, fresh and unfussy. We then had the steak, chicken with succotash and a side of mac and cheese (so good) which were all amazing. I really love the casual friendly vibe and food of this place. Im going to be returning to Freemans more often now and will gladly become a regular.

Pros: price, food, decor

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Although some people think freeman's is a place for the owner to cater to friends, I've never had that experience. During my first meal there (shortly after opening), the owner/staff introduced themselves and very welcoming. Drinks are great; food is wonderfully indulgent/affordable. Although waits can be a little long, the bar is big enough to have many people comfortably wait while sipping interesting wines and cocktails. Also, being nice/patient goes a long way; staff will more often than not remember you if you're not pushy. In a city where everyone is fighting to be in front, freeman's allows diners (if ready to turn off the competitive factor) to calm down and enjoy great food/conversation. It's worth the wait - plus if you don't want extra time and a fun place to chat with your date - then you shouldn't be going to dinner together. Go there; you won't regret it.

2
★★★★★

Although some people think freeman's is a place for the owner to cater to friends, I've never had that experience. During my first meal there (shortly after opening), the owner/staff introduced themselves and very welcoming. Drinks are great; food is wonderfully indulgent/affordable. Although waits can be a little long, the bar is big enough to have many people comfortably wait while sipping interesting wines and cocktails. Also, being nice/patient goes a long way; staff will more often than not remember you if you're not pushy. In a city where everyone is fighting to be in front, freeman's allows diners (if ready to turn off the competitive factor) to calm down and enjoy great food/conversation. It's worth the wait - plus if you don't want extra time and a fun place to chat with your date - then you shouldn't be going to dinner together. Go there; you won't regret it.

Pros: simple amazing food, casual atmosphere, interesting clientele

Cons: one bathroom, few barstools

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Although the waits are brutal, get to this hidden gem early and you'll have a rewarding culinary experience with innovative cocktails to match. Been here twice on dates, first time had a table and a full meal, second time, sat at the bar with Tim the bartender (who recognized me from my first visit) who is a first rate mixologist and class act, and had some great apps. Service is great, prices are very reasonable, food is very interesting, loved the stilton cheese app, buffalo terrine, mac and cheese, and the pork is so tender its like ham. Great mixed crowd, young hipsters, middle-aged, les'ers and a smattering of yuppies.

2
★★★★★

Although the waits are brutal, get to this hidden gem early and you'll have a rewarding culinary experience with innovative cocktails to match. Been here twice on dates, first time had a table and a full meal, second time, sat at the bar with Tim the bartender (who recognized me from my first visit) who is a first rate mixologist and class act, and had some great apps. Service is great, prices are very reasonable, food is very interesting, loved the stilton cheese app, buffalo terrine, mac and cheese, and the pork is so tender its like ham. Great mixed crowd, young hipsters, middle-aged, les'ers and a smattering of yuppies.

Pros: bar, food, ambience

Cons: wait, wait, wait

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The people who don't like this place are probably from flyover states. The food was fantastic and inexpensive. The hors d'oeurves were by far the most exciting part of the meal--though a cliche, the artichoke dip is divine and the wild boar pate scrumptous. The main courses are extremely viscerally satisfying. For desert go with the bananas foster. If you have trouble getting a table come early on Sunday, otherwise wait at the bar and take advantage of the great winelist. You should have to wait for good food.

2
★★★★★

The people who don't like this place are probably from flyover states. The food was fantastic and inexpensive. The hors d'oeurves were by far the most exciting part of the meal--though a cliche, the artichoke dip is divine and the wild boar pate scrumptous. The main courses are extremely viscerally satisfying. For desert go with the bananas foster. If you have trouble getting a table come early on Sunday, otherwise wait at the bar and take advantage of the great winelist. You should have to wait for good food.

Pros: secluded, funky/eclectic crowd, esoteric menu

Cons: laid-back service, one bathroom

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Walking down the alley to Freemans, I felt instantly transported to another time and place. Inside, the space is quirky and fun. It was crowded, but we were seated quickly. The food was delicious and I enjoyed an excellent wine suggested by our charming bartender. Service could have been better, but it was beyond busy, so I give the waiters credit. I saw no snobbery or pretension at all, so don't worry about the "bitter, party of one" reviews below. If you are going to complain about cute girls getting seated first in trendy restaurants, you're definitely in the wrong city.

One word of caution - just in case the animal heads on the wall aren't enough of a hint, be advised that you'll receive your fish au natural and staring up at you from the plate. If that bothers you, go with the filet mignon (delicious!)

2
★★★★★

Walking down the alley to Freemans, I felt instantly transported to another time and place. Inside, the space is quirky and fun. It was crowded, but we were seated quickly. The food was delicious and I enjoyed an excellent wine suggested by our charming bartender. Service could have been better, but it was beyond busy, so I give the waiters credit. I saw no snobbery or pretension at all, so don't worry about the "bitter, party of one" reviews below. If you are going to complain about cute girls getting seated first in trendy restaurants, you're definitely in the wrong city.

One word of caution - just in case the animal heads on the wall aren't enough of a hint, be advised that you'll receive your fish au natural and staring up at you from the plate. If that bothers you, go with the filet mignon (delicious!)

Pros: vibe, food, crowd

Cons: long wait

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What's with all these new trendy places with employees treating you like crap? My friend and I politely waited at the bar as the snotty host seated his friends and which ever cute girls came in after us. Finally, after I went to remind him that we hadn't evaporated, we were seated at a table squashed in the corner. Although it was still early, the staff clearly had other places to go, as was made clear to the few remaining diners by waiters stacking chairs on tables and curtly ending table service to go drink beers at the bar. Damn, well, if you really don't want our business, just tell us to our face. Quite a bummer.

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★☆☆☆☆

What's with all these new trendy places with employees treating you like crap? My friend and I politely waited at the bar as the snotty host seated his friends and which ever cute girls came in after us. Finally, after I went to remind him that we hadn't evaporated, we were seated at a table squashed in the corner. Although it was still early, the staff clearly had other places to go, as was made clear to the few remaining diners by waiters stacking chairs on tables and curtly ending table service to go drink beers at the bar. Damn, well, if you really don't want our business, just tell us to our face. Quite a bummer.

Pros: taxidermy

Cons: attitude

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A little overrated, (aren't they all?), but pretty fun. The wait can be long and staff/owner friends will get tables ahead of you so be prepared to wait. Still worthwhile for the scene - 'I too can be lower east side cool! - look at my new/old t-shirt and sunglasses indoors!' It takes a lot of mousse for the tussled look, but they still come out in force for something with the tattered look.

2
★★★★☆

A little overrated, (aren't they all?), but pretty fun. The wait can be long and staff/owner friends will get tables ahead of you so be prepared to wait. Still worthwhile for the scene - 'I too can be lower east side cool! - look at my new/old t-shirt and sunglasses indoors!' It takes a lot of mousse for the tussled look, but they still come out in force for something with the tattered look.

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i agree, it was crowded but that just forced my date and i into each other's personal space that much quicker while waiting in the bar area. the place was warm and cozy and the food was delicious (i had the venison - which was excellent and unique, but i'm going back to try the lamb shank). and the desserts MUST be sampled - the bananas foster was ridiculously good. just go and try it - you'll like it.

2
★★★★★

i agree, it was crowded but that just forced my date and i into each other's personal space that much quicker while waiting in the bar area. the place was warm and cozy and the food was delicious (i had the venison - which was excellent and unique, but i'm going back to try the lamb shank). and the desserts MUST be sampled - the bananas foster was ridiculously good. just go and try it - you'll like it.

Pros: excellent food, attitude-free service, escape from NYC

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Yeah, it's "cool", but people with real cred don't do cool. You wanna wait a hour for a cramped table to eat mom's macaroni and cheese? Go ahead. Show off your moon boots, your uggs, your tiny Zoolander cell phone, your "insert trendy accessory here". Puhleez. Save your attitude, cook at home, invite interesting people with depth and integrity, contributing to the world, rather than sucking it dry.

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★★★☆☆

Yeah, it's "cool", but people with real cred don't do cool. You wanna wait a hour for a cramped table to eat mom's macaroni and cheese? Go ahead. Show off your moon boots, your uggs, your tiny Zoolander cell phone, your "insert trendy accessory here". Puhleez. Save your attitude, cook at home, invite interesting people with depth and integrity, contributing to the world, rather than sucking it dry.

Pros: Crowded, Attitude, Who Cares!

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In a nutshell, if you're not a friend of the maitre d' you're going to have to wait and see his friends seated before you (even though you arrived before them). It's a place for the owner & staff's friends, so if you're not one of them, you're in for a wait. Space is small, hot (steam pipe heating) but cool, and at least for now, crowd is downtown, hipster chic, but that's changing fast as word spreads. Food is like the venison meal you would have after a hunting trip with your uncle Ed in Minnesota, but if you're up for some lumpy mash potatoes and trout w/ full bone, you'll be content. Desserts could use some help. Bartender will treat you well if you are friendly, but well drinks are smaller than they should be.

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★★★☆☆

In a nutshell, if you're not a friend of the maitre d' you're going to have to wait and see his friends seated before you (even though you arrived before them). It's a place for the owner & staff's friends, so if you're not one of them, you're in for a wait. Space is small, hot (steam pipe heating) but cool, and at least for now, crowd is downtown, hipster chic, but that's changing fast as word spreads. Food is like the venison meal you would have after a hunting trip with your uncle Ed in Minnesota, but if you're up for some lumpy mash potatoes and trout w/ full bone, you'll be content. Desserts could use some help. Bartender will treat you well if you are friendly, but well drinks are smaller than they should be.

Pros: midwest cool decor, in the know locale, fun atmosphere

Cons: , small, long wait

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Yes, there was a wait, but we just got liquored up at the bar. The Aussie bartender made some mean Manhattans. Food when we finally sat down was homey, rich, and good (especially after all the booze). We had a good time. It was a bit a scene, but that was half the fun. I plan on coming back.

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★★★★★

Yes, there was a wait, but we just got liquored up at the bar. The Aussie bartender made some mean Manhattans. Food when we finally sat down was homey, rich, and good (especially after all the booze). We had a good time. It was a bit a scene, but that was half the fun. I plan on coming back.

Pros: Drinks, Vibe, Relatively Cheap

Cons: , Hard to Find

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I've been to Freeman's 3 times. The first time was around 10pm and it wasn't too busy. We were seated promptly and I drank while friends ate. The second time was around 8pm, the usual dinner rush time and we had to leave because the place was too packed. The third time we expected the long wait and when were were finally seated (25 mins later) it was defintely worth the wait. The food was excellent and the environment was fun. A great place to see and be scene if that 's what you're looking for. Nothing out of the ordinary for a new hip and reasonably priced restaurant!

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★★★★☆

I've been to Freeman's 3 times. The first time was around 10pm and it wasn't too busy. We were seated promptly and I drank while friends ate. The second time was around 8pm, the usual dinner rush time and we had to leave because the place was too packed. The third time we expected the long wait and when were were finally seated (25 mins later) it was defintely worth the wait. The food was excellent and the environment was fun. A great place to see and be scene if that 's what you're looking for. Nothing out of the ordinary for a new hip and reasonably priced restaurant!

Pros: Good Food, Great Ambiance

 

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