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End of Freeman Alley, New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
Lower East Side centre of the art scene in NY best dining in NYÃ¢Â€ÂŽ -
By markmwhelan on 3/9/2009
Lower east side is the place to be for the art scene in New York and we were really happy to find Freemans after visiting the galleries on Orchard St (Michali Fine Art is incredible). Great food, service and the setting is like being back in the country restaurants in Ireland. Jesus, the food was just divine..look forward to returning.
Maybe it's on again, off again...
By ComteDeLaFere on 4/20/2007
...but each time I've been there, I've had a pretty good time. The food is excellent, as is the atmosphere. Yes, you generally have to wait over an hour for a table, but frankly, there are two bars on the premises to help you through that. If you're too uptight to cut loose and go with the flow - and you REALLY need to keep bugging the host for "updates" - there's a customer-centric, quality-driven Red Lobster up on Times Square that will accomodate. Also, each time I've been here, the service has been wonderful. This week, we had the best waiter we've had at any restaurant, all year.
By nightbirdla on 12/31/2004
There's no place like Freemans
Perfect for cocktails!
By Mercy on 9/27/2010
Lovely time at Freemans...funny and attentive bartender, Frank. Great drinks, especially the Palomino. Will definitely go back!!
Well worth the effort to find it!
By christinawalker on 5/11/2010
Four girls travelled from England & sought out this restaurant from a recommendation. Not easy to find but definately worth the effort. The place was packed so we chose to be seated at the bar & we drank in the atmosphere like school girls. at only 5'2" the bar stool did present me with a challenge but it gave my friends something else to laugh about. The Bar tender was an absolute star & made the evening complete, offering great advice on menu & drink choices. We sampled the French 75, Grey Fairy & Nolita Manhattan cocktails - the French 75 was delicious & I thoroughly recommend it. Me & Paula shared the Artichoke dip & it was plenty for 2 & the most delicious dish ever. Dawn & Sarah had the special of Shrimps & Grit which I can only assume was delicious too as they scoffed the lot! Me & Dawn then had Seared Filet Mignon which melted in the mouth & was scrumptious. Paula had oven roasted chicken which was a such a big portion that she couldn't finish it & Sarah had Grilled Scallops which again was delicious. We had a lovely bottle of red wine during the meal, unfortunately I can't remember the name of it but it was very smooth & mid price range. It was extremely busy & you should allow plenty of time for your visit. This place is not fast food but If you want the very best experience of food freshly prepared for you then it can't be rushed & is worth waiting for. We had a great time & will recommend it to all our friends that get the chance to visit NewYork too.
Freeman's Alley is brilliant!
By GariSprott on 7/27/2008
A high level off creativity brought this magical place to life. There are few bar / restaurants with the presence of Freeman's Alley. Yes, it can be noisy. Yes, it can be crowded. Yes, the wild-eyed tourists may exist (they are everywhere....sorry, you can't get away from them). The back bar is the best spot. If you have a large party, request the semi-private back room. The food is terrific. The atmosphere will take you to another time. The attention to detail is rare. Don't be put off by the Alley entrance. Don't miss the haberdashery or barber shop created by the same brilliant mind.
By nydent on 1/22/2008
Food always reliably good, scene always reliably relaxed, this is my favorite place to go for a laid back dinner out. I think people who knock the place really don't get what its all about. Freeman's isn't a place to go when you're trying to squeeze dinner into your only free hour in the day and it isn't a place to go if you need your server to give you more positive reinforcement than a kindergarten teacher. It's just a cool place with service thats always knowledgeable and respectful, set apart by food thats way above average and has a broad appeal. My favorites are the cheddar toasts and the pork, but you could go back again and again, try different things and never have a bad meal.
Europe in New York
By yny on 10/23/2006
I first walked by Freemans two years ago and didn't have a chance to go until Saturday night when we had a delicious and very reasonable dinner. The ambiance is like being in your eccentric English uncle's home and the alley leading to Freemans is like wandering down a Roman or Parisian alley to find a delicious surprise at the end. Sunday, we brought our extended family of 6 adults, a toddler and an infant. Although getting a reservation was a little problematic because we didn't call at least 24 hours in advance, we did stop by early to say we'd be there at 12:30 and when we arrived a big table was waiting and they were very welcoming of our kids. Wait staff is friendly but at busy times you might get a touch of attitude at the door. Ignore it and persevere; it's well worth it!
Old World Charmer
By JtBaxter on 12/31/2004
Once you've gone down the alley, it seems like you've left present day New York and you're been transported to another time and place. It's location is really cool and so is the decor. The food, service and drinks are all good and made that much better with the price. The place is cheap. It's refreshing to have a new place that's not overpriced with bad service and passable food. I'll definitely go back and will work on becoming a regular. The place is a real gem.
Great Dining Experience
By andrieya on 4/7/2009
We sat at the back bar on a Monday night and the place was packed. Cocktails were a little too sweet. Artichoke dip is evil it's so good! Sardines--a very fresh app. Delicious dressing on the gem salad. Corned beef tongue-okay. Grilled Trout was good but boring compared to the best dishes of the night-- Do NOT miss the pork chop and the fluke. Capped with oh so good Bananas Foster. Highly recommended
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