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82 Good

A hipster-homespun American restaurant tucked away at the end of a Lower East Side alley.

End of Freeman Alley, New York, NY, 10002


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Hipness and deliciousness tend to be mutually exclusive, but not at this taxidermy-happy pseudo-lodge tucked away at the end of a Lower East Side back alley. The trendsetting place was all the go among the food cognoscenti when it opened in 2005. The crowds may have thinned out a bit since then, but the service is still friendly, the bartenders accomplished, and the food as simple and satisfying as ever. Brunch is best, when the mood is mellower and the kitchen churns out variously fashioned eggs, smoked-fish boards, and that unlikely retro signature dish, hot artichoke dip, at a steady clip.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

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