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Friend of a Farmer

77 Irving Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 19th St.

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Food: 5
Service: 4
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

33% would go back.

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One and Done!

By poker.punim on 9/20/2015

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

What an over-hyped restaurant!! First of all, the wait for brunch is unbelievable, considering one has to eat food that is ill-prepared, takes forever to arrive, and has almost no distinguishing qualities that make the wait worthwhile..My local diner has better food, more generous portions..and does not involve a line around the corner. Service is extremely slow, and food was not prepared as requested. A simple order of scrambled eggs..requested as being lightly cooked, wet, and soft..came dry, overcooked, and lukewarm. Why ask? Why acknowledge the way one wants the eggs done? The biggest mystery for me was the $4.50 cup of coffee..What an outrageous amount to pay for coffee that had no unusual quality! My coffee arrived tepid..I asked for it to be reheated.. When I had finished it, there was no offer to refill my cup..even half a cup of coffee $4.50 per cup would have been a courteous offer..Absolutely not!! my $4.50 coffee was finished..and that was that.. Asking for salt to use on my scrambled eggs required stopping 4..count them..4 separate waiters or busboys to be asked..Finally salt arrived..when the eggs were cold. This is a seriously underwhelming restaurant..Why do people line up?? Or are they'll one-time tourists??? read my headline: One and Done !!!

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5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Friends of the Farmer Restaurant

By DorisAnn on 10/8/2011

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The last few times I have been very disappointed in this restaurant. I was just there a couple of days ago and the food was awful. The steak sandwich consisted of a couple of chunks of overcooked, tough beef with some kind of tasteless sauce. My friend's crab cakes did not taste like crab and her fries weren't even cooked. Service was extremely slow and we spent over $40. for this mess.

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94 out of 193 people found this review helpful.

Terrible service, and they need to learn to poach eggs

By ManhattanMiss on 7/23/2011

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

I really wanted to love this place, because it's so adorable and I like the idea. Unfortunately, my experience was not good. I ordered the eggs benedict, and while one egg came out nicely poached (it's not real poaching mind you, they use an egg poacher pan), the other yolk was firm. I mentioned it to the waiter who took the plate. 15 minutes later he came back with a new plate, but this time both yolks were rock hard. When he came back to ask how it was, I told him it was even worse and showed him. He asked if I wanted him to take it back again, but by this time my fried had completely finished eating, so I declined. He offered me an orange juice, and I declined as I'm not an OJ fan (weird I know). He said, "Well, I'm not taking anything off your bill, so it's either an OJ or nothing." No thanks, I still don't like OJ. This situation could have been fixed in so many ways, but instead he was extremely rude. They could have left my plate and brought me a new egg so I could have eaten with my friend, or they could have comped the meal when they screwed it up twice. They could have at least comped my coffee, or taken my friend's OJ off the check instead of giving me a free one I didn't want, or something. Even if they sent a manager to apologize, I would have given them another try. All of these options are pretty standard hospitality. I won't be returning.

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87 out of 175 people found this review helpful.

all around country lovin'!

By lalalauren on 12/4/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

my friend and i went to FoaF today for breakfast, and had a delish, lovely experience. we shared the bread basket, which had tasty apple butter and a variety of soft, yummy breads {enough to take home!}. i had the Eggs Bennie, which was a nicely sized portion and simply deeelish! it was like being in a country home - especially decorated with presh Christmas holiday decor. one of the best breakfasty-brunch spots i've been to in this city!

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89 out of 201 people found this review helpful.

Really good food, busy on weekends

By lilypad089 on 6/25/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went for lunch on a Monday and it was very cute, had great food, and we got seated right away. I tried to go back for Sunday brunch and there was a line down the sidewalk since they don't take reservations for brunch, so I went elsewhere but want to return soon to taste their breakfast food.

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137 out of 264 people found this review helpful.

Dont understand the hype

By d0veryan on 4/26/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I live in the neighborhood and know the winding line that forms outside FOAF every weekend. I've been twice now, convinced that the lengthy queue and bucolic charm must be redeeming. Sorry to report, it's not. On both occasions it was for brunch. The options were very limited, and when asking for some basic eggs, we were informed they only poach or scramble their eggs. Maybe I'm too low-brow to understand this caliber of cooking eggs - or maybe it's just lame. The food (and beverages) left much to be desired and the service was spotty and unpleasant. Not to mention their offering of a standard bagel and cream cheese, which cost $5. Sorry FOAF. I don't get it.

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