Friend Of A Farmer

★★★★☆
  • 77 Irving Pl # 1

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: nr. 19th St.

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  • 212-477-2188

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Ruined our Thanksgiving. We took a friend from England to this restaurant for Thanksgiving. She was excited to experience the holiday American style. I was hugely embarrassed. Worst meal I've ever had. It was like pig slop. How you

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Ruined our Thanksgiving. We took a friend from England to this restaurant for Thanksgiving. She was excited to experience the holiday American style. I was hugely embarrassed. Worst meal I've ever had. It was like pig slop. How you

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I go to Beth Israel twice a month so I'm always looking for good food in the neighborhood. I tried this place yesterday and was delightfully surprised. The food was very good and the portions were huge. (I got the cheddar-topped vegetable

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I go to Beth Israel twice a month so I'm always looking for good food in the neighborhood. I tried this place yesterday and was delightfully surprised. The food was very good and the portions were huge. (I got the cheddar-topped vegetable

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I wish i had read all these reviews before going... My nyc guide said it would be great, so my friend and i went there in order to have a really good meal and night. I had the terry alan chicken, and it was... Like some lunatic's mad

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★★★★★

I wish i had read all these reviews before going... My nyc guide said it would be great, so my friend and i went there in order to have a really good meal and night. I had the terry alan chicken, and it was... Like some lunatic's mad

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So we came here about a week or so ago and the place was packed. We didn't have a reservation for a table and incredibly we were seated at a fabulous table by the fireplace within less than two minutes by a super friendly hostess.
I could

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★★★★★

So we came here about a week or so ago and the place was packed. We didn't have a reservation for a table and incredibly we were seated at a fabulous table by the fireplace within less than two minutes by a super friendly hostess.
I could

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GO ELSEWHERE! This place is not what it used to be. I have been here on several occasions since 2007 and let me tell you a lot has changed! This place went from an elegant gem in NYC to the likes of a dive bar. Two stars because SOME of

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★★★★★

GO ELSEWHERE! This place is not what it used to be. I have been here on several occasions since 2007 and let me tell you a lot has changed! This place went from an elegant gem in NYC to the likes of a dive bar. Two stars because SOME of

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Here's something for the waitstaff at Friend of a Farmer: If a patron finds a long hair in his or her food, don't charge them for that dish. The customer isn't always right, but they're seldom wrong. Aside from this oversight, the food was

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★★★★★

Here's something for the waitstaff at Friend of a Farmer: If a patron finds a long hair in his or her food, don't charge them for that dish. The customer isn't always right, but they're seldom wrong. Aside from this oversight, the food was

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I wrote to the email address on the restaurant's website, but it bounced back. So I am pasting my complaint here:
Hello. I invited my sister, brother, and his wife and two
kids to brunch at your restaurant yesterday, March 6, 2011. Three

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I wrote to the email address on the restaurant's website, but it bounced back. So I am pasting my complaint here:
Hello. I invited my sister, brother, and his wife and two
kids to brunch at your restaurant yesterday, March 6, 2011. Three

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I have to confess that my first experience here left me with mixed feelings. While I loved the soup, my pasta was just average. It was kind of a bummer because I absolutely loved the atmosphere and staff. So, I gave it another shot and

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I have to confess that my first experience here left me with mixed feelings. While I loved the soup, my pasta was just average. It was kind of a bummer because I absolutely loved the atmosphere and staff. So, I gave it another shot and

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Both food and service are mediocre at best. My husband ordered outside the menu: two eggs, canadian bacon and toasts; I got the eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of canadian bacon. We waited for 40 minutes and when our food finally

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★★★★★

Both food and service are mediocre at best. My husband ordered outside the menu: two eggs, canadian bacon and toasts; I got the eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of canadian bacon. We waited for 40 minutes and when our food finally

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the site is friendofafarmerny

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★★★★★

the site is friendofafarmerny

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My wife insists we go there every year for her birthday and I grin and bear it... case in point.

We brought a party of 10 and sat upstairs on the old rickety chairs... The initial bread and water was good. Half of us ordered the "Boomers

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My wife insists we go there every year for her birthday and I grin and bear it... case in point.

We brought a party of 10 and sat upstairs on the old rickety chairs... The initial bread and water was good. Half of us ordered the "Boomers

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My most recent experience at FOAF finally convinced me never to return. I once loved the place especially the blueberry pancakes served on the griddle. The location is so so charming. This Tuesday I ordered the blueberry buttermilk pancakes after waiting 30 minutes I was served yellow generic pancakes that were 1/2 inch thick, dry and tasteless. The waiter had vanished. After about 15 minutes he surfaced but did not approach me. I had to call him over to ask him about my pancakes. By then I had used up 45 minutes trying to get something edible and I did not have any more time to wait for the corrected order that he reluctantly offered. I left hungry and discouraged. The bill was over $16 not including tip. That was for coffee and pancakes. I'd be crazy to give FOAF another chance. Don't go there.

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My most recent experience at FOAF finally convinced me never to return. I once loved the place especially the blueberry pancakes served on the griddle. The location is so so charming. This Tuesday I ordered the blueberry buttermilk pancakes after waiting 30 minutes I was served yellow generic pancakes that were 1/2 inch thick, dry and tasteless. The waiter had vanished. After about 15 minutes he surfaced but did not approach me. I had to call him over to ask him about my pancakes. By then I had used up 45 minutes trying to get something edible and I did not have any more time to wait for the corrected order that he reluctantly offered. I left hungry and discouraged. The bill was over $16 not including tip. That was for coffee and pancakes. I'd be crazy to give FOAF another chance. Don't go there.

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I went to FOAF with a group of seven people on a Friday night. We were seated upstairs. It was not very busy.

First, the good. The decor was wonderfully down-to-earth and homey. The baskets of produce set the tone and whetted my appetite. However, the service and the food quickly diminished any goodwill the decor had built up. And when it comes down to it, if I just want to sit in a nice place, I'll stay at home.

Service: After we were seated, we waited for 20 minutes for someone to take our drink orders. The drinks arrived after the appetizers, which (like everything we ordered) were auctioned off by the waiter from the head of the table. I have been to lesser restaurants with more people where the waiter has been able to remember who ordered what. Some of the vegetarian dishes were made with meat and vice versa. The waiter offered to pick the meat out, which is probably what he did when he took the food back to have it "remade."

Food: Bland. The duck was dry. The "roasted" beets were cold and tasted like they had come out of a can. The Terry Alan Chicken, which sounded very exciting (stuffed with grannysmith apples and cheddar), was overcooked and under seasoned. The salads were fresh, but not particularly memorable. The cornbread was stale. The portions were generous, which, given the food, was a bit of a mixed blessing.

Bottom line: If you want farm fresh home cooking, visit someone's grandparents who live on a farm. If you want inept service and overpriced, forgettable food, go to Friend of a Farmer.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to FOAF with a group of seven people on a Friday night. We were seated upstairs. It was not very busy.

First, the good. The decor was wonderfully down-to-earth and homey. The baskets of produce set the tone and whetted my appetite. However, the service and the food quickly diminished any goodwill the decor had built up. And when it comes down to it, if I just want to sit in a nice place, I'll stay at home.

Service: After we were seated, we waited for 20 minutes for someone to take our drink orders. The drinks arrived after the appetizers, which (like everything we ordered) were auctioned off by the waiter from the head of the table. I have been to lesser restaurants with more people where the waiter has been able to remember who ordered what. Some of the vegetarian dishes were made with meat and vice versa. The waiter offered to pick the meat out, which is probably what he did when he took the food back to have it "remade."

Food: Bland. The duck was dry. The "roasted" beets were cold and tasted like they had come out of a can. The Terry Alan Chicken, which sounded very exciting (stuffed with grannysmith apples and cheddar), was overcooked and under seasoned. The salads were fresh, but not particularly memorable. The cornbread was stale. The portions were generous, which, given the food, was a bit of a mixed blessing.

Bottom line: If you want farm fresh home cooking, visit someone's grandparents who live on a farm. If you want inept service and overpriced, forgettable food, go to Friend of a Farmer.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Service, food

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We stumbled upon this restaurant while looking for a place for dinner on Friday. We picked it because we were intrigued by the name and like the menu. We were seated upstairs immediately and served by Louis. He was very attentive and charming. I ordered a mojito and it was one of the best I ever had! The menu was mostly comfort food and I had fried chicken. It was very good - most but not greasy - and the sweet potato fries were excellent. The people with me had other chicken dishes and were very pleased. We will definitely go back.

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★★★★☆

We stumbled upon this restaurant while looking for a place for dinner on Friday. We picked it because we were intrigued by the name and like the menu. We were seated upstairs immediately and served by Louis. He was very attentive and charming. I ordered a mojito and it was one of the best I ever had! The menu was mostly comfort food and I had fried chicken. It was very good - most but not greasy - and the sweet potato fries were excellent. The people with me had other chicken dishes and were very pleased. We will definitely go back.

Pros: Great food. Best Mojito

Cons: None

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great breakfast, and you feel like you have been transported to a Vermont Cabin

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great breakfast, and you feel like you have been transported to a Vermont Cabin

Pros: fresh homemade country style breakfast

Cons: long lines

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food is great and you feel like you have been transported to a vermont cabin for breakfast

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food is great and you feel like you have been transported to a vermont cabin for breakfast

Pros: great home made food in a cabin like feel.

Cons: long lines

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This place had it's time... but I think that time is over. They should now try to focus more on locally made food to be more in keeping with their name. It feels out of date. Food needs updating too.

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This place had it's time... but I think that time is over. They should now try to focus more on locally made food to be more in keeping with their name. It feels out of date. Food needs updating too.

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I used to love this place, but a few recent trips have soured me on it. The best thing about it is the country-ish decor (baskets filled with squash, apples, and lemons around the place) and the working fireplace both upstairs and downstairs. The menu always sounds good, but the lately the food is bland and uninventive. They recently added a full bar downstairs so there are less places to eat dinner on that level. We recently ate there and when it got to dessert, most of the pies on the menu weren't available and our waiter told us on the sly they haven't been available for months but they don't want to change the dessert menu. I thought that spoke volumes. It's sad that I have to put this on my skip it list.

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I used to love this place, but a few recent trips have soured me on it. The best thing about it is the country-ish decor (baskets filled with squash, apples, and lemons around the place) and the working fireplace both upstairs and downstairs. The menu always sounds good, but the lately the food is bland and uninventive. They recently added a full bar downstairs so there are less places to eat dinner on that level. We recently ate there and when it got to dessert, most of the pies on the menu weren't available and our waiter told us on the sly they haven't been available for months but they don't want to change the dessert menu. I thought that spoke volumes. It's sad that I have to put this on my skip it list.

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The FOAF owner needs to be schooled in how to deal with customers interested in booking a private party. I feel as though I was scammed with the old "bait and switch"-- the manager I was dealing with to book a private dinner for 50 people quoted me a certain amount per person and three options for the guests to choose from, as well as the ability to bring in my own wine for a corkage fee. After expressing my interest in signing a contract, the manager did not produce one but instead left town for an extended period of time, and when I tried to explain the options I was previously given to the owner by one of her managers, she was incredibly rude, spitefully hiking the price per person and taking away some options. Not only was she unapologetic, but she seemed to not believe me when I described everything that her manager had promised. I will badmouth this rotten place to everyone I know. And the food is nothing to write home about. AQnd the interior is shabby, and I dont' mean shabby chic, just plain old shabby.

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The FOAF owner needs to be schooled in how to deal with customers interested in booking a private party. I feel as though I was scammed with the old "bait and switch"-- the manager I was dealing with to book a private dinner for 50 people quoted me a certain amount per person and three options for the guests to choose from, as well as the ability to bring in my own wine for a corkage fee. After expressing my interest in signing a contract, the manager did not produce one but instead left town for an extended period of time, and when I tried to explain the options I was previously given to the owner by one of her managers, she was incredibly rude, spitefully hiking the price per person and taking away some options. Not only was she unapologetic, but she seemed to not believe me when I described everything that her manager had promised. I will badmouth this rotten place to everyone I know. And the food is nothing to write home about. AQnd the interior is shabby, and I dont' mean shabby chic, just plain old shabby.

Pros: None

Cons: Horrible management and no customer service skills

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Went at a slow time (late afternoon) and had to ask to have our order taken, our order checked on, and still waited about an hour to be served.

Food is overpriced, based on portion size and quality of food.

Definitely do not recommend this place.

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Went at a slow time (late afternoon) and had to ask to have our order taken, our order checked on, and still waited about an hour to be served.

Food is overpriced, based on portion size and quality of food.

Definitely do not recommend this place.

Cons: very slow wait service; overpriced mediocre quality food

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I've never seen such terrible customer service. I live and work in the neighborhood and have frequented often. However, my lunch today was TERRIBLE. The serivce was AWFUL! It took 20 minutes to take our order and 45 minutes to get the food (we only ordered salads). In the middle of lunch, they began sawing downstairs. When I complained to the owner she denied that they were sawing and said they just started. Absurd! This regular customer will not return!

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I've never seen such terrible customer service. I live and work in the neighborhood and have frequented often. However, my lunch today was TERRIBLE. The serivce was AWFUL! It took 20 minutes to take our order and 45 minutes to get the food (we only ordered salads). In the middle of lunch, they began sawing downstairs. When I complained to the owner she denied that they were sawing and said they just started. Absurd! This regular customer will not return!

Pros: home cooking

Cons: Terrible Service!

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What is going on? You would think that the service would be impeccable at a good restaurant, one that puts so much attention on the food and the decor. I asked for the salmon without any sauce. It came with the sauce. As the waiter put it down, I commented that it wasn't supposed to have sauce. He said, "Well, would you like us to start over and cook it without the sauce?" Give me a break. You're the one that screwed up, not me. The waitress came up all apologetic, but that was it. Of course I'm not going to send it back because I'm with other people, but come on. The manager didn't come over, no offer for coffee or dessert. I hate when fresh fish is covered in sauce, especially when I don't know the restaurant. Still, I gave her 20 percent. I blame it on the management. They need to step it up and train their staff. There are too many other great restaurants in NYC.

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What is going on? You would think that the service would be impeccable at a good restaurant, one that puts so much attention on the food and the decor. I asked for the salmon without any sauce. It came with the sauce. As the waiter put it down, I commented that it wasn't supposed to have sauce. He said, "Well, would you like us to start over and cook it without the sauce?" Give me a break. You're the one that screwed up, not me. The waitress came up all apologetic, but that was it. Of course I'm not going to send it back because I'm with other people, but come on. The manager didn't come over, no offer for coffee or dessert. I hate when fresh fish is covered in sauce, especially when I don't know the restaurant. Still, I gave her 20 percent. I blame it on the management. They need to step it up and train their staff. There are too many other great restaurants in NYC.

Pros: Food is good

Cons: Service appears to not be trained like they should

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You can't beat a roaring fire in winter?so it's a treat to find that in this pretty farmhouse-style eatery. Unfortunately, the warm fire was not matched by warm and gracious service.

Food was fine, but the aloof waiter took a bit too long to take our order and pretty much ignored us until the time came to deliver the bill.

I was annoyed?twice?by the fact that when the time came to pay, the bill was handed to my male dining companion. As it happens, I, a woman, was buying lunch. This ridiculousness was repeated when, having paid for lunch with my credit card, my card and invoice to sign was once again handed to my friend. Here's a radical thought?why not simply place the bill in the middle of the table and let whoever is paying take it? It's 2008, not 1942, right?

"Farmhouse" dining should inclue a warm and friendly tone to match the warm, friendly fire and decor. A bit of brains when it comes to gender roles would be a nice twist, too.

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You can't beat a roaring fire in winter?so it's a treat to find that in this pretty farmhouse-style eatery. Unfortunately, the warm fire was not matched by warm and gracious service.

Food was fine, but the aloof waiter took a bit too long to take our order and pretty much ignored us until the time came to deliver the bill.

I was annoyed?twice?by the fact that when the time came to pay, the bill was handed to my male dining companion. As it happens, I, a woman, was buying lunch. This ridiculousness was repeated when, having paid for lunch with my credit card, my card and invoice to sign was once again handed to my friend. Here's a radical thought?why not simply place the bill in the middle of the table and let whoever is paying take it? It's 2008, not 1942, right?

"Farmhouse" dining should inclue a warm and friendly tone to match the warm, friendly fire and decor. A bit of brains when it comes to gender roles would be a nice twist, too.

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I had heard mixed reviews of this restaurant, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I went there for lunch, and both my friend and I were very pleased with our meals. There were a lot of salad offerings, and the salmon salad ended up having a very generous portion of fish. The quiche also came in a substantial portion, and was served with fresh fruit salad on the side which was a nice touch. My only disappointment in terms of the food was the cheese on the quiche - it seemed very average, and based on the other menu items, I was expecting more of an artisan-type cheese, something that stood out. There was nothing wrong with it, it was just bland. The service was maybe a little on the slow side of average, but the waitperson was friendly about it and because it was a social get-together we were happy enough to have a leisurely lunch. I would be a little concerned about this if it was a business lunch where I had to keep to a strict time schedule. The country decor is a bit over the top, but because it's relatively unusual in NYC, I enjoyed it just because it's different.

This is one of those restaurants where I feel the price level is exactly right for what you are getting. Nothing too fancy or outrageous, with a nicer environment than a diner and a more substantial menu than a cafe.

I would definitely return, but based on the restaurant's small size, I would plan to avoid the brunch crowds. Also related to size, you are sitting very close to other customers, so this would be an issue to anyone who is bothered by this in general (although really, welcome to New York).

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I had heard mixed reviews of this restaurant, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I went there for lunch, and both my friend and I were very pleased with our meals. There were a lot of salad offerings, and the salmon salad ended up having a very generous portion of fish. The quiche also came in a substantial portion, and was served with fresh fruit salad on the side which was a nice touch. My only disappointment in terms of the food was the cheese on the quiche - it seemed very average, and based on the other menu items, I was expecting more of an artisan-type cheese, something that stood out. There was nothing wrong with it, it was just bland. The service was maybe a little on the slow side of average, but the waitperson was friendly about it and because it was a social get-together we were happy enough to have a leisurely lunch. I would be a little concerned about this if it was a business lunch where I had to keep to a strict time schedule. The country decor is a bit over the top, but because it's relatively unusual in NYC, I enjoyed it just because it's different.

This is one of those restaurants where I feel the price level is exactly right for what you are getting. Nothing too fancy or outrageous, with a nicer environment than a diner and a more substantial menu than a cafe.

I would definitely return, but based on the restaurant's small size, I would plan to avoid the brunch crowds. Also related to size, you are sitting very close to other customers, so this would be an issue to anyone who is bothered by this in general (although really, welcome to New York).

Pros: Cute decor, friendly service, menu variety

Cons: Very small size, somewhat slow (but not offensively so) service

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On this recent Sunday afternoon, the restaurant wasn't really very busy. Which made it all the more annoying when the service turned out to be slow, indifferent, inattentive and uncaring.

Specifically: the wait to order was way too long, once we (a party of two) ordered the food took about 20 minutes (if I err, I'm erring on the side of the restaurant), the food came out on iron plates that were not even warm to the touch and, when my girlfried complained that the muffin on her eggs benedict was totally uncooked/toasted, the waiter, unconcerned, replied "well that's how we serve it. If you want it toasted you have to ask." THEN, he walks away (after she pushes the untouched plate to the side in an obvious indication that she would like the dish taken back to the kitchen.) When he does come back, he says "So, do you want the muffin toasted?" Once the dish was returned, it was obvious that they just heated up the entire skillet, not toasting the muffin separately.

At no point did our water get refilled, I had to ask for coffee refills and the waiter, not terribly busy from what I could see, never came back until I asked for the check.

My pancakes were OK. Not served piping hot, they were not a big portion (four inch cakes) and left me hungrey for more. I love pancakes and blueberry pancakes are my favorite. Even if the service was great, I wouldn't return for the 'cakes.

This is not my, or my girlfriend's first time eating here, but it had been years since we were last here. And that's for a reason, we didn't like it years ago and had no desire to go but we figured we'd give the place a chance. No dice. This place is overrated and bad value. Your local coffee shop has better breakfast food and service.

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★★☆☆☆

On this recent Sunday afternoon, the restaurant wasn't really very busy. Which made it all the more annoying when the service turned out to be slow, indifferent, inattentive and uncaring.

Specifically: the wait to order was way too long, once we (a party of two) ordered the food took about 20 minutes (if I err, I'm erring on the side of the restaurant), the food came out on iron plates that were not even warm to the touch and, when my girlfried complained that the muffin on her eggs benedict was totally uncooked/toasted, the waiter, unconcerned, replied "well that's how we serve it. If you want it toasted you have to ask." THEN, he walks away (after she pushes the untouched plate to the side in an obvious indication that she would like the dish taken back to the kitchen.) When he does come back, he says "So, do you want the muffin toasted?" Once the dish was returned, it was obvious that they just heated up the entire skillet, not toasting the muffin separately.

At no point did our water get refilled, I had to ask for coffee refills and the waiter, not terribly busy from what I could see, never came back until I asked for the check.

My pancakes were OK. Not served piping hot, they were not a big portion (four inch cakes) and left me hungrey for more. I love pancakes and blueberry pancakes are my favorite. Even if the service was great, I wouldn't return for the 'cakes.

This is not my, or my girlfriend's first time eating here, but it had been years since we were last here. And that's for a reason, we didn't like it years ago and had no desire to go but we figured we'd give the place a chance. No dice. This place is overrated and bad value. Your local coffee shop has better breakfast food and service.

Pros: Ambience a step up from a coffee shop

Cons: Poor service, food nothing special.

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I was at Friend of a Farmer the other day and my review is terribly mixed. We were a group of three and elected to sit outside. Rather than putting two two-tops together to make seating for three, all of us were put at a two person table. That would not have been so bad if our third wasn't made to sit on the sidewalk. I should mention that we were the only people out there at the time. There was no reason for it. When we moved our table a few inches toward the restaurant, so our third could avoid getting wet during a passing shower, we were told that that space needed to be clear for when another diner came. Since there are seven other tables out there, none of which were occupied, I thought that was a little weird, and very rude. Obviously, if there were other people there waiting for a table, we would slide back over, assuming that the shower let up.
It took us a while to order, since it was a combination late lunch/early dinner and business meeting. I can understand that this would be annoying to the restaurant, but we arrived at 4:30, before their dinner menu opened, so it wasn't as though we could have ordered even if we wanted to. (We had indicated when we came in that we would like to wait for the dinner menu and would be happy to have some wine and salad while waiting, which we were told was fine)
We ordered the food. I had the crabcake, which was not lumpy at all> When I ordered, I asked if it was lumpy because i am particular about crab cakes. In all honesty, it tasted a bit like a breaded, broiled tuna salad patty. The accompanying roasted corn salad was very very tasty, though. My table mate ordered turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Perhaps it's because I am not a huge fan of turkey meatloaf, but to my eye and mouth, it looked and tasted a lot like cat food. Fancy Feast to be sure, but cat food all the same. The mashed potatoes were highly offensive. They were clearly reconstituted potatoes of some type, with a slurry-like consistency and taste.

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I was at Friend of a Farmer the other day and my review is terribly mixed. We were a group of three and elected to sit outside. Rather than putting two two-tops together to make seating for three, all of us were put at a two person table. That would not have been so bad if our third wasn't made to sit on the sidewalk. I should mention that we were the only people out there at the time. There was no reason for it. When we moved our table a few inches toward the restaurant, so our third could avoid getting wet during a passing shower, we were told that that space needed to be clear for when another diner came. Since there are seven other tables out there, none of which were occupied, I thought that was a little weird, and very rude. Obviously, if there were other people there waiting for a table, we would slide back over, assuming that the shower let up.
It took us a while to order, since it was a combination late lunch/early dinner and business meeting. I can understand that this would be annoying to the restaurant, but we arrived at 4:30, before their dinner menu opened, so it wasn't as though we could have ordered even if we wanted to. (We had indicated when we came in that we would like to wait for the dinner menu and would be happy to have some wine and salad while waiting, which we were told was fine)
We ordered the food. I had the crabcake, which was not lumpy at all> When I ordered, I asked if it was lumpy because i am particular about crab cakes. In all honesty, it tasted a bit like a breaded, broiled tuna salad patty. The accompanying roasted corn salad was very very tasty, though. My table mate ordered turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Perhaps it's because I am not a huge fan of turkey meatloaf, but to my eye and mouth, it looked and tasted a lot like cat food. Fancy Feast to be sure, but cat food all the same. The mashed potatoes were highly offensive. They were clearly reconstituted potatoes of some type, with a slurry-like consistency and taste.

Pros: Nice location, interior is okay

Cons: The food is pretty terrible

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The ambience is nice but the service is not great. When we got to the restaurant, it was not too busy. We ordered as soon as we were seated. We then had to wait over 45 minutes for our food. No one apologized for the delay and the waitress didn't bother to ask us if we wanted another drink. The food was mediocore - the fish had less salt and the meatloaf was so-so.

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★★☆☆☆

The ambience is nice but the service is not great. When we got to the restaurant, it was not too busy. We ordered as soon as we were seated. We then had to wait over 45 minutes for our food. No one apologized for the delay and the waitress didn't bother to ask us if we wanted another drink. The food was mediocore - the fish had less salt and the meatloaf was so-so.

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The Brunch Natsi!!! With the other negative reviews I found on CitySearch and the experience I had this afternoon, I think I?ve discovered New York?s very own Brunch Natsi. This manager/host always barks at you when waiting to be seated. I?ve been there four times, and each time he draws a line on the sidewalk in chalk to represent the front of the line and tells you not to pass it unless he calls you. For some reason, people put up with this (including me until today). But today, he went too far. He actually told us we were sitting at the table too long. All in all, we were at the table for about an hour and 15 mins. Not only was he out of line for asking us to leave when he did, but he also did it very rudely. Further before he even came by, after only 30 minutes the bus-boy was trying to take my girlfriends food away when she still had nearly half left. I?m convinced that the bus-boy was instructed by the Natsi to take plates away whenever he can.

This Restaurant gets way too much business. Much more than it deserves. Zagats rates them near the bottom in NYC for food and even worse for service. The food is below avg., and sometimes poor; the tables cramped, and the wait staff unfriendly. On top of this, it?s run by someone who is truly in the wrong line of work. He clearly does not like people. WHY DO PEOPLE LINE UP FOR THIS PLACE? Please don?t go back to this dump. There are much better choices in the area.

Finally, don?t look at the fact that this place has a score of ?9? on CitySearch. Anyone can write a good review on their own restaurant as many times as they want (and read the good reviews here; one says the staff is good looking; I wonder who wrote that????) . Instead, focus on the bad reviews this place gets, especially about the Brunch Natsi. Also don?t forget that Zagats rates them near the bottom for food, decor, and service.

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★☆☆☆☆

The Brunch Natsi!!! With the other negative reviews I found on CitySearch and the experience I had this afternoon, I think I?ve discovered New York?s very own Brunch Natsi. This manager/host always barks at you when waiting to be seated. I?ve been there four times, and each time he draws a line on the sidewalk in chalk to represent the front of the line and tells you not to pass it unless he calls you. For some reason, people put up with this (including me until today). But today, he went too far. He actually told us we were sitting at the table too long. All in all, we were at the table for about an hour and 15 mins. Not only was he out of line for asking us to leave when he did, but he also did it very rudely. Further before he even came by, after only 30 minutes the bus-boy was trying to take my girlfriends food away when she still had nearly half left. I?m convinced that the bus-boy was instructed by the Natsi to take plates away whenever he can.

This Restaurant gets way too much business. Much more than it deserves. Zagats rates them near the bottom in NYC for food and even worse for service. The food is below avg., and sometimes poor; the tables cramped, and the wait staff unfriendly. On top of this, it?s run by someone who is truly in the wrong line of work. He clearly does not like people. WHY DO PEOPLE LINE UP FOR THIS PLACE? Please don?t go back to this dump. There are much better choices in the area.

Finally, don?t look at the fact that this place has a score of ?9? on CitySearch. Anyone can write a good review on their own restaurant as many times as they want (and read the good reviews here; one says the staff is good looking; I wonder who wrote that????) . Instead, focus on the bad reviews this place gets, especially about the Brunch Natsi. Also don?t forget that Zagats rates them near the bottom for food, decor, and service.

Pros: The portions are very small, the serivce very rude.

Cons: See Pros

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I like country settings, farmhouses, and old fashioned food. However, when you mix that with ambivalent service and steak that tastes like leather, well, you get the idea. Eggs were poached correctly, crabcakes were good (I like them crab-ier and less potato-ey), and waiters were reasonably accomodating when we sent steak back that was done rare as opposed to medium. But as with most of the places near and around Union Square, it's finished with the quality that up-and-comers strive to give and they're content to rest on their laurels, relying on the atmosphere to keep a high draw. There are plenty of other places that you can keep a soft spot for.

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★★★☆☆

I like country settings, farmhouses, and old fashioned food. However, when you mix that with ambivalent service and steak that tastes like leather, well, you get the idea. Eggs were poached correctly, crabcakes were good (I like them crab-ier and less potato-ey), and waiters were reasonably accomodating when we sent steak back that was done rare as opposed to medium. But as with most of the places near and around Union Square, it's finished with the quality that up-and-comers strive to give and they're content to rest on their laurels, relying on the atmosphere to keep a high draw. There are plenty of other places that you can keep a soft spot for.

Pros: Fireplace, wood, weathered tables

Cons: Lines, steak, cramped tables

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Ive been here many times for brunch which is always great and recently went with my friends for dinner.
The food was excellent and the atmosphere was fantastic. I wish there was a place like this in my nieghborhood, I had the spinach and meatloaf which was excellent and everyone else went for the fish dishes which look and taste great.
Definately have a dessert there, you will know what I mean as soon as you walk in the door.
Try sitting near the windows as you will have a beautiful view of Irving place.

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★★★★★

Ive been here many times for brunch which is always great and recently went with my friends for dinner.
The food was excellent and the atmosphere was fantastic. I wish there was a place like this in my nieghborhood, I had the spinach and meatloaf which was excellent and everyone else went for the fish dishes which look and taste great.
Definately have a dessert there, you will know what I mean as soon as you walk in the door.
Try sitting near the windows as you will have a beautiful view of Irving place.

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Friend of a Farmer is a religious experience - my favorite brunch on the East Side. Everything from the friendly service to the toasty cornbread with homemade chunky applesauce to the outer-worldly eggs Benedict contribute to an overall stellar dining experience. Even the bathroom is adorable. I've never felt more at home in a restaurant, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for total bliss.

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★★★★★

Friend of a Farmer is a religious experience - my favorite brunch on the East Side. Everything from the friendly service to the toasty cornbread with homemade chunky applesauce to the outer-worldly eggs Benedict contribute to an overall stellar dining experience. Even the bathroom is adorable. I've never felt more at home in a restaurant, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for total bliss.

Pros: Great everything

Cons: Wait time

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Friend of a farmer takes metropolitan, chic New York and turns it upside down. This charming, little restaurant is located in Irving Place in a little nook of a restaurant. The decor is rustic farmer-esque (as the name suggests) and food is equally simple yet excellently prepared. For a lazy, hazy, countryside out of New York experience, head to Friend of a Farmer. BTW, service is excellent and they have decently priced wines.

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★★★★☆

Friend of a farmer takes metropolitan, chic New York and turns it upside down. This charming, little restaurant is located in Irving Place in a little nook of a restaurant. The decor is rustic farmer-esque (as the name suggests) and food is equally simple yet excellently prepared. For a lazy, hazy, countryside out of New York experience, head to Friend of a Farmer. BTW, service is excellent and they have decently priced wines.

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It's the holidays and we made a group reservation. Unfortunately two individuals could not make it at the last minute. The manager found this inexcusable and was extremely rude. He is arrogant and does not mind raising his voice to the customers. He has the ability to ruin one's day without trying. I DO NOT RECOMMEND this place as you'll end up walking out anyway with your day ruined.

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★☆☆☆☆

It's the holidays and we made a group reservation. Unfortunately two individuals could not make it at the last minute. The manager found this inexcusable and was extremely rude. He is arrogant and does not mind raising his voice to the customers. He has the ability to ruin one's day without trying. I DO NOT RECOMMEND this place as you'll end up walking out anyway with your day ruined.

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Food is good although not great by NYC standards. The manager is incredibly rude and was not the least bit accomodating. Do not go with a large party!

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★★★★☆

Food is good although not great by NYC standards. The manager is incredibly rude and was not the least bit accomodating. Do not go with a large party!

Pros: good food

Cons: horrible service, rude manager

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Why do you have to wait for brunch in NY? Yes the food is good but overpriced. I prefer grabbing dinner here as the lines on the weekends coupled with the prices don't add up to what you get. Maybe in the summertime where you can sit outside but otherwise forget it.

1
★★★☆☆

Why do you have to wait for brunch in NY? Yes the food is good but overpriced. I prefer grabbing dinner here as the lines on the weekends coupled with the prices don't add up to what you get. Maybe in the summertime where you can sit outside but otherwise forget it.

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It was a lovely evening so my boyfriend and I decided to check out this cute little restaurant on Irving and take advantage of the outdoor seating. The entire experience was blah and forgettable. We started with the tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad which was neither fresh nor flavorful (picture diner-style). I had the salmon with greens - the piece of salmon was generous but rather mushy and unexciting. My boyfriend had the basil ravioli which was too creamy and really nothing special. A dessert of brownie a la mode was, again, very basic. Worst of all, it started to rain during our meal and we asked to be moved inside. The waiter told us there weren't any tables left and pushed our table a couple of inches from the awning. We left the restaurant soaking wet! Lack of effort, enthusiasm, and quality...definitey will not go out of my way to return.

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★★☆☆☆

It was a lovely evening so my boyfriend and I decided to check out this cute little restaurant on Irving and take advantage of the outdoor seating. The entire experience was blah and forgettable. We started with the tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad which was neither fresh nor flavorful (picture diner-style). I had the salmon with greens - the piece of salmon was generous but rather mushy and unexciting. My boyfriend had the basil ravioli which was too creamy and really nothing special. A dessert of brownie a la mode was, again, very basic. Worst of all, it started to rain during our meal and we asked to be moved inside. The waiter told us there weren't any tables left and pushed our table a couple of inches from the awning. We left the restaurant soaking wet! Lack of effort, enthusiasm, and quality...definitey will not go out of my way to return.

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Beautiful and charming ambience -however I found a dead critter in my take-out cinnamon muffin - yech. Knew years ago they had a questionable kitchen - now I remember why I stopped going there! Be warned unless you like a dining experience that rivals "fear factor"

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★☆☆☆☆

Beautiful and charming ambience -however I found a dead critter in my take-out cinnamon muffin - yech. Knew years ago they had a questionable kitchen - now I remember why I stopped going there! Be warned unless you like a dining experience that rivals "fear factor"

Pros: cute

Cons: scary kitchen

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This place is incorrectly named. They are not friends to anyone based on my expereince. The manager has no conception of how to treat a customer. He rudely would not seat one extra person although there was an extra seat at the table. Gave us an attitude like we were in the wrong. No signs posted or warning abuot their lame policy. Food was not good also. Many better restaurants in the area I'd rather go to. Don't waste your money there.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place is incorrectly named. They are not friends to anyone based on my expereince. The manager has no conception of how to treat a customer. He rudely would not seat one extra person although there was an extra seat at the table. Gave us an attitude like we were in the wrong. No signs posted or warning abuot their lame policy. Food was not good also. Many better restaurants in the area I'd rather go to. Don't waste your money there.

Pros: None

Cons: Terrible service and attitude

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I heard of this place through a friend and boy was he right, this place is great for brunch. The decor is great too, it doesn't feel like you are in Manhattan, somewhere more like upstate NY. We had a table that was right in front of a fireplace, which was great because it was freezing that day. I got the butermilk pancakes with apples and cinnamon...oh man these were the best pancakes ever, also try the pumpkin pancakes...oh my mouth waters just thinking about these.
This place is worth the wait and worth every penny...oh and its very reasonable and the service was friendly but don't expect them to be very attentive.

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★★★★★

I heard of this place through a friend and boy was he right, this place is great for brunch. The decor is great too, it doesn't feel like you are in Manhattan, somewhere more like upstate NY. We had a table that was right in front of a fireplace, which was great because it was freezing that day. I got the butermilk pancakes with apples and cinnamon...oh man these were the best pancakes ever, also try the pumpkin pancakes...oh my mouth waters just thinking about these.
This place is worth the wait and worth every penny...oh and its very reasonable and the service was friendly but don't expect them to be very attentive.

Pros: Brunch, Atmosphere

Cons: long wait, service, Nothing

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AWFUL SERVICE! It was our first time here and we were seated w/no idea about the rule in seating incomplete parties. When our friend joined, the mngr didn't let her in, called her a liar and followed her inside. When she found us, he yelled at us and told us to leave. I was horrified and said it was our first time and if we knew we would've waited. We stayed and finished our food, anyway. In response, the mngr observed us closely from the corner of the room. We later learned that the waiter who initially sat us down was new and also unaware of this "rule". The mngr knew this and didn't care that his customers were in the right and his snobby restaurant was in the wrong. It was such a bad experience, I honestly hope this restaurant goes out of business...

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★☆☆☆☆

AWFUL SERVICE! It was our first time here and we were seated w/no idea about the rule in seating incomplete parties. When our friend joined, the mngr didn't let her in, called her a liar and followed her inside. When she found us, he yelled at us and told us to leave. I was horrified and said it was our first time and if we knew we would've waited. We stayed and finished our food, anyway. In response, the mngr observed us closely from the corner of the room. We later learned that the waiter who initially sat us down was new and also unaware of this "rule". The mngr knew this and didn't care that his customers were in the right and his snobby restaurant was in the wrong. It was such a bad experience, I honestly hope this restaurant goes out of business...

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Never go here! The manager was the rudest person I have ever come across and for living in NYC that says lot! The hostess made the mistake of seating us before our entire party was there and the manager yelled at us for it! What happened to the customer's always right notion? The manager told the waiters to send over our bill and "clean it up" several times. We were forced out of the establishment for a mistake we did not make! The waiter kept coming up and asking to take our plates while we were still eating and the manager stood and stared at us through half our meal! What service...or lack there of!

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★☆☆☆☆

Never go here! The manager was the rudest person I have ever come across and for living in NYC that says lot! The hostess made the mistake of seating us before our entire party was there and the manager yelled at us for it! What happened to the customer's always right notion? The manager told the waiters to send over our bill and "clean it up" several times. We were forced out of the establishment for a mistake we did not make! The waiter kept coming up and asking to take our plates while we were still eating and the manager stood and stared at us through half our meal! What service...or lack there of!

Cons: bland food, crappy manager

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In the city that is. While I still doubt the owners know any farmers, I must say the food is delicious. Unfortunately, like all great things in the city, that means it draws a crowd. You have to go early or be prepared to wait in line.

PROS: Yummy....
CONS: Waiting... send a friend to wait the line for you???

5
★★★★★

In the city that is. While I still doubt the owners know any farmers, I must say the food is delicious. Unfortunately, like all great things in the city, that means it draws a crowd. You have to go early or be prepared to wait in line.

PROS: Yummy....
CONS: Waiting... send a friend to wait the line for you???

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While the location is charming, the owner has let the brunch success go to his head. Customers MUST order one entre each if dining outdoors, they will not seat you unless your entire group is present (nor will they hold a table) and they make it clear that they want to turn tables. The food, congeniality, and service have all deteriorated overf the past few years and so the wait is not worth it.

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★☆☆☆☆

While the location is charming, the owner has let the brunch success go to his head. Customers MUST order one entre each if dining outdoors, they will not seat you unless your entire group is present (nor will they hold a table) and they make it clear that they want to turn tables. The food, congeniality, and service have all deteriorated overf the past few years and so the wait is not worth it.

Pros: location, atmosphere

Cons: service, food

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I have always wondered why this restaurant doesn't have a higher overall score in Zagat and doesn't get better reviews from it's customers. Its fantastic. Brunch is what Friend of a Farmer is known for, however dinner is equally impressive. All of the omlets, pancakes, french toast, etc. are great as are the country standards (i.e. baked chicken) served in the evening. The Irving St. location automatically gives the customer the feeling of being in a quieter city, such as Boston, creating a much more relaxed environment. Lines are almost always long for brunch, but in the end, its well worth the wait.

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★★★★★

I have always wondered why this restaurant doesn't have a higher overall score in Zagat and doesn't get better reviews from it's customers. Its fantastic. Brunch is what Friend of a Farmer is known for, however dinner is equally impressive. All of the omlets, pancakes, french toast, etc. are great as are the country standards (i.e. baked chicken) served in the evening. The Irving St. location automatically gives the customer the feeling of being in a quieter city, such as Boston, creating a much more relaxed environment. Lines are almost always long for brunch, but in the end, its well worth the wait.

Pros: Location, Great Home-type Food, Reasonable $

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Other reviewers are right about the distracted service, but the food was so inventive and tasty, who cares that you have to chase them down for everything? Just get into the habit of doing that and relax with it, okay? The ambience, as mentioned by others, has that rural, 'Vermont' character about it, but frankly I didn't even notice that until I read it here. Somebody took me there, the restaurant was nice (except for actually playing 106.5 Lite FM, commercials and all!) but (here's the interesting part) the food was absolutely great. The iced tea mixed with lemonade...the salad with the blackened chicken, raw onion, and wasabi tartar...the quesadilla...the cherry pie....the molten chocolate thing: All terrific. And everyone was nice, even if they were hard to catch up with sometimes.

2
★★★★☆

Other reviewers are right about the distracted service, but the food was so inventive and tasty, who cares that you have to chase them down for everything? Just get into the habit of doing that and relax with it, okay? The ambience, as mentioned by others, has that rural, 'Vermont' character about it, but frankly I didn't even notice that until I read it here. Somebody took me there, the restaurant was nice (except for actually playing 106.5 Lite FM, commercials and all!) but (here's the interesting part) the food was absolutely great. The iced tea mixed with lemonade...the salad with the blackened chicken, raw onion, and wasabi tartar...the quesadilla...the cherry pie....the molten chocolate thing: All terrific. And everyone was nice, even if they were hard to catch up with sometimes.

Pros: The Food is excellent, Laid back attitude, The quiet street

Cons: , Lackadaisical service

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I do enjoy coming here for the fresh lemondade, orange juice and ambiance. The food is average at best, its the location and the ambiance that makes it worth it. For some reason the last two times I've been my food has been cold and my drink without ice!

1
★★★☆☆

I do enjoy coming here for the fresh lemondade, orange juice and ambiance. The food is average at best, its the location and the ambiance that makes it worth it. For some reason the last two times I've been my food has been cold and my drink without ice!

Pros: ambiance, fresh juices

Cons: , average food

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If I were to open a Vermont-style B&B in NYC, this is it! Wood-beamed ceilings, cozy fireplace, and a quiet wood-themed setting makes you feel like you're somewhere in rural New England, having just stepped off the ski-slopes. Yummy comfort food offerings at a very moderate price makes this lovely restaurant the perfect escape from NYC bustle for brunch.

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★★★★★

If I were to open a Vermont-style B&B in NYC, this is it! Wood-beamed ceilings, cozy fireplace, and a quiet wood-themed setting makes you feel like you're somewhere in rural New England, having just stepped off the ski-slopes. Yummy comfort food offerings at a very moderate price makes this lovely restaurant the perfect escape from NYC bustle for brunch.

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"If the queue is long enough, then it must be good". Having seen the line at FOAF on many occasions, I decided to give it a go - in fact several goes. Sure the decor/atmosphere is good, but I just cannot get over the fact that their food is diabolical. Eggs Benedict is not difficult to cook - but their version is just mindnumbingly bland. The hostess is so obnoxious, its worth a visit just to laugh at her. So why all the people? - maybe they got the wrong addres and should instead be next door.

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★★☆☆☆

"If the queue is long enough, then it must be good". Having seen the line at FOAF on many occasions, I decided to give it a go - in fact several goes. Sure the decor/atmosphere is good, but I just cannot get over the fact that their food is diabolical. Eggs Benedict is not difficult to cook - but their version is just mindnumbingly bland. The hostess is so obnoxious, its worth a visit just to laugh at her. So why all the people? - maybe they got the wrong addres and should instead be next door.

Pros: Decor, Atmosphere, Next door to 71 I.P.

Cons: Food, Hostess

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a friend recommended Friend of a Farmer to me and she has visited multiple times, so I had very high expectations. The cornbread that started the meal was delicious, which we followed with the mozzarella and tomato salad. My friend had the chicken with pasta and sundried tomatoes. I had the Terry Alan Chicken. My dinner was good. Her's was mediocre, and what was more unsatisfying was the price tag. While I knew before I went what the prices were like, I would have expected higher quality food for what the entrees were. It seems that in an effort to cook chicken completely which I appreciate, this restaurant achieved safely cooked, but dried out chicken.
The waitstaff was very attentive and pleasant. We had no problems with the service. I may try brunch here sometime, but I will rush to other places before rushing here.

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★★★☆☆

a friend recommended Friend of a Farmer to me and she has visited multiple times, so I had very high expectations. The cornbread that started the meal was delicious, which we followed with the mozzarella and tomato salad. My friend had the chicken with pasta and sundried tomatoes. I had the Terry Alan Chicken. My dinner was good. Her's was mediocre, and what was more unsatisfying was the price tag. While I knew before I went what the prices were like, I would have expected higher quality food for what the entrees were. It seems that in an effort to cook chicken completely which I appreciate, this restaurant achieved safely cooked, but dried out chicken.
The waitstaff was very attentive and pleasant. We had no problems with the service. I may try brunch here sometime, but I will rush to other places before rushing here.

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Like another reviewer, I really want to like this place. Went here with a friend one weekday evening, after the dinner rush but still within dinner hours, and got abysmal service. Apparently there was a large party in the dining room upstairs, but that's no excuse for forgetting about your other tables and leaving your customers to languish for over an hour between salad and entree! My meal, once it arrived, was mostly cold and had clearly been under the heat lamps. Will give it another try, eventually... maybe.

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★★★★☆

Like another reviewer, I really want to like this place. Went here with a friend one weekday evening, after the dinner rush but still within dinner hours, and got abysmal service. Apparently there was a large party in the dining room upstairs, but that's no excuse for forgetting about your other tables and leaving your customers to languish for over an hour between salad and entree! My meal, once it arrived, was mostly cold and had clearly been under the heat lamps. Will give it another try, eventually... maybe.

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