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194 Elizabeth St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Spring St.
By desi.fernndez on 5/13/2015
Had an unpleasant dinner with my family at Peasant where the haughty hostess clearly didn't care about guests. The pizza and desserts were good but the other dishes were less than inspiring. The most disappointing dining experience I have had in New York City in over a decade. I didnâ€™t expect to be treated like a peasant at Peasant
I walked out
By jmnaylor on 10/1/2014
The worst experience I have ever had at a restaurant in New York City. First time I've gotten up and walked out. The service, simply put, was atrocious. It took 20 minutes just to receive our cocktails. Server was nowhere to be found. Lame excuse from the manager - "the bartender ran out of glassware." That's a new one. Then, our starters simply never arrived. After 30 minutes of waiting and trying to flag down our server the manager came over again and apologized for "getting it wrong again". Just walked out at that point. Absolute disaster. If I had the server's name, I'd warn you against getting seated in her section. But I'm sure the food is wonderful.
Rude Service-Dont go if you cant handle embarrassment
By surs on 9/23/2012
Food is pretty good and there is a nice atmosphere. The place can be a little noisey and you need to bring glasses and a light source for the menu. However the food is good enough to compensate for those minor details. The waiter was however very rude and abrupt on many occasions. He made a huge fuss about the tip he got and how unhappy he was with it. If it had been a small tip I would understand but it was more than adequate by all New York standards and extremely good given the arrogance he showed throughout the night. I would have returned if it wasnt for the manner in which he went out of his way to embarrass the entire table. I just couldnt risk returning and causing work colleagues or friends such embarrassment and harassment.
yum yum yum
By sahmad1203 on 2/20/2011
DELICIOUS pasta w rabbit. if possible snag a table by the kitchen
Good food. Good wine. Good service
By america52 on 10/29/2010
The food is dynamic and interesting. The wine list is fantastic (especially the Pelago wine from Umani Ronchi - worth the 190 bucks) The server I had was great. Wine savvy and friendly. Great place for a date, clients or friends. Beautiful restaurant.
biggest disappointment I can remember...
By mlilley16 on 8/13/2010
While the food was bad...amazingly, the service was way worse. First, had the octopus and pizza as an app, both were ok. Actually I guess the pizza was good. We then had the entree special...zuppa de pesce - was beyond terrible. The waitress recommended it, the fish had a good amount of bones in it...? Authentic, I can appreciate - choking hazard I cannot. impossible. Who genuinely likes fish w/a ton of tiny bones in it? Complete turnoff. The lasagna was marginal, the spaghetti w/ clams was simple at best. For dessert we tried the bread pudding which ended up being a fried ball of grease. What trumped everythign was the terrible sevice. The waitress didnt even bother to ask how the food was. She was extremely rude when we confronted her about her lack of attention to our table and was borderline confrontational. Had one of the runners get us a round of drinks, because she was no where to be found for over twenty minutes. Her attitude was unbelievable throughout the whole dinner. Best quote from her (steffy maybe?) once we confronted her was a condescending..."i'm sorry i made your night awful" and she walked away. Overall, this was the worst dining experience ive had in nyc, and Ive lived here for over 10yrs and dine in comparable restaurants at least once a week.
Italian Food for the Non-Italian
By carolk817 on 7/23/2010
Encountered some of the problems discussed in other reviews. Snotty host warned us he would need to "turn the table over" prior to seating us. We were 20 minutes late for a Thursday 6PM reservation. Tables are extremely low to the floor and chairs are just as uncomfortable. Dark as night inside and how lovely to be seated near the kitchen and the hearth ovens on a humid July evening. gnooci was gummy, gritty with flour and heavy. The mushrooms in the dish were excessively salty. My friend had lamb and remarked it was not "piping hot." The cut was very fatty and the color of the meat an unappetizing battleship gray. The appetizers were good. The bread salad was fresh, though I would have enjoyed some salt/pepper on the tomatos. The flourless chocolate cake was too rich, although the peach tart was excellent. However, we felt rushed since the host had already "warned us about needing the table." Needless to say, the place had plenty of empty tables by our dessert time. The waiter was amiable until I attempted to pay with my Discover card and he suddenly developed an attitude. The bussers were too attentive. NYC is awash in other, much better italian restaurants. go try one of them.
Great athmosphere, great food, ok service
By Esthi on 7/18/2010
I loved the athmosphere in the cellar. It is rustic and romantic. Wine was good and the Gnocchi delicious. Fresh, tasty, just yummie. We also had the porc and the lamb, both great. Service was ok, but nothing outstanding. This is the perfect place for a romantic date!
By alexine on 4/10/2010
I went to Peasant with my boyfriend on friday night, and I had a great night. It's a beautiful setting, the food was good, the staff were very friendly and all of this at a good price. Only comment will be that when the room is full of people, it's quite a lot of noise. But that shouldn't keep anyone from going there, it definitely won't keep me. Definitely recommended!
Horrible service from a restaurant that thinks it's all that and a bag of chips...
By BistroChick on 2/19/2010
My friends and I had a reservation at 8 and were running late. Our confirmation said they would hold the reservation for 20 mins but when we called to say we would be late they said they would only hold the reservation for 15 mins. We arrived at the restaurant at 8:15 pm only find that they gave away the table a few mins before and would not seat us for 1 1/2 hrs. This would have been fine but the attitude from the maître d' that went along w/ it was appalling. I'm sorry you are not all that and a bag of chips, you are the maître d' as some adequate restaurant on the LES. I have attended many 5 star restaurants that were less snobby than this place. Although I am sure the food is not as bad as the service (even McDonalds would have been better) you could NOT pay me enough to go back.
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