194 Elizabeth St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Spring St.
By berty on 1/18/2009
I wonder what's making me WANT to say that I had an amazing experience. While no foodie by a New Yorker's definition, I am somewhat travelled and truly love to eat. I started with the beet salad, which was good, but just that. Rabbit lasagne gets points for presentation but didn't taste any rabbit. I also had the flourless chocolate cake, which was rich, but unsatisfying. I tasted my friend's cuttlefish and quince tart. Cuttlefish, yum. Tart, eh. I feel like the best part was the sweet ricotta served with the bread. Am I getting this wrong? I did not, however, have the service problems that some have run into. I also called two hours ahead on a freezing Sunday afternoon when it was snowing, so maybe that's why. Lots of 6 PM reservations like mine, but still many empty tables. When I described my tastes and asked the waiter to suggest a wine(told you, fake foodie), it was exactly what I asked for. I would try Peasant again, but I feel like I need a reason. Give me one?
By emmam on 1/12/2009
Really great food and nice ambience. My gripe was with the service. We had a very snooty waiter. When I requested if he could find out which wine we had ordered at the bar, he pointed to a $90 bottle. When I begged to differ, he argued with me until I said that we had paid $40 for 4 glasses so it could not possibly be the same wine. When we came to pay, I felt we were totally taken advantage of. He had added 20% service to our bill (not even a suggested amount - just added in) despite the menu saying that 18% will only be added for parties of 6 or more. When questioned, he said it was a standard service charge (something to do with our British accents?) and when I pointed out what the menu said he backtracked and said it was a suggested amount. Note to restaurant, don't take advantage of your customers - even if you assume they are tourists (I am not) and you will not see them again. I would have happily dined here again, but because of the service I will not be coming back.
By nycfoodie03 on 7/31/2008
Mediocre food - not worth the rude service. We arrived on time for an 8pm reservation for 7 people, after being warned of a $25/person charge if we were late/did not show. When we arrived our table was not ready and there was no eta. After inquiring about downstairs, we were offered a tiny bench-like table. After seeing a nicer table, with at least chair backs for our older guest, we were told that table was reserved for at 9pm. What is particularly disappointing is that our party was not treated the same way as other parties- the manager rewarded us with a mere shrug and comment "what do you expect me to do?" What I expect is that mgmt be held to the same standards they require of their patrons - when the earlier party arrived late, why were they not told that the table was reserved for a party coming in at 8pm as we were told that we could not have a table reserved for 9pm? I can only assume that my party was not "hip enough" in the contrived look the other patrons seemed to be sporting...
By jwelsh8 on 1/22/2008
My wife and I had walked by Peasant a few times and had recently had a friend who raved about her dinner, so we decided to use my birthday as a prefect opportunity to visit this restaurant. As soon as we came in, the wonderful smell of the oven hit my nose and felt this was going to be a warm and cozy way to spend a bitter January night. We were awed by the waiter's recitation of the menu, loved the airy bread with olive oil and ricotta, and settled in. We started with mozzarella wrapped with prosciutto and octopus from the oven. We then split the amazing gnocchi with rabbit as a middle course. I had venison and L had lamb for our main courses. Both were more rare than we would usually order, but I understand that is necessary with venison. The dinner was capped off with a tasty apple pie and hazelnut ice cream. All in all, a wonderful birthday meal. The staff could have been a bit warmer, the meat could have tad more cooked, but neither detail was enough to color our evening.
By Ifill on 10/15/2007
I was so looking forward to dinner at Peasant, especially after hearing such great things about the food, specifically the wine list, the steak and the great, friendly service. I wasn't blown away by any of it. The beautiful, homey decor with the smokey, brick oven, was just slightly overkill. The smokiness was just overboard and distracting. The waiter seemed overworked and never cracked a smile, which is understandable, since the entire menu was in Italian, no translation. So he had to describe each and every dish in an impossible-to-hear-him amount of noise. It was stressful. There were interesting wines. However, only 3 options of red by the glass, 1 of which was unavailable. The one I chose was so acidic and undrinkable. My barata was delicious, however. But the steak was a total disappointment. Just a giant, charred piece of beef on a plate that was mostly fat and gristle. The best part of the meal was the bread and delicious bowl of whipped ricotta cheese.
By ecbinthecity on 9/18/2007
Peasant gave my boyfriend and I one of the best restaurant experiences we have had, and the place now has a special spot in my heart. Our restaurant choices always involve a homey, local venue, and Peasant definitely fit the bill. We went for an anniversary dinner after an amazing time at Blue Hill a week before...and it was just as good but in a different way. The wait staff is attentive, quirky, down to earth and friendly, the scene is warm and young, the wine is DELICIOUS, and the menu was perfectly Pugliese. I had the best frutti di mare there that I have ever tasted, better than my own--which I can basically prepare blindfolded because I make it so much. The whipped ricotta served with crusty tuscan bread was also a lovely nuance of the meal. Peasant nailed the concept of authentic, unpretentious Italian food in a romantic yet metropolitan environment. I highly recommend it to anyone.
By MirthHouse on 8/17/2007
Our reservation was at 7:30, we were seated at 7:45 and served our meal at 9:30. Unacceptable! The waitress kept telling us our food was being plated, and upon looking at a full restaurant, there was no one with food on the table. Risotto was undercooked and all were underwhelmed. Nice atomosphere is the only thing going for this place.
By MirthHouse on 8/16/2007
It took over an hour and half to be served our meal, my risotto was crunchy, and the waitress was pretentious. Atmosphere was nice, but I'll never go back.
By TheMilkman on 1/31/2007
So, as a self professed "foodie" I like to try out as many restaurants as I can afford. The first time I went to Peasant was on a date, and it was perfect. Nice wine list, dimly lit, and the food was delicious. Everything was salted and incredibly flavorful. Yes, it's expensive, but it is well worth it. I have made a point to mention Peasant every time one of my friends is looking to try something new. I have gone 5 times now, and am just waiting for a reason to go back. I have heard people complain about the wait, however if you go at a reasonable time, show up on time, and chill out at the bar for a minute, it's nothing at all. There is only a wait because this place is jamming, and has been full to the brim every time i have gone. Again, some of the BEST FOOD I have eaten in New York.
By brklynlwyr on 12/3/2006
if you like to be betlittled, this is the place to go. after a decade of living in nyc, the first time i refused to leave a tip. they practically ruined our birthday celebration with the rudest behavior ever by a waitstaff. we had 5 people at a table for 6, and when a sixth friend joined us a little while later, we were yelled at and harassed for taking up space that apparently wasn't ours. unfortunately we had already ordered our food, so we waited it out for the most mediocre, overpriced italian food in nyc. we quickly ate what we could stomach so we could be out of there as soon as possible. the manager was not apologetic or helpful at all. will never go back and encourage everyone to stay away.